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Base officials announce plans to transition hospital into outpatient clinic

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Base officials announced a plan today to transition the inpatient hospital on base to an outpatient clinic by this summer.

The plan is designed to focus on the health and well-being of airmen and families while ensuring medical personnel are current, trained and equipped to support the full spectrum of military operations.

While inpatient services such as general surgery and obstetrics will transition to Tricare network civilian facilities in Mountain Home and Boise, outpatient medical services like flight medicine, family practice, pediatrics, optometry, dental care, the pharmacy, the 24/7 urgent care center and other support services will still be offered by the 366th Medical Group.

Those enrolled in one of the clinics in the 366 MDG do not need to do anything to change primary care physicians or providers. Similarly, expectant mothers impacted by the timing of the change have been and will be appropriately counseled regarding birthing options in the area. Additionally, enrolled beneficiaries do not need to change their Tricare options as a result of this transition (e.g. there is no need to change from Tricare Prime unless other circumstances exist requiring a change).

"For more specific questions, please do not hesitate to come into your 366 MDG, and we will be happy to address your specific questions and concerns," said Col. Andrew Moore, 366th MDG commander. "We are committed to providing you the highest quality and safest healthcare possible with customer service that exceeds your expectations."

A website with frequently asked questions has been set up at http://www.mountainhome.af.mil/About/Military-Treatment-Facility-Transition. The page will grow as more information becomes available.