422nd Medical Squadron achieves Superior Access Award

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  • By Senior Airman Chase Sousa
  • 501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs
The 422nd Medical Squadron has been awarded the 2017 Air Force Medical Service Superior Access to Care Award.

“Two years ago we were struggling to meet the Air Force Medical Services requirements,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Crane, 422nd Medical Squadron Administrator. “So we really started to focus on it daily.”

The award was given after a 57 percent improvement in patient appointment availability.

The accomplishment marks the second consecutive year the squadron has won the AFMS Superior Access to Care Award.

“The daily work pays off, not only for our squadron but for all of our beneficiaries as well,” said Crane.

The 422MDS is geographically separated from the 501st Combat Support Wing and operates a limited scope Military Treatment Facility; (MTF) providing care for military personnel, dependents and retirees.

“We’re a squadron the size of a flight doing the work of a group,” said Col. Kristell Michael, 422nd Medical Squadron Commander. “The amount of work each Airmen has to do to make the MTF successful is challenging but the 422MDS medics constantly rise to that challenge; doing the right thing for the patient everyday adds up. We didn’t set out to win an award, we set out to do the right thing.”