PCM reaches out
By Senior Airman Naomi Griego, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 02, 2014
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, CO. -- Meet Maj. (Dr.) Joseph Huseman, 21st Medical Squadron Support Flight commander. He provides and oversees care to more than 1,800 patients in the Schriever Clinic.
Huseman is the senior of four physicians at the clinic who provide oversight to more than 4,000 active- duty members, contractors, retirees and civilian dependents. He is working on a patient outreach program which will include public-forum type meetings on base where patients can ask questions regarding health concerns or overall well-being.
The patient spends a limited amount of time with their provider and this may hinder the opportunity to leave feeling well-informed, a problem Huseman hopes to combat with the outreach program.
"The goal is to better inform our patients regarding their care and answer their health questions," said Huseman. "Patients won't be required to stay for the entire meeting. They can stay for as long as they want to."
Some of the topics he will discuss include common medical issues and preventative care. Huseman said the size of the clinic is an advantage to providing more individualized care because of the consistency and familiar faces. They also provide more services than most people think.
"Despite our small size, we provide a large amount of services," said Huseman. "We do more than physical health assessment exams."
The clinic offers well care, basic procedures, mental health care, dental care, radiology services, labs, and even pediatric care.
"The family medicine clinic can provide pediatric care to dependents even though we don't have a pediatric clinic," Huseman said. "We can see newborns here and we administer adolescent immunizations."
If they can't provide the services here, they can always refer our patients off base. He said it's just more convenient to have medical needs taken care of on base.
Additionally Huseman said the clinic aims to book appointments as quickly as possible so patients don't have to wait long.
One of the patients being treated by Huseman is Senior Airman Michael Tarmann, 6th Space Operations Squadron. Tarmann was having knee pain after a recent physical fitness test.
"I called the afternoon of my test and I was able to be seen the next day," said Tarmann. "I was afraid I had permanently damaged my knee."
He said he left the appointment feeling well informed about his knee and knows how to treat it and what to expect in terms of pain.
Huseman said the clinic receives positive feedback about the efficiency and quality of care. Ideally, they will be able to expand and provide more services.
"The goal is always to support our personnel here," he said. "Keeping people able to complete the mission is our mission."