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325th MDSS Laboratory puts Tyndall to the test

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Maintaining the health of Airmen and their families is key to mission success. Illnesses not visible to the human eye need specialized training an equipment to detect. Making sure Team Tyndall receives proper testing for this is as easy as one, two, three for this medical office.

The 325th Medical Support Squadron Laboratory provides lab testing services to aid in the medical care of Air Force members, retirees, and their dependents.

“When people think about the lab, they think about us drawing blood, but we do more than that,” said Maj. Christina Encina, 325th Medical Support Squadron diagnostic flight commander. “We play an integral part in helping providers diagnose patients and ensuring Airmen are healthy to meet mission requirements.”

The laboratory provides a large variety of testing ranging from urinalysis, to coagulation tests. These services are available to beneficiaries upon Primary Care Manager recommendation.

“The staff here provides a great service and takes pride in the great job they do on a daily basis,” said Encina. “My favorite thing about working here is knowing the patients and the laboratory have a great partnership. We have patients who can get service off base but have been coming here for over 10 years because of the quality of care we provide.”

The office of 10, provides testing for over 250 local clinics servicing more than 20,000 beneficiaries, conducting approximately 17,000 lab tests monthly and roughly 200,000 annually.

“I feel like we are a good team. We all work together well. We always look out for each other and we also do our best to accommodate our customers at all time,” said Senior Airman Jadow Hughes, 325th MDSS medical laboratory technician. “By us being readily available, we can provide service as fast as we can. The most important thing we can do is be prepared to keep Airmen ready for the fight.”

The 325th MDSS Laboratory encourages Airmen and their families to be mindful of their health and be seen by a provider as needed.

“If the laboratory was not available, patients would have to utilize local services which may charge additional service fees,” Encina said. “Providers would experience longer wait time for results which means patients would treated at a slower rate.”