The Mountain Home Air Force Base is undergoing some drastic changes at its hospital.

In a couple of weeks, inpatient medical care will no longer be provided and the hospital will officially become an outpatient only clinic. There was some misunderstanding that the hospital was shutting down completely, but that’s not true.

24-7 urgent care, primary care, the pharmacy, dental, radiology, and the laboratory will continue to be provided, which is already most of what the hospital does.

Labor and delivery and surgical services will no longer be provided.

There’s just not a huge need in Idaho for extensive surgical teams. The changes will allow them to go to larger facilities with larger volume, more complex cases, where they can be better medics and keep their skills sharp for needs as they may arise.

This change will also save Air Force money and put money back into Idaho’s economy. About $5 million a year! That’s quite a bit!

Read more about the hospital transition, HERE!

 

 

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