Vandenberg's 30th MDG earns Air Force's best clinic award
By Airman 1st Class Steve Bauer , 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 29, 2010
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's 30th Medical Group recently earned the 2009 Air Force Surgeon General Award for Best Clinic.
Col. Janice Wallace, the 30th MDG commander, is scheduled to receive the Air Force-level award at the Military Health System Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28.
The Air Force Surgeon General Award for Best Clinic is presented to the active-duty hospital or clinic that has accomplished or made significant contributions in the areas of mission support and customer service over the course of a year.
"This award is really a testament to the teamwork we have at the clinic and the support we have received and the opportunities we were given from Team Vandenberg," said Lt. Col. Patrick Reese, the 30th Medical Support Squadron Commander. "Over this past year, our executive team has seen a lot of new faces. This award recognizes the hard work of the medics Team Vandenberg sees every day. Their accomplishments throughout the year formed the basis for our nomination."
In 2009, the 30th MDG received recognition for numerous, highly-visible achievements including the completion of an $18 million clinic renovation, a successful humanitarian operation in Costa Rica and the preparation of 400 Vandenberg Airmen for deployments without any discrepancies.
Although the achievement was a collaborative 30th MDG effort, the dedication of each individual is what made the award possible.
"The people here are willing to go the extra mile to give the best possible care for everyone on base," Colonel Reese said. "Our big thing is taking care of Vandenberg's Airmen and their families. We believe it is important to make sure our Airmen get the kind of treatment they deserve and need."
A high priority of the 30th MDG is the continuation of healthcare training and operational readiness.
"Training is something that we do continuously here," Colonel Reese said. "We take full advantage of the time we set aside for training to help our clinic work even better as a team overall."
As the best clinic in the Air Force for 2009, the 30th MDG plans to continue its award-winning practices in 2010.
"Our goals for this year are to fulfill the satisfaction of our patients and continue supporting the mission here at Vandenberg," Colonel Reese said. "This award has given our staff incentive to keep working hard and capitalize on this type of top-notch recognition."