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Collaborative medicine saves BAMC sickle cell patient
March 19, 2019
— Imagine being alone at home lying in bed, your loved one hundreds of miles away and you’re experiencing debilitating pain in both legs. You call 911 for help and crawl down a flight of stairs so paramedics don’t have to break down the door. This is exactly what happened to 36-year-old Alexis Piper, who has been battling sickle cell anemia since she was 7 years old. ...
Brooke Army Medical Center marks robust year for civilian trauma care
March 12, 2019
— The numbers are telling when it comes to Brooke Army Medical Center’s robust trauma care mission...
National Nutrition Month: Diet comparison: benefits, downfalls for optimized performance or weight management
March 4, 2019
— With every new year, it seems there is a new diet trend. With so many diets, it can be challenging to know what is “good for you.” It is important to consider personal goals when choosing a diet. Some people follow a diet for optimized performance, while others may be interested in weight management. Knowing the benefits and downfalls of a diet is key for health. ...
BAMC Black History Month observance celebrates cultural diversity
February 27, 2019
— Brooke Army Medical Center celebrated Black History Month Feb. 20 with a cultural observance in the hospital’s Medical Mall at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. The theme for this year’s observance was “Black Migrations.”...
New reusable container option available in BAMC dining areas
February 26, 2019
— The Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Nutritional Medicine at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston 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
— The hand-scribbled note taped to his dog tags simply said, “Request to go to the CFI” with a phone number. The note was written from one amputee to another. Army Staff Sgt. Kayshawn Porterfield was following in his father’s footsteps. He joined the Army with a plan of becoming a lifelong Soldier and his Army career was progressing. He was moving up in rank quickly, had finished the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. ...
BAMC seeking ‘mystery shoppers’ to help improve patient experience
January 31, 2019
— Retail stores often use secret shoppers to improve customer service. Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is now implementing a similar concept to improve patient experience...
Medical school advisors visit Brooke Army Medical Center
January 24, 2019
— Two U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Battalions recently joined forces in order to show medical school pre-health advisors the benefits of choosing an Army healthcare career over the civilian sector, visiting staff at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston...
BAMC hosts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance
January 23, 2019
— Brooke Army Medical Center hosted the Joint Base San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at the historic Fort Sam Houston Theater Jan. 17...
Brooke Army Medical Center welcomes first baby of 2019
January 2, 2019
— He was due after the holiday, but decided to come early to the New Year’s party. A few hours after the ball dropped in Times Square in New York City, Callum Charles Hunt made his appearance at 1:50 a.m. on New Year’s Day, marking Brooke Army Medical Center’s first delivery of 2019. ...
Brooke Army Medical Center deploys HIPAA-compliant secure messaging app
December 11, 2018
— Medical professionals at Brooke Army Medical Center have deployed a cloud-based messaging app which will allow them to securely share patient information from their personal devices and desktop workstations...
Resources available to service members dealing with substance use disorders
December 11, 2018
— The Brooke Army Medical Center Department of Behavioral Medicine has launched a new program to make it easier for service members to get help for substance use disorders. The new Addictions Medicine Intensive Outpatient Program is an intense five-week outpatient program offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Multi-Disciplinary Behavioral Health Clinic...
ADVISOR system medical lifeline for operational forces
December 3, 2018
— The Advanced Virtual Support for Operational Forces system, or ADVISOR, coordinated through the Army Virtual Medical Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, provides 24/7/365 on-demand telephone consultations with on-call specialty providers during emergencies...
Commentary: Military traditions instill pride, connection with past
November 30, 2018
— I’ve seen more than my share of military traditions over the past 20 years. Countless times, I’ve sung service songs, watched the Honor Guard place the colors, and stood at attention during Reveille and Retreat. While I’ve always admired the dignity and honor of these traditions, they became somewhat routine over the years. I didn’t truly appreciate their purpose until my father passed away. ...
Sutherland Springs remembered one year later
November 21, 2018
— Brooke Army Medical Center held two ceremonies to honor the victims of a mass shooting that took place in a small rural community near San Antonio and the staff members who treated them...
Veterans honored during Brooke Army Medical Center ceremony
November 9, 2018
— Brooke Army Medical Center held its 3rd annual Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 2 featuring patriotic music, performances by a local high school marching band and drill team, a health fair and lunch...
Brooke Army Medical Center achieves ‘Most Wired’ title for seventh consecutive year
November 9, 2018
— For the seventh consecutive year, Brooke Army Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” medical facilities for its innovative use of health information technology by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, or CHIME...
BAMC maintains long-standing accreditation from Commission on Cancer
November 7, 2018
— Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston maintains multiple accreditations in an effort to ensure patients receive the safe, high-quality care they deserve. One of the longest-standing accreditations, more than 68 years, is from the Commission on Cancer, or CoC, a program of the American College of Surgeons...
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
— The scenario for this exercise was mass shooting involving explosives at Freeman Coliseum in downtown San Antonio. At BAMC, an additional scenario involving a tanker truck containing a chemical agent colliding with a bus carrying patients, was added to test the hospital’s ability to decontaminate patients before treatment...