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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The 374th Medical Group earned an “excellent” rating in a recent inspection and survey by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The review, held once every three years at Air Force medical treatment facilities, is designed to evaluate compliance with U.S. standards that cover quality of care and environmental safety.

It was carried out here May 15-19 by two civilian inspectors.

The assessment coincided with a Health Services Inspection by nine military evaluators who gauged military-specific areas such as flight medicine and deployment processes within the medical group.

Inspectors ranked Yokota’s clinic in the top 20 percent of small community hospitals in the United States, base officials said.

Deployment processes and worker health protection were graded “outstanding,” while clinical services, force fitness and population health each rated “excellent.”

Suggestions included improving inpatient nutrition assessments and ensuring correct abbreviations are used in medical records, said Col. Mark Presson, the 374th Medical Group commander.

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