News happening around Little Rock Air Force Base
By Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols, 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 07, 2018
Capt. Brennan Schilperoort, 41st Airlift Squadron pilot, has his eye inspected by Maj. Felicia Rinken, 19th Medical Group optometrist, July 24, 2017 at the 19th Medical Group optometry clinic on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. The optometry clinic ensures Airmen at Little Rock Air Force base are visually fit to fight by providing annual eye exams, pre-operation and post operation eye care, and diagnosing and treating eye infections. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Codie Collins)
Senior Airman Akilah Hall, 19th Medical Support Squadron diagnostic imaging technologist, examines an X-ray Dec. 5, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The X-rays are taken on a X-ray cassette. The cassettes are reusable and designed to last for years . (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)
Airman 1st Class Bianca Miller, 19th Medical Operations Squadron pediatric medical technician, gives Reid a sticker after an appointment June 6, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The pediatrics clinic is comprised of approximately eight members and sees approximately 90 patients a week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)
Little Rock Air Force base is home to the 19th Medical Group, a clinic operated by military and civilian personnel servicing 653 individuals daily.
The 19th MDG houses the Family Health section which serves a wide variety of needs, as well as other offices tailored to more specific avenues of care, such as dental, laboratory services, optometry and immunizations.
“The clinic is important for the readiness of our military members,” said Capt. Dona Brady, 19th MDG clinical nurse health care integrator. “We prioritize providing safe and effective medical care which is a key component to enabling mission completion. Our hope is that our presence not only secures the global deployment capabilities of our members but gives them peace of mind knowing their families are well cared for in their absence.”
Patients who require a procedure or service not offered by the clinic are given off-base referrals by their primary care provider. The clinic has partnered with doctors and hospitals in the area for specialty medical services not provided in the facility in order to ensure individuals receive needed care.
The facility is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for holidays and the fourth Thursday of the month for readiness training.
For emergency medical care please call 911, as there isn’t an emergency room on the installation. For information and care when the clinic is not open, beneficiaries may call the Nurse Hotline at 800-444-5445.