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Fort Carson Mountaineer

EACH opens clinic in east Springs

Photo by Joel Sundquist.   The Mountain Post Medical Home, located on Platte Avenue, just west of Powers Boulevard, will have the capability to care for more than 8,000 TRICARE Prime eligible beneficiaries.

Photo by Joel Sundquist. The Mountain Post Medical Home, located on Platte Avenue, just west of Powers Boulevard, will have the capability to care for more than 8,000 TRICARE Prime eligible beneficiaries.

By U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Public Affairs

A new off-post primary care clinic operated by the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity – Fort Carson began seeing patients Feb. 18.

The clinic is located on the first floor of the Patriot VII building in Patriot Park, at 565 Space Center Drive, which is on Platte Avenue, just west of Powers Boulevard, and occupies about 14,000 square feet on the north end of the building.

It was designed with input from military Family members who wanted a clinic that is convenient, provides comprehensive family and pediatric medicine, has easy-to-obtain appointments and has a staff that treats them like Family members.

“We are very pleased to provide our patients with such a magnificent facility conveniently located close to where most of our beneficiaries live,” said Michael D. Wheeler, the clinic’s group practice manager.

“Our capacity is 8,124 TRICARE Prime eligible beneficiaries, which includes active-duty Family members, retirees and their Family members.”

To ensure patients receive the care they need, the Mountain Post Medical Home has 35 dedicated government civilian staff members, six primary care managers — two family medicine physicians, a pediatrician, two family nurse practitioners and a physician assistant — a “float” family medicine physician and a clinical psychologist on staff.

The clinic’s staff will provide patient family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, pharmacy, laboratory services and immunizations. Specialty care will continue to be provided at Evans Army Community Hospital or one of the other Colorado Springs military treatment facilities.

Community-based medical homes are part of the Army’s implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home initiative. This is a model of care that improves patient health by more fully integrating comprehensive health services that are delivered by a provider-led team and stresses active patient involvement. Patient centered medical home establishes primary care as the foundation of a system designed to keep patients well and out of the hospital and emergency room.

The Mountain Post Medical Home will improve access to health care services, including behavioral health, for active-duty Family members; the quality of care and the patient experience through implementation of Patient Centered Medical Home model; value through standardization and optimization of resources enabling operations at an economic advantage to the Department of Defense; and support the readiness of the Army through its support to Army Family members.

Mountain Post Medical Home is the second off-post clinic EACH has opened. The grand opening of Premier Army Health Clinic was held Nov. 10, 2009. It is located in the Premier Health Plaza, 3920 N. Union Blvd., Suite 200, on the southwest corner of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Union Boulevard. The clinic is currently reorganizing to the Patient Centered Medical Home concept.

TRICARE beneficiaries who want to make the Mountain Post Medical Home or Premier Army Health Clinic their primary care clinic must visit a TRICARE Service Center at EACH, the U.S. Air Force Academy or Peterson Air Force Base. The Evans TSC is located near the west main entrance in room 1011 and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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