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Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)

Mission of BAMC

The mission of the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) is to provide quality healthcare to soldiers and their families and train the next generation of healthcare professionals in the full range of military medical operations. BAMC is now under the direction of the San Antonio Military Health System, or SAMHS. 

History of BAMC

BAMC traces its origins back to 1879, when the first Post Hospital was set up in San Antonio in a wooden building with 12 beds. In 1886, a more permanent brick structure was built. In the early 1900's an additional structure was built to hold 84 beds, which became known as Station Hospital. Throughout the 1910s, Station Hospital continued to expand, before unveiling a new building with 418 beds in 1938. This expansion marked the beginning of Fort Sam Houston’s transition from Infantry to a Medical Post. Brigadier General Roger Brooke, who was in charge of the hospital from 1929 to 1933, instituted the first routine chest X-ray in the military. The hospital was later named for Brooke in 1942.

The Medical Post played a crucial role during World War II, caring for an overwhelming number of wounded soldiers in converted barracks—by 1945, the hospital had a 7,800-bed capacity. Fort Sam Houston was chosen in 1946 to become the location of the Army Medical Field Service School, which would combine all medical training and research functions of the Army in one central location. To reflect this new mission, Brooke General Hospital became BAMC—the Brooke Army Medical Center.

In 1975, just a few years shy of its 100th anniversary, BAMC was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Fort Sam Houston Historic District. Shortly thereafter, the Army saw the need to consolidate BAMC’s 59 separate buildings into one facility. The planning phase began in 1985, and the new BAMC facility opened in 1996. In 2001, BAMC was added to the National Register of Historic Places once more—this time on its own merit.

The year 2008 marked a new phase of construction and renovation for BAMC; a Consolidated Tower added 760,000 square feet to the Center, along with parking garages and an energy plant. These renovations were in line with the BRAC’s (Base Realignment and Closure) 2005 recommendation. Wilford Hall Medical Center would pass all of its inpatient care to BAMC, which was to be renamed the San Antonio Military Medical Center. This change took effect in September 2011. Although the Center itself is now called SAMMC, the historical BAMC name was kept to refer to the unit that oversees SAMMC, along with the other military medical facilities around San Antonio. These include the Center for the Intrepid, the Taylor Burke Clinic at Camp Bullis, the Schertz Medical Home, the Fort Sam Houston Clinic, and the McWethy Troop Medical Clinic. 

Brooke Army Medical Center

This internationally recognized facility hosts sixty medical schools and a patient load that reaches one million outpatients a year. Residents and fellows at BAMC engage in 18 medical specialties to provide the most advanced care for our soldiers and retirees.  This institution focuses on learning in order to develop plans for future healthcare needs. Teams from BAMC are dispatched to treat burn victims when they arrive at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Once in Germany the team treats victims and helps transfer them safely to San Antonio, where they will receive the most advanced care less than 48 hours after the time of injury. 

On any given day at BAMC, 144 patients will be hospitalized, 2,858 people will visit the clinic, and 135 people will pay a visit to the emergency room. This state-of-the-art facility has been equipped to handle a heavy flow of patients.

Assignment to BAMC

If you have been assigned to BAMC, contact Housing 1 Source today for assistance with your move to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. We work with you through every step of the process to make your PCS a stress-free experience.  

Sources:
http://www.bamc.amedd.army.mil/history.asp
http://www.mysanantonio.com/community/northwest/news/article/Changes-under-way-at-BAMC-1036789.php