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BRAC: Dermatology clinics combine

By Col. Sandra Osswald | Brooke Army Medical Center Dermatology Clinic | March 13, 2008

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — The Brooke Army Medical Center Dermatology Clinic will begin to combine with Wilford Hall Medical Center to create one Center of Excellence this month.

The move is part of the Base Realignment and Closure process to form the new San Antonio Military Medical Center Dermatology Clinic based at Wilford Hall.

"This move supports upcoming BRAC renovation and construction at BAMC," said Col. John LeVasseur, chief of Dermatology at Wilford Hall. "The renovations will provide expanded services and new state-of-the-art surgical and laser facilities, providing continued quality of care to our beneficiaries."

The BAMC Department of Dermatology is scheduled to move in two Phases. Phase 1 will begin on March 27 with BAMC moving most of its outpatient clinical services, Mohs micrographic surgery and laser therapy to Wilford Hall's 1st floor, located on 1A. The existing Wilford Hall Dermatology services will continue to function where it is currently located on 1G until Phase 2.

Phase 2 will begin in early 2009 once Wilford Hall's 2A renovations are complete. At that time all remaining BAMC outpatient services will combine with Wilford Hall Dermatology, forming the new SAMMC Dermatology Clinic on 1A and 2A.

During Phase 1, a small number of Dermatology outpatient appointments will continue to be available at BAMC. In addition, phototherapy services and inpatient dermatology consultation will continue to be offered at BAMC.

During Phase 2, BAMC will no longer provide outpatient Dermatology clinical appointments, but will continue to provide inpatient Dermatology consultation and a limited amount of phototherapy.

Clinics at Wilford Hall will have increased outpatient appointments and expand their scope of services to include Mohs micrographic surgery, additional laser therapies and Patch testing.

Because the Department of Dermatology will be divided into several locations within Wilford Hall, patients are encouraged to verify the location of their appointments when calling the Consult and Appointment Management Office at 916-9900.