Get to Know Your Medical Home

  • Published
  • By Lt. Col. Chris Berberick
  • 22nd Medical Operations Squadron commander
The 22nd Medical Operations Squadron provides the majority of clinical care to McConnell Air Force Base.

Our 71 member team is responsible for providing healthcare to approximately 11,000 patients. The squadron is made up of personnel in 14 distinct Air Force Specialty Codes and is divided into four flights.

The medical services flight delivers primary care including, family health, pediatrics, women's health and immunizations. This 51 member flight encounters an average of 455 patients each day. The flight includes four family practice physicians, one pediatrician, three nurse practitioners, three physician assistants, six registered nurses, and 34 medical technicians.

The mental health flight delivers behavioral healthcare including, mental health, family advocacy and alcohol and drug avoidance prevention and treatment. They are comprised of two psychologists, four social workers, one registered nurse, six mental health technicians, and two medical administrative technicians.

The physical therapy flight delivers physical medicine and rehabilitative services. They provide an average of 24 encounters per day in approximately 40 different therapeutic treatment modalities and support referrals for 22 area surgeons. The flight is currently comprised of one doctor of physical therapy and a physical therapy technician.

The education and training flight provides for the ongoing training and development of members in all Air Force medical service specialty codes. The flight is made up of an education and training nurse and a unit training manager.

In addition to supporting the 276 members of the 22nd Medical Group, they are responsible for all life support and self aid and buddy care training for all 22nd Air Refueling Wing personnel.

The 22nd MDOS utilizes the 'Patient Centered Medical Home' model of healthcare delivery. The foundation of PCMH centers on continuity of care to promote a trusting and therapeutic relationship between the patient and the medical team. Providing care in this type of relationship is demonstrated to improve health outcomes and patient and team satisfaction with the experience of care.

Our primary care clinics have been successful in meeting PCMH goals, including 95 percent continuity with patients seeing their assigned medical team. Not to mention, an incredible 98 percent access to care and 99 percent patient satisfaction. We are working continuously to align our practices to meet the needs of our patients and they are responding in very positive ways.

In conjunction with delivering high quality healthcare, our primary focus is ensuring the individual medical readiness of Team McConnell. Our squadron has worked tirelessly to provide the 22nd ARW with a fit and ready force. Our wing has maintained a readiness rate near 90 percent and is consistently number one in Air Mobility Command.

The 22nd MDOS is privileged to provide medical care to the men and women of the 22nd ARW. We consider it an honor to care for our nation's Airmen and their families and are proud to be your medical home.