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Clinics, patients turn to hyperbaric medicine at BAMC
July 16, 2019
Andrea Hawkins, 59th Medical Specialty Squadron hyperbarics licensed practical nurse, monitors patients inside a hyperbaric chamber at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston May 31. The chamber at BAMC is one of two hyperbaric chamber facilities in the Air Force.

BAMC offers new treatment option for certain types of tumors
July 1, 2019
Danielle Gonzales and Ric Torres, nuclear medicine technologists, demonstrate how the lutetium Lu 177 dotatate is administered to a patient in the Nuclear Medicine Department at Brooke Army Medical Center June 27. Nuclear medicine technologists are specially trained to administer radiopharmaceutical to patients.

Brooke Army Medical Center receives multiple environmental awards
June 24, 2019
Margarita Reed, a cook at Brooke Army Medical Center’s dining facility, cleans the flattop cooker following breakfast June 21. BAMC earned three Practice Greenhealth Environmental Awards at the CleanMed2019 conference, including its first Circle of Excellence-Chemicals Award, for its overall commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability practices.

Soldiers compete in BAMC Best Medic Competition
June 18, 2019
Army 1st Lt. Samantha Frank low crawls during the Brooke Army Medical Center Best Medic Competition at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis June 12. BAMC Soldiers competed for the title of Best Medic during the grueling competition with included an obstacle course.

Ceremony honors 228 graduating military physicians, health care professionals
June 12, 2019
The 2019 San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium graduates wait for the ceremony to begin at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in downtown San Antonio June 7. The ceremony honored 228 Army, Air Force, Navy, Public Health and civilian medical education and allied health graduates.

Cross-functional team receives national award for BAMC Secretarial Designee program
June 11, 2019
Members of the Brooke Army Medical Center Secretarial Designee Cost Analysis Team receive the 2018 Distinguished Team Award from the American Society of Military Comptrollers at the ASMC Professional Development Institute May 29 in San Antonio. The SECDES program gives BAMC the ability to treat critically injured patients who would not otherwise be eligible to receive care at a military treatment facility.

Beads of Courage mark milestones during a child’s medical treatment at BAMC
June 6, 2019
Brooke Army Medical Center Retiree Activity Group volunteer Elvira Morales sorts beads in the neonatal intensive care unit at BAMC May 29. The beads tell the child’s medical story and are symbols of courage that acknowledge milestones they have achieved and procedures they have gone through as part of their medical treatment plan. The Beads of Courage Program is a resilience-based, arts-in-medicine, supportive care program designed to support children and their families coping with serious illness. The beads tell the child’s medical story and are symbols of courage that acknowledge milestones they have achieved and procedures they have gone through as part of their medical treatment plan.

BAMC volunteers earn presidential award for devotion to patients, staff
June 6, 2019
Brig. Gen. George Appenzeller, BAMC commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. James Brown present Shirley Adcock with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award May 30 for her more than 12,000 service hours at Brooke Army Medical Center. Adcock has volunteered as a tour guide, a ward listener and, currently, as a greeter for the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center intensive care unit.

BAMC celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander heritage
May 29, 2019
Timothy Kanoia Kamaka performs at the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston May 23. Kamaka delighted attendees with his performance of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”

Former Center for the Intrepid patient brings barbecue lunch to BAMC
May 24, 2019
Brig. Gen. George N. Appenzeller, Brooke Army Medical Center commanding general; Command Sgt. Major Thomas Oates, BAMC command sergeant major; and Sgt. Major James Brown, chief clinical sergeant major, serve lunch to BAMC staff, patients and family members during the Operation BBQ Relief event at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston May 20. Volunteers provided 8,000 meals during the event.

BAMC Day of Remembrance event teaches about Holocaust, honors survivors
May 22, 2019
Dr. Steven Rosenblatt, guest speaker, lights a candle to honor the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust May 15 during the Days of Remembrance observance at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Rosenblatt, the son of a Holocaust survivor, talked about Adolf Hitler's rise to power and his mother's journey as a Holocaust survivor.

Defense Health Agency director discusses healthcare transformation at BAMC town hall
May 21, 2019
U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, discusses the DHA transition during a town hall meeting at Brooke Army Medical Center May 14. BAMC will transition under DHA command and authority Oct. 1.

BAMC Virtual Medical Center wins MEDCOM Mercury Award
May 10, 2019
Zekelia Rembert, virtual health nurse care coordinator, reviews patient photos using the virtual health cart at the Virtual Medical Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston May 10. The team at the Virtual Health Center at Brooke Army Medical Center and Regional Health Command – Central has been selected as the 2018 U.S. Army Medical Department Mercury Award winner for Health Information Technology Team of the Year.

BAMC Auxiliary provides grants to help support patient care
May 10, 2019
Cody Ross (center) receives the Commander’s Award for Public Service from Brooke Army Medical Center Commanding General Brig. Gen. George Appenzeller (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Oates (left) during the annual BAMC Auxiliary Welfare Recognition Ceremony May 6. This year, the Auxiliary provided 25 grants totaling $28,000 to help support patient care at BAMC.

BAMC app now available for patients, visitors, staff
April 30, 2019
Brooke Army Medical Center is launching a new app for patients, visitors and staff. The app, designed by the Defense Health Agency, allows users to quickly access information such as pharmacy wait times, facility directory, and quick reference information.

Brooke Army Medical Center family ties: a generational affair
April 26, 2019
Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Andy Murtha holds baby Claire in front of the old Brooke Army Medical Center building at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston April 6, 2019. Murtha and his daughter share the legacy of being born at BAMC.

Three BAMC Soldiers headed to 2019 DOD Warrior Games
April 3, 2019
Spc. Kevin Holyan launches a few practice seated discus throws prior to the field event March 11, during the Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas. The 2019 Army Trials is an adaptive sports competition with more than 100 wounded, ill and injured active-duty Soldiers and veterans competing in 14 different sports for the opportunity to represent Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida.

Cancer survivor shares emotional reunion with BAMC ECMO team
April 3, 2019
Rita Ibanez hugs Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Matthew Read, acting Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation medical director, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, March 22. Ibanez met with Read and other members of the ECMO team to thank them for the care she received in 2015.

BAMC Women’s History Month event highlights leadership qualities
March 28, 2019
Air Force Col. Deedra Zabokrtsky, chief of Officer Force Development Division and Director of Air Force Nursing Services at Headquarters Air Force, Office of the Surgeon General, speaks at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Women’s History Month ceremony March 20. Zabokrtsky focused her remarks on topics that apply to everyone including “thinking globally, but acting locally” and the importance of developing “soft skills.”

Collaborative medicine saves BAMC sickle cell patient
March 19, 2019
Air Force Master Sgt. Antwan Piper looks at his wife, Alexis, during a video interview about her disease and her recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center. Alexis Piper has had sickle cell anemia since she was 7 years old. She nearly died in 2018 after developing a rare condition called hyperhemolysis. Hyperhemolysis syndrome is a potentially fatal transfusion complication.