Patrick AFB begins $18.5M medical clinic upgrade
By 1st Lt. Karl Wiest, 45th SW Public Affairs
/ Published August 13, 2010
Patrick AFB, Fla. -- The 45th Space Wing Medical Group held a Groundbreaking Ceremony here on August 13 to kickoff an $18.5 million building renovation of the medical clinic.
The renovation project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus program.
"These new renovations will transform the Patrick Air Force Base Medical Group facilities into a state of the art outpatient clinic to be utilized by joint active duty and reserve servicemembers, the Space Coast's vast military retiree population, and their families," said Col. Corinne Naughton, 45th SW Medical Group commander. "Currently, our clinic handles well over 60,000 patient visits each year and these renovations will certainly enhance the already stellar care provided to our patients by our medics."
The renovations, which will occur in several phases, will augment the services already provided by the clinic and are designed to inconvenience patients as little as possible throughout the entire process.
"This is a giant step forward for our medical clinic, its dedicated staff, and the patients seen here," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, 45th SW commander. "We have the best medical treatment staff I have ever seen here and once complete the new facilities will match the top of the line care given here by our exceptional medical professionals. Ultimately, what we are doing here today is making a promise to the servicemembers of yesterday and today that they will get the best care possible."