Medical Group hosts community outreach event

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  • By Lt. Col. Melinda Screws
  • 78th Medical Group
Col. James Dienst, 78th Medical Group commander, in collaboration with Humana Healthcare Services and TRICARE, recently hosted a community outreach event.

The purpose of the event was to offer network healthcare providers and community healthcare leaders an opportunity to visit the 78th MDG and to promote relationship building between local and military healthcare providers.

"This was a superb outreach event that will enhance our relationship and communication with our mission partners in the middle Georgia community," said Dienst. "We absolutely depend on this community team of healthcare professionals in allowing us to provide the world-class healthcare our patients deserve. Bottom line - we cannot do this alone."

Distinguished visitors included retired Maj. Gen. Rondal Smith, Mary Therese Tebbe from the 21st Century Partnership, and Don Avery, 78th MDG honorary commander.

Attendees were greeted with a military working dog demonstration and an Airman warrior static display.
This set the stage for discussion of the military environment and unique military medical issues. Dienst opened the program with welcoming comments.

In lieu of a formal presentation, attendees had an opportunity to talk with medical staff and toured the medical facility.

Each clinical and operational area showcased its expertise and answered questions from network providers.

Door prizes were awarded at the end of the night. More than 100 community members attended the event. According to medical group officials, the evening would not have been possible without support from Humana Healthcare Services, TRICARE, the 21st Century Partner-ship and Houston Healthcare.