Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will continue to honor scheduled appointments, fill prescriptions in the pharmacy and provide other services during the government shutdown, but some elective surgeries and procedures could be delayed.
Hospital Commander, Col. Anthony McQueen says in a news release that he recognizes 100,000 area beneficiaries rely on Blanchfield and their standard of care won’t be compromised by the government shutdown.
Officials say the following Blanchfield services will continue through the shutdown: medical and dental readiness support, emergency care and response, all inpatient and wounded warrior care, pharmacies, labs, and radiology; timely follow-up and management of existing conditions, scheduling of acute appointments for ongoing and follow-up care, medical care such as behavioral health, obstetrician, pediatrics, and appointments already scheduled will not be cancelled.
Medical support to mission critical operational forces will also continue and individuals seeking care in the private sector through TRICARE benefits should be able to do so.
Meanwhile, services curtailed until the national budget is resolved include elective medical and dental surgeries and procedures, unless the attending provider determines there is a threat to life or limb.
Regarding challenges during the shutdown Col. McQueen says, “Our civilian workforce is critical to our mission. It takes the entire workforce to maintain the programs and services our organization offers. We look forward to bringing our furloughed personnel back to work so we, as one team, can continue the mission we are entrusted to provide this community.”
He says the hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care available throughout the government shutdown.