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New reusable container option available in BAMC dining areas
February 26, 2019
The Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Nutritional Medicine is implementing a new reusable container option at the dining areas throughout the hospital. Patrons now can choose to use a reusable plastic container when getting food at a dining area within the hospital. The containers can hold anything from classic fare meals to soup, salad or pizza.

Leap of faith: chance meeting brings Soldier to CFI after jump accident
February 22, 2019
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kayshawn Porterfield practices picking up objects using a myoelectric prosthesis at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston Feb. 21. A myoelectric-controlled prosthesis is an externally powered artificial limb that the user controls with electrical signals generated naturally with his own muscles.

BAMC seeking ‘mystery shoppers’ to help improve patient experience
January 31, 2019
Volunteer Cynthia Barrera hands Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Gittens, Medical Education Training Campus instructor and writer, a Mystery Shopping Patient Experience pamphlet at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Jan. 25. The program enlists patients to anonymously evaluate the care they receive at medical appointments.

Medical school advisors visit Brooke Army Medical Center
January 24, 2019
University of Vermont's medical school advisor Cara Calvelli (left) and Marguerite Degenhardt (right) of North Central College witness the birth of "Baby Simi" in the training delivery room of Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Advisors from several institutions attended the Medical Advisor Army Experience Tour,from North Central College, Beaumont Health System, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Farmingdale University, West Virginia Health System, University of Vermont and Dartmouth University.

BAMC hosts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance
January 23, 2019
Retired Command Sgt. Major Marshall L. Huffman speaks to attendees of Joint Base San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event at the Fort Sam Houston Theater Jan. 17. The event, hosted by Brooke Army Medical Center, celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King and served as a reminder to continue to strive toward his dream of equality for all.

Brooke Army Medical Center welcomes first baby of 2019
January 2, 2019
Brig. Gen. George N. Appenzeller (second from left), Brooke Army Medical Center commander, along with Sarah Kelly (far left), BAMC auxiliary president, and Master Sgt. Melinda Griffin (far right), enlisted advisor to the deputy chief for patient support, present a gift basket to retired Army Sgt. Christopher and Hillary Hunt after the birth of their son, Callum Charles Hunt, at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Jan. 2, 2019. Callum, born at 1:50 a.m. on New Year’s Day, was BAMC first baby born in 2019.

Brooke Army Medical Center deploys HIPAA-compliant secure messaging app
December 11, 2018
Don Ryan (left), a representative of the company that developed the app, teaches Maj. Samuel Owen (right), physician, how to use the secure messaging app at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Dec. 4. The app, which is Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliant, will allow BAMC staff members to share patient information and photos securely.

Resources available to service members dealing with substance use disorders
December 11, 2018
A Soldier holds his Substance Use Disorder Clinical Care commencement coin.

ADVISOR system medical lifeline for operational forces
December 3, 2018
A Soldier uses the Advanced Virtual Support for Operational Forces system, or ADVISOR, during the Army Best Medic Competition held in September at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis.

Commentary: Military traditions instill pride, connection with past
November 30, 2018
Brooke Army Medical Center staff practice the rendering of flag honors for fallen heroes in July 2018. No matter the branch, war or length of service, BAMC salutes every veteran and first responder who dies in the hospital with a flag ceremony by an Honor Guard.

Sutherland Springs remembered one year later
November 21, 2018
Brooke Army Medical Center staff members sign a banner of support for Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas, as part of the commemoration ceremony Nov. 5, the one-year anniversary of the Sutherland Springs shooting. Clear Lake Regional Medical Center received eight patients – all students – in the wake of the Santa Fe High School Shooting last May. BAMC wanted to “pay it forward” to another hospital that cared for victims after a mass shooting. After the Sutherland Springs shooting, BAMC received a banner from Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas as a demonstration of support and appreciation for our staff. Sunrise Hospital received nearly 200 victims after the Vegas shooting.

Veterans honored during Brooke Army Medical Center ceremony
November 9, 2018
Retired Master Sgt. Walter Taylor, a former Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier, was the guest speaker during the 3rd annual Veterans Day Celebration at BAMC Nov. 2. The former combat engineer was seriously injured in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was struck in the face by a rocket-propelled grenade. As he healed, he continued to serve his fellow veterans and their families within the WTB in uniform and as a civilian.

Brooke Army Medical Center achieves ‘Most Wired’ title for seventh consecutive year
November 9, 2018
Gina Brown uses to wireless hands-free integrated communications system contact another staff member Nov. 1. The Brooke Army Medical Center Information Management Division at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston  implemented the WHICS last October, but the system was fully employed Oct. 5 to allow alarms from patient monitors to automatically contact the appropriate personnel through the device.

BAMC maintains long-standing accreditation from Commission on Cancer
November 7, 2018
Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Lauren Lee examines Faunia Rodriguez at the Brooke Army Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Clinic Nov. 6.

Protect yourself, guard against mosquitos
October 18, 2018
Due to the recent heavy rains, the amount of mosquitos has increased at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Camp Bullis. Brooke Army Medical Center Environmental Health Services members are conducting mosquito surveillance and request people don’t tamper with mosquito traps.

Brooke Army Medical Center tests emergency capabilities during city-wide exercise
October 16, 2018
Steven Burton (right), emergency manager, briefs members of the Emergency Operations Center during the 2018 San Antonio Mass Casualty Exercise and Evaluation at Brooke Army Medical Center Oct. 11. The exercise simulated an active shooter scenario to test the capabilities of hospitals and emergency responders in the San Antonio area.

Flu shots available at WHASC, BAMC
October 15, 2018
Flu shots available at WHASC, BAMC

JBSA, BAMC hosts Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 20
October 15, 2018
Graciela Alfano (left), licensed vocational nurse, shows Joann Dick, a regular attendee, different insects that can cause various allergy reactions during the Military Retiree Appreciation Day at Brooke Army Medical Center Medical Mall Oct. 14, 2017. Military retirees and service members who are about to retire can find out about useful programs and benefits at Military Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 20, 2018 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Brooke Army Medical Center Medical Mall.

Brooke Army Medical Center’s Ward 6T seeks dog teams
October 10, 2018
Ward 6T of the Behavioral Health Department at Brooke Army Medical Center is looking for qualified and dynamic dog teams to aid in the department’s healthcare mission. Interested owners/teams should contact BAMC’s Ward 6T at 210-916-1085 to set up an in-person interview.

Hispanic culture, heritage celebrated during Brooke Army Medical Center observance
October 10, 2018
Brooke Army Medical Center Commander Brig. Gen. George Appenzeller and BAMC Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Oates present Karyme Zuniga Reyes and Itzel Schuessler and their teacher, Maria-Cristina Ortega-Alton, a token of appreciation during BAMC’s National Hispanic Heritage Month event in the hospital’s Medical Mall Oct. 3. The group preformed several sings in Spanish to honor different Hispanic and Latino cultures.