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Furloughs Bringing Changes to Martin Army Hospital

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Hospital and facilities changing hours due to federally mandated 11-day furlough. Hospital and facilities changing hours due to federally mandated 11-day furlough.
FORT BENNING, Ga. -

A federally mandated furlough is forcing Martin Army Community Hospital and its affiliated operations to make changes to their operating hours for the summer.

Martin Army Community Hospital, the pharmacy, outlying clinics and support services say they are looking to maintain as many services as possible while meeting the 11-day furlough mandate.

"Balancing our fiscal responsibility with our commitment to troop readiness, civilian work force and military families are paramount," the hospital says in a news release. "Together, we can support our Nation during this time of constraint and still continue to provide the safe, quality healthcare you deserve."

Starting July 8 and running through September 30, the following plan will be implemented:

* Adult Primary Care Clinic (APCC): will continue Monday-Friday, 0730-1800.

* Family Medical Home, Pediatric Medical Home, and Internal Medicine: will provide full services for acute, reoccurring, routine and wellness needs from Monday-Thursday, 0900-1700.

* Pediatric Sports and School Physicals: by appointment - available Monday-Thursday, 8 July-23 August.

* North Columbus Medical Home: will be CLOSED every Friday and acute care offered at the main hospital through Central Appointment booking.

* Friday Appointment Access: Primary Care Clinics will accommodate "Acute Care" access for patient with urgent medical needs from 0840-1700. Appointments are obtained by calling the Central Appointment line at 706-544-CARE (2273).

* Troop Sick-Call on Saturdays: effective immediately, Saturday sick-call will not take place at Winder Clinic. Saturday sick-call is set-up to operate next to the Martin Army Emergency Department from 0700-0900.

* Pharmacy Services: Outpatient main hospital pharmacy will be CLOSED on Saturdays, but Refill Pharmacy services in the PX Mall will remain the same.

* Emergency Services and Crisis Response: will continue to be fully supported.

MEDPROS/Medical Processing will be CLOSED on Fridays.

Beneficiaries should expect possible longer wait times when calling Central Appointments, awaiting prescription pick-up and using other support services. Access to Primary Care Provider can still be obtained through a number of options: www.tricareonline.com, www.relayhealth.com and telephone consultation via 706-544-2273.

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