Army Is Bullish on New Clinics

Medical officials of the U.S. Army are singing the praises of the new type of clinics that are opening close to military installations around the nation.

Designated as Community Based Medical Home clinics, they mainly treat the spouses, children and other loved ones of active-duty soldiers. The first such clinic opened its doors in December 2010 near Kentucky’s Fort Campbell, followed by a dozen more, and plans are in the works for eight more of them around the country.

In general, patients being treated at such places “are delighted with their care,” according to Lt. Col. Timothy Caffrey. The primary care staff officer for the U.S. Army Medical Command, he says the accent is on familiarity.

The chief aim is to make sure that when patients come in for care they see their primary-care team – doctors, nurses and others treating them continuously.

Caffrey said satisfaction surveys report that a high percentage of patients are saying “that this is the best experience of care they have had in Army Medicine, so I think we are on the right track.”

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