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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Due to a Congressional mandate to implement a furlough for government employees, access to healthcare and other services on post will be affected.   

Martin Army Community Hospital, Pharmacy, outlying clinics and support services have developed a plan to permit the greatest amount of access to soldiers and beneficiaries, while meeting the 11-day furlough mandate. 

Starting July 8 until September 30, 2013, the following plan will be implemented:

Employees who issue ID cards will be furloughed for one day a week. ID cards can be updated 90 days prior to expiration date. Appointments should be made in advance as scheduling availability is limited. Walk-in customers will only be seen on an emergency basis. 

The Commissary will be closed on Mondays.

Adult Primary Care Clinic (APCC): will continue Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Family Medical Home, Pediatric Medical Home, and Internal Medicine: will provide full services for acute, reoccurring, routine and wellness needs from Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

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

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 8:40 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.  

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.

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

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

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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