LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Kenneth Wiese, 47th Medical Group director of quality services, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of March 19, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
Wiese works to simultaneously run the quality control, credentialing and risk management departments at the 47th MDG.
“Wearing three hats can be challenging in certain circumstances, but for the most part it is both rewarding and, believe it or not, fun,” Wiese said. “Every day presents new challenges, and new learning experiences.”
Wiese led a partnership with the Val Verde Regional Medical Center to coordinate quality review processes which helped upgrade health care quality to Laughlin personnel.
“It is within our best interest to make sure that we have the best care downtown or make sure you get the best care possible,” Wiese said. “You are an Airman or a dependent, and that’s important to us, so we track the [quality of the care you’re provided].”
He also managed the Management Internal Control Toolset program, developed a review timeline and coordinated the 47th MDG self-inspection, which helped ensure the medical treatment facility was set up for a unit effectiveness inspection.
“We feel that self-inspection is an extremely important part of our everyday business,” Wiese said. “The Air Force gives us a number of tools to help ensure that we are performing as needed.”
Relentlessly working around obstacles to ensure Laughlin personnel receive the best quality care earned Wiese the XLer of the week award.