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Keesler unveils medical center renovations

Photo courtesy of Keesler Air Force Base.

The Keesler Medical Center recently underwent an $80 million renovation project and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th.

new renovations allow for improved patient support services. Clinics, patient services, and check-in locations were consolidated. Much of the outpatient and clinical areas of the medical center were renovated. There’s also an expanded Surgical Suite which added two general operating rooms, one endoscopy operating room, and a new hybrid operating room.

Keesler was recently awarded the Hospital of the Year distinction by the Air Force Surgeon General making it the best hospital in the U.S. Air Force.

“Chief [Julie] Bottroff and I are so proud of our Dragon Medics,” said Col. Jeannine Ryder, 81st Medical Group commander. “This is a team sport and we did it together. I’m so thankful for my medics’ expertise, leadership, followership, professionalism, and compassionate care.”


During 2017, the medical group responded to numerous crises and natural disasters. They managed to triage 44 passengers after a train struck a bus near the base, and transported them to a higher echelon of care in under an hour, according to the award package.

With a daily load of 615 appointments, 113 outpatient procedures, and 100 emergency room visits, Keesler’s medical center manages one of the busiest hospitals in the Defense Department.

Newly renovated departments and areas include:

  • Records/Release of Information
  • Laboratory Administration
  • Surgical Clinics/Urology/Vascular Lab
  • Inpatient Pharmacy/On-Call Rooms
  • Surgery: Operating Rooms
  • Nephrology/Dialysis/Hematology/Oncology
  • Chapel
  • TOPA/Warrior Support Cell
  • Medical Mall/Pathology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Minor Procedure Unit
  • Pulmonary Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Behavioral Health
  • Dental Clinic
  • Staff Parking

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