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News | Aug. 10, 2021

BAMC takes on additional trauma patients to ease COVID burden

By Elaine Sanchez

Brooke Army Medical Center is taking on additional trauma patients to help ease the rapidly increasing burden on the local healthcare system.

In coordination with the city’s trauma system, BAMC is now receiving all inter-facility transfers of injured patients who require a higher level of care from across the trauma region, which encompasses 22 counties across Southwest Texas.

Similar to last summer and earlier this year, by taking on additional trauma patients, BAMC, a Level I Trauma Center, is freeing up community hospital beds for critically ill COVID patients, explained Air Force Col. Patrick Osborn, BAMC’s deputy commander for surgical services.

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