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NEWS | Aug. 7, 2006

Bethel, PEN clinics move to NASA

By Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher 1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The Bethel Clinic will make a temporary move during renovations, and the Prime Eagle North clinic will make a permanent move to the NASA Clinic Aug. 7. 

The change is expected to last four to six weeks. 

"This move will allow the Bethel Clinic to receive a much-needed face-lift," said Col. Kory Cornum, 1st Medical Group commander. "We anticipate the renovation to take no longer than six weeks, so the move may be transparent to those of you 'avoiding' the clinic during those weeks." 

Colonel Cornum said his goal is to make the transition as painless as possible for patients and not compromise the quality of care. 

"If they came to see Dr. Cornum at Bethel, they'll see Dr. Cornum at NASA," he said. "You will be assigned to your current Primary Care Management team." 

"1st Medical Group personnel will transfer your medical records directly from its current location to the medical records room at the NASA site prior to the opening of the clinic," Colonel Cornum continued. 

The move effects more than 3,000 patients, but Colonel Cornum said the inconvenience will be well worth it when the new Bethel Clinic opens. 

"They're practically going to get a whole new building," he said. "It will have new floors, new wallpaper, and new tile on the bathroom walls and ceiling. It will be much nicer inside when this is over." 

To make use of the NASA Clinic, patients must go through the main NASA gate and tell the security guard they have an appointment with the 1st Fighter Wing clinic on NASA. The guard will give the patient a temporary ID and vehicle pass. 

Patients should not have to go into the Visitor Control Center in order to get through the gate. 

Letters were sent to Langley patients, informing them of the change and giving instructions on how to get to the NASA Clinic, building 1192C. 

For details, call 765-7630.