JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C., –
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held here to celebrate the opening of the 628th Medical Group Women’s Health Clinic, May 19.
Cancer screenings, post-partum care, select gynecological services, hormonal replacement therapy and infertility treatments are a few of the health benefits available to female Tricare beneficiaries. Women’s Health services are now available to women from the ages 13 to 65 on Joint Base Charleston, with walk-ins available for select services.
"Specialty clinics are all about focus," said Lt. Col. Brian Neese, 628th Medical Operations Squadron commander. "Given our technological advances and the staggering amount of knowledge modern medicine offers in regards to health and disease, it becomes difficult to optimize the care of a patient in one primary care setting. We use our Family Health Clinic as the starting point for triaging and managing our healthcare needs. The specialty clinics, such as our new Women's Health Clinic, are assets for the providers and the patients to provide subject matter expertise and deeper experience into a specific clinical area. This allows our healthcare system deliver a variety of services that are well-informed, streamlined and efficient.”
The clinic also accepts walk-ins for contraceptive refills, pregnancy testing and urinary tract infection concerns. Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on standard business days.
“We are able to provide specialized, dedicated care for women,” said Cynthia Adams, 628th MDG Women’s Health Clinic nurse practitioner. “Women’s health has a very personable feel because we have to talk about something that’s so private. Sometimes it’s not what’s wrong with their health, but what is going on at home and we have to get other services involved.”
The clinicic sometimes refers patients to the Mental Health Clinic if they have been sexually or physically abused. The Women’s Health Clinic also regularly works with the Pediatric Clinic when treating patients who have given birth.
“We’ve been asked what the benefit of making an appointment with us is instead of an outside clinic,” said Adams. “With an outside clinic, patients may not get an appointment right away. Clinics in the community treat so many people that an active duty member or dependent may not be as high of a priority as other patients. We make the availability for our Airmen and their dependents because they are our only priority.”
The Women’s Health Clinic is run by Adams, Jessica Bryant, 628th MDG Women’s Health Clinic licensed practical nurse and Senovia Linnen, 628th MDG Women’s Health Clinic registered nurse. According to Adams, the three women are excited to be working in the Women’s Health Clinic.
"The clinic gives us the opportunity to fulfill our medical group vision statement to 'provide the perfect patient experience...unrivaled service,'" said Neese. We have assembled a phenomenal team of providers ready to apply their training, knowledge and experience towards the women's health needs of our beneficiary population. We believe our patients will notice the difference and enjoy the attention they will receive here at the 628th Medical Group."
To schedule an appointment with the Women’s Health Clinic, call the appointment line at 843-963-6880, or contact the Family Health Clinic.