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82nd MDG breaks ground on new clinic

82nd Medical Group groundbreaking ceremony

From left, Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., 82nd Training Wing commander, Col. Kevin McCal, 82nd Medical Group commander, Col. Christopher Hussin, Army Corps of Engineering, Tulsa District, commander, and Sandra Ross, representing 13th Congressional District Rep. Mac Thornberry, turn spades of dirt to cermoniously mark the beginning of the new $79 million 82nd Medical Group clinic construction project at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018. The new clinic, which will be at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Avenue G, should be completed and open by the end of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

82nd Medical Group groundbreaking ceremony

This artist's rendering provides a glimpse to the future of medical care at the site of a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for the 82nd Medical Group's new clinic at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018. The $79-million project should be complete by the end of 2020. Another $15 million has been earmarked to purchase equipment as well as cover the costs of demolishing the existing clinic structure. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

82nd Medical Group groundbreaking ceremony

Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., 82nd Training Wing commander, comments on the new 82nd Medical Group clinic that will be the home of medical care for active-duty military, Airmen in training, international partners and other beneficiaries during a groundbreaking ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018. The $79 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

82nd Medical Group groundbreaking ceremony

82nd Medical Support Squadron 2nd Lt. Sarah Manhertz provides opening remarks to guests during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 82nd Medical Group clinic at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018. The existing medical group facility was constructed in the 1960s and served as a regional medical facility for the Air Force for several decades. The new, state-of-the-art clinic is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 with a cost of $79 million. Another $15 million will go toward equipment purchases as well as the demolition of the existing facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

82nd Medical Group groundbreaking ceremony

Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., 82nd Training Wing commander, comments on the new 82nd Medical Group clinic that will be the home of medical care for active-duty military, Airmen in training, international partners and other beneficiaries during a groundbreaking ceremony at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018. The $79 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. Also pictured sitting left to right include 82nd Medical Group Commander Col. Kevin McCal, Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, Commander Col. Christopher Hussin, and Sandra Ross, 13th Congressional District Rep. Mac Thornberry representative. (U.S. Air Force photo by John Ingle)

The 82nd Medical Group at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, broke ground on a new $79-million clinic Sept. 10, 2018.

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Team Sheppard celebrated a new era of comprehensive health services during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 82nd Medical Group clinic at Sheppard AFB Sept. 10, 2018.

The clinic, scheduled to open in 2020, will have the same mission as the existing clinic – providing quality care to active-duty military, Airmen in training, international partners and other beneficiaries.  

However, accomplishing the mission will be considerably more efficient in the new treatment facility. The clinic will be 178,000 square feet with new technology, upgraded equipment and improved energy use.

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During the ceremony, 82nd Training Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr. spoke about the significance of this project.

“This groundbreaking marks a historical event for our medical group,” he said. “The 82nd Medical Group provides comprehensive health services for two wings, including 20,000 beneficiaries here at Sheppard Air Force Base and the surrounding area.”

The cost of the new facility is estimated to be $94 million, which includes construction of the new clinic, equipment and demolition of the existing building.

82nd Medical Group Commander Col. Kevin McCal discussed one of the most significant changes that will take place.

“It’s really about increasing efficient use of space,” he said. “Right now we have roughly 350,000 square feet of space, most of which is not used. The arrangement will be more fitted for modern medical delivery.”

Jolly also spoke about the history of the clinic here at Sheppard.

“The current hospital was built in 1963 and was configured as a 300-man hospital,” he said. “At the time, it was the most technologically advanced medical treatment facility in the Midwest.”

Now, that is no longer the case. Al Bridges, the medical group facility manager, summed up the true purpose of building a new facility.

“First impressions mean a lot with patient care,” he said. “The new facility will give the patients confidence in the care they’re receiving.”