Back to Top Skip to main content

Nellis medical center celebrates 25 years

Air Force Col. Alfred Flowers, 99th Medical Group commander, and Army Staff Sgt. Michael O’Callaghan, (grandson of the former Gov. O’Callaghan) reveal a portrait of O’Callaghan during a ceremony celebrating the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center’s 25th Anniversary on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 12, 2019. The portrait will hang in the MOMMC to honor the center's namesake. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum) Air Force Col. Alfred Flowers (left), 99th Medical Group commander, and Army Staff Sgt. Michael O’Callaghan, (grandson of the former Gov. O’Callaghan) reveal a portrait of O’Callaghan during a ceremony celebrating the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center’s 25th Anniversary on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 12, 2019. The portrait will hang in the MOMMC to honor the center's namesake. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum)

Recommended Content:

Military Hospitals and Clinics

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center (MOMMC) celebrated 25 years of operation Nov. 12 during a ceremony attended by base and community leadership at Nellis Air Force Base.

The event commemorated Mike O’Callaghan, the celebrated combat veteran and former Nevada governor for which the facility was named, and the groundbreaking for the 99th Medical Group’s brand new emergency wing slated to open in the next three years.

“If you’re wounded in combat or injured in any of your daily tasks, we’re here and prepared for you,” said Air Force Col. Alfred Flowers, 99 MDG commander. “We train, equip and deploy in order to take care of the next governor, or the next Purple Heart winner - the next Mike O’Callaghan.”

Since the doors opened in 1994, MOMMC has consistently distinguished itself as one of the U.S. military’s highest performing and most innovative medical facilities. On a daily basis, hospital staff care for 1,137 patients, perform an average of 15 surgeries, 237 radiology procedures and 2,224 lab procedures. They also attend to an average of 96 emergency room visitors, perform two births and fill 2,442 pharmacy prescriptions.

The numbers are staggering, but even still, big improvements are on the horizon.

“The series of projects we have lined up over the next three years will usher the way for us to have the American College of Surgeons certify us on our trauma capabilities.” said Flowers. “We’ve been working very hard with the backing of the Air Force Surgeon General, who has deemed this the number one strategic priority in Air Force medicine today.”

Though the hospital boasts innumerable awards and accomplishments during its first three decades in service, Airmen and employees of the 99 MDG will look to channel O’Callaghan’s famous energy and vigor in facing the new challenges that lay ahead. A series of projects totaling $500 million aim to make MOMMC the Air Force’s flagship medical facility and the Department of Defense benchmark. With new facilities and funding, MOMMC is on-track to be certified federally as a level III trauma center with the ability to admit and care for off-base patients. Though Nellis medics have already responded to multiple emergency situations throughout southern Nevada, this initiative is the first step towards establishing MOMMC as a primary community option in trauma care.

“Whether it’s their medical expertise, or their training, or their boots on the ground in the neighborhood cleaning up trash and speaking to our youth, Nellis has always been a big part of our community,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilynn Kirkpatrick. “Everything I love about Nevada is all right here in one spot.”

Nellis’ medical center is one of three structures in the state named after a man known for his energy, tenacity, ambition and dedication to his fellow man. In the face of new opportunities to innovate, the 99 MDG will work to carry that legacy forward.

Disclaimer: Re-published content may be edited for length and clarity. Read original post.

 

You also may be interested in...

DHA PI 6025.10: Change 1: Standard Processes, Guidelines, and Responsibilities of the DoD Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities in the Military Health System (MHS) Military Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs)

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI), based on the authority of References (a) through (d), and in accordance with the guidance of References (e) through (t), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) procedures to begin standard processes and guidelines for the Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, Reference (e)), in MTFs.

Continuing Implementation of the Reform of the Military Health System

Policy

This memorandum directs the continued implementation of the Military Health System (MHS) organizational reform required by 10 U.S.C. § 1073c, and sections 71 land 712 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The DoD policy for this reform is guided by the goals of improved readiness, better health, better care, and lower cost. The Department will advance these objectives through specific organizational reforms directed by Congress and the continued direction of the Secretary of Defense·anct the National Defense Strategy.

Implementing Congressional Direction for Reform of the Military Health System

Policy

Policy Memorandum, signed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan, to direct implementation of the Military Health System (MHS) organizational reform required by the National Defense Authorization Act.

DHA-PI 6025.03: Standard Processes and Criteria for Establishing Urgent Care (UC) Services and Expanded Hours and Appointment Availability in Primary Care in Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) to Support an Integrated Health Care System (IHCS)

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI), based on the authority of References (a) through (c), and in accordance with the guidance of References (d) through (l), describes standard processes and criteria for the establishment of UC services and expanded hours and appointment availability in primary care in MTFs.

Military Health System Prescription Transfer Procedures

Policy

Effective immediately, all Department of Defense (DoD) military treatment facility (MTF) outpatient pharmacies will accept patient requests for prescription transfers from another MTF and from retail pharmacies. When another pharmacy requests prescription transfer information on behalf of a patient, DoD MTF outpatient pharmacies will respond to the inquirer in a timely manner.

Showing results 1 - 5 Page 1 of 1

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.