Medical Squadron receives excellent rating during inspection

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  • By Master Sgt. Bryan Ripple
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
A four-member team from Headquarters Air Force Inspection Agency (AFIA), Directorate of Medical Operations, performed a Health Services Inspection (HSI) of the 910th Medical Squadron from December 1-4, 2005. 

Upon arrival at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, the team received an in-briefing from Col. Tim Thomson, commander of the 910th Airlift Wing and Lieutenant Colonel Mary C. DeLucia, commander of the 910th Medical Squadron. 

The HSI was conducted under Inspector General Activities in order to: assess readiness; provide an independent assessment of medical care; identify instances of fraud, waste or abuse and to evaluate and report on the effectiveness and efficiency of medical management at the medical squadron. 

Fifty-one separate elements were evaluated. Element scoring ranged from 0 to 4 with a “non-applicable” option with 4=fully compliant; 3=minor discrepancy; 2=major discrepancy; 1=critical discrepancy and 0=programmatic failure. All elements were also weighted 1-5 based on criticality (5 most critical – 1 least critical). The weight multiplied by the element score results in the computed score. The verbal rating score for HSI is as follows: 94-100=outstanding; 85-93=excellent; 75-84=Satisfactory; 70-74=marginal and < 70=unsatisfactory. 

The medial squadron received an overall rating of “Excellent” with a numerical score of 88. Two areas were rated outstanding, four areas rated excellent, one area rated satisfactory and no areas were rated marginal or unsatisfactory. 

“The 910 MDS is providing exceptional support to the 910 AW, a wing tasked with a unique aerial spray mission and high ops tempo. Essential medical programs ensured worldwide deployability of wing personnel and were being effectively managed,” said Col. Michael Culhane, inspection team chief. 

“This was definitely an intense inspection for us. But we went into the event with the attitude that it was a wonderful opportunity for us to grow and stretch as a unit. There are always processes that can be improved upon, and the team provided us with direction in these areas. The Medical Squadron has many dedicated and engaged individuals who show that “excellence” is a goal of constant pursuit. Sustained performance is not an issue,” said Col. DeLucia.
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