JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas –
On March 8 a new patient discharge lounge opened at Brooke Army Medical Center for patients preparing to leave the hospital.
The lounge is located on the first floor behind the 24-hour Micro Market area in the pediatric hallway. Currently, the service is available Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and can accommodate up to six patients at a time.
“The discharge lounge is an evidenced-based practice intervention to expedite inpatient bed availability,” said Army Col. Jody Brown, deputy commander for inpatient services. “It improves patient throughput by allowing discharged patients to depart their inpatient rooms while awaiting completion of the discharge process or transportation.