By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Team Schriever is home to approximately 20 mission partners working on various missions and functions. One of the newest units to the base is the 21st Medical Squadron.
It has been little more than a year since Team Schriever welcomed 21 MDS as part of its family at the squadron’s activation June 22, 2012.
“Since standing up the new medical squadron, we have seen our relationship with Team Schriever expand to great heights,” said Lt. Col. Brent Sonday, 21 MDS’s first and current commander. “It has been phenomenal serving such grateful members who make up the Schriever team.”
The unit is responsible for providing comprehensive medical care to more than 5,000 beneficiaries annually.
“We have increased our clinical and support medical squadron team by 28 personnel for a 300 percent increase in clinical operations [during] the past year, and we have seen a 133 percent increase in our dependent enrollment,” Sonday said.
Housed at the Schriever Clinic, the mission of the squadron includes development of processes to provide seamless, patient-focused care to the Schriever beneficiary population, which includes diagnostic, preventative and treatment-related health care services.
The clinic handles most medical services for service members assigned to Schriever AFB, dependents and retired military members. Services include primary care, aeromedical, dental, immunizations, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, public health, mental health and optometry.
Additionally, the squadron provides patient education and continuity of care for health maintenance as well as for the acute and chronic management of disease and injury.
In collaboration with the chief of medicine, the squadron develops health-care related information requirements that are used to establish programs that continuously analyze and improve provider performance, patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes while enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of all key processes.
The 21 MDS also provides the necessary medical response to support the 50th Space Wing’s emergency management plan during contingency operations in the event of major accidents, natural disasters or chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorist threats.
“We are fortunate to have the 21 MDS here to provide quality healthcare to our military members and their family,” said Col. Bill Liquori, 50 SW commander. “What they provide is essential in accomplishing Team Schriever’s mission.”
Sonday echoed the same sentiment and hopes to expand the relationship.
“I look forward to another great year as we continue our focus on increasing and adding essential medical services for the members of Team Schriever, which will allow for more time spent on the mission,” Sonday said.
For more information, visit the Schriever clinic website at http://www.schriever.af.mil/units/baseclinic.asp.