The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter e Air Force recognizes the achievements of the men and women who comprise the Biomedical Sciences Corps (BSC) by designating 26 30 January, 2015, as BSC Appreciation Week. is year is noteworthy as it marks the 50th Anniversary of the Biomedical Sciences Corps. e BSCs roots date back to 1917, when the Sanitary Corps was established to combat infectious diseases. e Army Medical Administrative Corps followed three years later. In 1949, the Air Force Medical Service was ocially established. e Air Force Medical Service continued to expand over the next two decades and in 1965, the Biomedical Sciences Corps was born. Over the past 50 years, the BSC continued to expand its range of personnel to include a wide variety of medically-trained professionals. To date, the BSCs mission is to enhance Air Force combat capability and eectiveness by providing world-class customer service and scientic expertise, resulting in peak force performance, productivity, and quality healthcare to our beneciary population. Comprised of 15 primary specialty codes, e 65th Medical Group, although small and undermanned, had two recent accomplishments that ensure its beneciaries are getting quality care. ey received a three-year accreditation from the U.S. Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Heath Care, Inc. and passed a no-notice inspection from the College of American Pathologist. All the clinics and the hospitals in the Air Force go through the health care accreditation to measure the performance of care and promote safety and quality. Its a standard of care that the Air Force wants to show to its patients and we want to make sure that our levels of care meet those and national standards, said Ricky Baptista, 65th MDG director of quality. Checklists were sent out to section heads and then a team inspected how they thought the AAAHC inspectors might inspect them. We gave them an opportunity to show themselves o, Baptista said. We gave them an opportunity to show us how they are successful at doing what they do. Some of that success and professionalism takes place when Airmen step up to ll roles that their undermanned group doesnt have the personnel for. One example is where non-commissioned ocers are running programs that normally a company-grade ocer would run. Truly every single member of the team directly or indirectly provided to this accreditation, Baptista said. Capt. Jamie Williamson, 65th Medical Support Squadron chief of diagnostics and therapeutics, and her team completed self-inspections evaluating all their practices against customized checklists provided by the CAP. Additionally, the medical director, out of Lakenheath, came and performed a sta assisted visit. One of the greatest challenges at any small location is the high turn-over in personnel expertise, Williamson said. Shorter tour lengths drive lower continuity and higher frequency of deciencies in standards of practice. In addition, a credentialed pathologist is a CAP requirement and most small facilities do not have a pathologist on sta, so to ensure compliance with accreditation standards, small facilities are then required to enter into a Memorandum of Under standing with a Pathologist from a facility within their region. Such is the case here at Lajes with our medical director being stationed out of Lakenheath. If they had not passed, the laboratory would have been closed down. Not only did they pass, but according to the inspector they did very well. We were held accountable against 494 standards of practice and received zero discrepancies, Williamson said. e inspector lauded, is lab is in the top ve percent of all labs Ive inspected, which he has personally inspected over 40 in his career. Team Lajes, Many families who are PCSing to and from overseas locations oen carry larger amounts of luggage. Is there any way families can have two adjoining rooms in lodging to accommodate the luggage and family members without receiving additional fees? Our FSS team looked into the issue and acknowledges that many families, when PCSing to and from overseas, have a large amount of luggage. Lodging does oer two adjoining rooms, one as a living space and the other to accommodate luggage. FSS has assured that families will not acquire additional fees because of the added room. Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force COMMANDERS ACTION LINEFacebook USAFE January 23, 2015 US Embassy, PortugalBiomedical Sciences Corps 50th AnniversaryBy Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf 65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs 65th Med Group earns accreditation, passes inspectionBy: Lt. Col. David A. Eisenach JBSA-Lackland, Texas For more on "Biomedical" see page 2


Eagle Eyes GTC Payment Options Expanded Inuenza Vaccine Available New housing website All members PCSing from Lajes Field with Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) TMO Information Civilian Personnel Newsletter Non-command sponsored dependents memorandum BAH Revalidation Required for All Airmen 65th Medical Group Closed for Training 2nd Tuesday of Each Month Holocaust Remembrance Day Project Ocer Wanted Annual Awards Ceremony January 24 Lajes School Family ursday January 29 No School: January 23 and 30 School Advisory Council Meeting January 28 Parent Forum January 30 Wing Promotion Ceremony January 30 Black History Month Breakfast 4 FebruaryTech. Sgt. Ninfa McKnight, 65th Medical Group, bioenvironmental non-com Force photo/Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf) Community Events Base AnnouncementsCommanders Action Line by2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective the BSC is the most diverse corps in the Air Force Medical Service. Capitalizing on their breadth of expertise, the BSC motto is: United in the Mission. With 2,400 ocers, supported by 5,800 enlisted members in parallel career elds, BSC members can be found at 81 locations around the world and also in multiple settings. e BSC encompasses physical therapy, optometry, podiatry, physician assistants, audiology, speech pathology, clinical psychology, clinical social work, occupational therapy, aerospace and operational physiology, dietetics, bioenvironmental engineers, public health, medical entomology, pharmacy, biomedical laboratory, healthcare facilities architects/engineers and health & medical physics. In addition to specialty roles within our medical treatment facilities, BSC ocers are embedded within operational units, serve at every level of medical command, and lead on stas of the MAJCOMs, Forward Operating Agencies, and Headquarters Air Force. Additionally, the Biomedical Sciences Corps is heavily invested in research and a host of other vital roles to meet the demands of the Air Force mission. Please join the Air Force in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Biomedical Sciences Corps and recognizing the contributions of these outstanding men and women who dedicate their lives to improving health, maximizing performance, and providing trusted medical care to support our most vital resource, our Airmen. Local Volleyball Games Movie Schedule (Praia & Angra) Click to read for more Base Announcements Click to read for more Community Events Click to read for more Island Events"Biomedical" from page 1