by Chris Willis
341st Missile Wing
3/27/2015 - MALSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- The
341st Medical Group opened its doors to a group of surveyors from the
Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care, March 24 to 27.
More than 3,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United
States are accredited by AAAHC. Accreditation highlights a facility's
long-standing dedication to providing the best possible levels of care
to the patients it serves.
The three-day inspection occurs every three years and covers virtually
every aspect of the hospital system, from patient treatment to
infectious disease control. The survey also helps to identify areas
within the hospital that could possibly improve and enhance the quality
of health care they provide.
Senior Airman Linda Iammapollo, 341st Medical Group health service
management technician, previously stationed in Alaska, has been working
for the 341st MDG for more than a year and this was her first AAAHC
"I have been through inspections before but not to the level of
innovations we are currently working on to provide our patients with a
higher level of care," said Iammapollo.
The MDG enhanced medical services by; extending immunization hours to
include lunch, implementing immediate care to babies born at medical
facility outside of the base, and providing monthly educational programs
to new parents or to those wanting to receive the training.
"One of the goals for the medical group is to support our patients with a
safe and centralized quality health care, and that is what we strive
for," said Iammapollo. "I believe the inspectors saw that."
Col. Christopher Phillips, 341st Medical Group commander, and his staff
of 2,030, support more than 10,000 enrollees comprised of active duty,
dependants, and retirees. The group aids the wing's mission of
providing a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrence across 13,800
square miles of Montana.
"The medical group's job is to take care of the Airmen and their families so they can complete the mission," Phillips said.
In 2006, the 341st MDG achieved the AAAHC accreditation making it the
first Air Force Medical Treatment Facility to attain that status. There
have been two more inspections since then, each time improving the
quality of care administered by the clinic.
"That's another thing the AAAHC looks for-are you an organization
dedicated to continued improvement?," Phillips said. "Are you
constantly looking for ways to be more effective and more efficient to
deliver better care?"