NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. â€” Walking through a hospital can be an ominous task for many. For a child the long, pristine hallways can be even more daunting â€” unless theyâ€™re walking through the hallways of the Mike Oâ€™Callaghan Federal Medical Center pediatrics clinic.
Like most other aspects of the hospital, the pediatrics clinic is focused on customer service â€” for their children. The staff has made an extra effort to provide a comfortable, soothing environment and the difference is noticeable right away on arrival. After check in, the reception desk gives out age appropriate books for children to read while waiting. Even the walls are welcoming, with cartoon decorations painted on the walls.
â€œThe pediatric clinic is friendly and caring,â€ said 1st Lt. Nancy Branch, 99th Medical Operations Squadron clinical nurse. â€œAll our providers are really friendly and so are our techs.â€
The clinic is focused on providing the best possible care to kids, and Branch says good treatment includes treating its patients well.
â€œFor us, itâ€™s about the childâ€™s comfort,â€ Branch said. â€œTo get them really comfortable we will play with them, talk to them and give out lollypops and books.â€
Branch said the clinicâ€™s responsibility for childrenâ€™s health extends beyond the immediate visit. The clinic makes an effort to promote kidsâ€™ long term healthy growth by giving parents important and potentially lifesaving information, and through preventive care.
â€œWe offer point of service care now for immunizations,â€ Branch said. â€œSo, rather than getting your appointments here and then going to immunizations for your vaccines, we do everything here.â€
The clinic also offers telephone consultation, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder seminars, dietary counseling and asthma education.
â€œCol. [Howard] Reid, the commander, has an ADHD seminar heâ€™s holding once a month now,â€ Branch said. â€œItâ€™s offered to the first six families that sign up monthly. Those families sit through a session where the educates them on ADHD and in the last 30 minutes of the seminar patients can ask any questions they need to or want to.â€
Branch said the clinic advertises sign-ups for the class as patients come in, but also actively reviews patient files to screen for ADHD and will contact the parents directly to offer the option. She says the clinic is actively extending its services to make health care access easier.
â€œThe colonel is also a child psychologist,â€ Branch added. â€œThat used to be something weâ€™d send parents off base for, but now we can do that here as well.â€
Branch noted that though the pediatric clinic has a busy office, where nine providers often see eighteen or more patients per day, the clinicâ€™s focus is fully on providing excellent care though a process of continuous improvement.
â€œEverbody pays a lot of attention to detail and we do a lot of training monthly just to stay up on our skills,â€ she said.
Through cheerful bedside manner, a welcoming environment and attentive care, Branch said the clinic team is doing their best to make health care more helpful and convenient, and less frightening for their patients.
â€œItâ€™s really rewarding to work in pediatrics,â€ Branch said. â€œItâ€™s nice just to keep the kids healthy and to just do a point of service.â€