October 11, 2016 --
Patients and base patrons visiting Naval Branch Health Clinic-Albany, located at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, witnessed an array of unusual, colorful attire, worn by the caregivers roving around the clinic.
Sailors and civilian personnel traded in their traditional uniform of the day and teamed up with fellow clinic staff in Smurf-speckled blue, incredible green and pastel pink-pony T-shirts to participate in the teambuilding activities, which was scheduled for several weeks.
Petty Officer 1st Class Antresha Holmes, leading petty officer, Medical Records, NBHC-Albany, explained why her comrades donned themselves in pink moustaches, tiaras and other elaborate head gear to participate in the event.
“In an effort to increase morale and improve patient care here, we have embarked on some friendly competition,” Holmes said. “We have split our (staff); the teams are green team, pink team and blue team. We have three captains for each team--one civilian, one military enlisted and one military officer.
“We each work in different areas,” she pointed out. “We have medical records, pharmacy and dental; those are the (larger) priority clinics. Medical Records members within the clinic--we're blue; Pharmacy and Dental members within the clinic are pink and (Radiology) and Primary Care--our olive team--are green.
“We have really increased morale around the clinic overall,” Holmes reiterated. “(Since we started) we’ve been working more with our civilian counterparts.
“While we’re improving ourselves, we’re also improving patient care by enhancing some of the things that we already do or by (examining) what we do and asking, ‘Hey, do we really need this process?’ If we don't need it, drop it; if we need it, how can we improve it?”
Holmes and her colleagues deemed the competition a success as “those who don't ordinarily get out of their spaces” participated in developing plans on how clinic personnel could improve individual departments.
According to Holmes, the competition's primary focus was to improve patient care. She did, however, explain the teams' success was measured by incentive points earned based on each group's collaboration with other teams.
To view additional photographs of the team participants, visit MCLB Albany’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marine-Corps-Logistics-Base-Albany/512695405469372.