The primary mission of the 47th Medical Group at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, is to provide medical, dental and aeromedical services to the 47th Flying Training Wing, the Air Force's largest specialized undergraduate pilot training (SUPT) program. The 47th MDG is responsible for managing the health care of more than 3,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries and the medical readiness for wartime and other worldwide contingencies.
Laughlin opened its first hospital Jan. 7, 1955. The facility contained 50 beds, (expandable to 100 beds), seven operating rooms, a dental clinic, and three flight surgeon offices. In 1977, the existing facility was completed, encompassing more than 80,000 square feet with 20 beds (expandable to 50 beds) two operating rooms, and a multi-service care unit.
Mirroring the rightsizing of the Air Force, Laughlin's inpatient services closed and the hospital became a clinic Oct. 1, 1996. Changes to the facility included replacing the operating rooms and inpatient unit with an outreach clinic and a health and wellness center. Through a joint venture with the Val Verde Regional Medical Center, Air Force physicians admitted and treated DoD beneficiaries in the local civilian hospital. (The arrangement is no longer in effect).
The clinic received its first-ever accreditation from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in December 1997. Its most recent TJC accreditation was in November 2016.
In 2004, the clinic underwent a $7.5 million renovation project, which transformed the clinic's interior into a more efficient setting for outpatient care.
Today, the 47th MDG is comprised of two squadrons, the 47th Medical Operations Squadron and the 47th Medical Support Squadron. The 47th MDOS provides Aerospace Physiology, Bioenvironmental Engineering, Dental, Family Advocacy, Health Promotions, Immunizations, Mental Health, Optometry, Pediatrics, Public Health, Substance Abuse, and Women’s Health. The 47th MDSS provides Information Services, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Medical Logistics, Readiness, Resource Management, and TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration Services.
Additional information about the 47th MDG can be found in https://airforcemedicine.usaf.afpims.mil/MTF/Laughlin.aspx.
(Current as of November 2017)