78th MDG prepares for inspection

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The 78th Medical Group will undergo a thorough accreditation survey and inspection Aug. 16-20. Representatives from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care will evaluate the group on compliance with national ambulatory health care standards. During the same time period, the medical group will also undergo a Health Services Inspection performed by the Air Force Inspection Agency.

According to Lt. Col. Joyce Fiedler, chief of the medical staff, the re-accreditation survey was requested by the 78th MDG commander, Col. James Little, to evaluate and improve the quality of health care delivered to the Robins community. The accreditation renewal process starts with a thorough self assessment and performance review by the medical group, followed by a visit from a team of accreditation expert surveyors.

Fielder said there are more than 200 specific AAAHC survey standards and detailed criteria personnel must meet to maintain full accreditation status. There are 1,365 additional medical criteria standards the group will be evaluated on for the HSI.

"The accreditation certificate shows the group is committed to delivering high quality health care and, in the process, has met or exceeded national standards," Little said. "This survey ensures the medical group delivers high quality care to our nation's military and family members and is held accountable to national civilian standards."

In order to maintain continued accreditation, the medical group must undergo a comprehensive survey once every three years.

"We are already fully confident that we deliver the highest quality of care to the Robins family and this survey will validate our efforts," Little said.

The 78th MDG clinic and satellite functions will continue normal operations with no interruptions to operating hours. All patient care services will be available during the survey.

Anyone with pertinent and valid information about the 78th MDG's provision of health care delivery or compliance with AAAHC standards should contact Maj. Stephenie McCue at 327-7727.