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December 8th, 2017





           


 
            
 
 
  
 

28th MDG continues excellence with CAP inspection

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, places a blood sample into a centrifuge at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. A centrifuge is a laboratory device that is used to separate fluids, gas or liquid, based on density, and is achieved by spinning a vessel containing the material at high speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, places a blood sample into a centrifuge at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. A centrifuge is a laboratory device that is used to separate fluids, gas or liquid, based on density, and is achieved by spinning a vessel containing the material at high speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, sorts various blood samples for different tests at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. The samples are separated into basic chemistry, which involves level checks such as glucose, enzymes and red blood cell count, while other samples require more in-depth tests, which are then sent out to varying clinics for further testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, sorts various blood samples for different tests at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. The samples are separated into basic chemistry, which involves level checks such as glucose, enzymes and red blood cell count, while other samples require more in-depth tests, which are then sent out to varying clinics for further testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, prepares blood samples for shipment at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. Once the samples have gone through the centrifuge and separated, they are then poured into separate containers to be shipped to other clinics in the local area or Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio wide for further testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, prepares blood samples for shipment at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. Once the samples have gone through the centrifuge and separated, they are then poured into separate containers to be shipped to other clinics in the local area or Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio wide for further testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, prepares blood samples for shipment at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. Once the samples have gone through the centrifuge and separated, they are then poured into separate containers to be shipped to other clinics in the local area or Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio wide for further testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, prepares blood samples for shipment at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. Once the samples have gone through the centrifuge and separated, they are then poured into separate containers to be shipped to other clinics in the local area or Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio wide for further testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, checks to ensure information between the shipment vials and database match prior to packaging at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. Checking information prior to shipment prevents any complications or delays in receiving a patient’s test results. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, checks to ensure information between the shipment vials and database match prior to packaging at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. Checking information prior to shipment prevents any complications or delays in receiving a patient’s test results. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, finishes packaging a shipment of lab samples at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016.
When a patient’s samples require more advanced tests, they are packaged and shipped to either local area clinics or Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

Airman 1st Class Kristen Lowder, a medical laboratory technician assigned to the 28th Medical Support Squadron, finishes packaging a shipment of lab samples at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Nov. 7, 2016. When a patient’s samples require more advanced tests, they are packaged and shipped to either local area clinics or Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Denise M. Jenson)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Personnel assigned to the 28th Medical Group are no strangers to delivering top-notch care to the Ellsworth Airmen and their families. From x-rays to simple checkups, the 28th MDG has shown its dedication to their mission of providing quality healthcare and ensuring Airmen are mission capable with their recent string of awards.

From being the number one Air Combat Command Clinic of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2015, to recently being certified by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S., members of team Ellsworth can rest assured the 28th MDG takes pride in accomplishing their mission.

Now the clinic has another accomplishment to add to the growing list: the 28th Medical Support Squadron clinical laboratory recently received a no-notice inspection from the College of American Pathologists, achieving a zero-discrepancy success.

“[The] CAP inspects both Department of Defense and civilian laboratories,” said Col. Christopher Dun, the commander of the 28th MDG. “It is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ within the industry for validating clinical safety and quality.”

This organization is made up of board-certified pathologists who serve patients, pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

“The clinical lab offers services to around 16,000 beneficiaries in the area, while also supporting the medical staff,” said 1st Lt. Elizabeth Martinez, the clinical laboratory flight commander. “In addition, we provide services for specialty health care providers off base. With both of those numbers combined, that’s about 165 providers we offer our services to.”

Dun noted the zero discrepancy inspection placed Ellsworth’s clinical lab in the top one percent of all labs inspected this year.

“It feels wonderful knowing that our technicians work hard to accomplish their mission every day,” Martinez said. “Seeing their hard work pay off is so rewarding.”