After years of collaboration, the military treatment facilities in San Antonio officially unified as a marketplace with the Defense Health Agency in a ceremony at Brooke Army Medical Center today.
The new San Antonio market will work together to optimize personnel and resources and improve access to care for more than 250,000 military beneficiaries in the region, said Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of DHA.
“The San Antonio Market has always been one of the largest and most influential full-service markets in the military healthcare system,” Place said at the ceremony. “For decades, the men and women of the San Antonio market have been leaders in showing the rest of the military health care system what effective joint operations can look like. “
The San Antonio market spans the region and includes the Brooke Army Medical Center, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, 10 stand-alone military treatment facilities, and more than 100 specialist departments – staffed with approximately 11,000 members of the army, navy, air force, civilians and contractors. staff.
As the only Department of Defense Level I trauma center, the Marketplace partners with the Community Trauma System to deliver intensive care to emergency civilian patients in 22 counties in southwest Texas. In addition, all enlisted military medical forces train at the Medical Education Training Campus at Fort Sam Houston.
“The San Antonio market is a big deal,” Place said, also citing the market’s cutting edge research, clinical and specialty care. “It is a diverse military community with a deep responsibility for the defense of our nation; a community that takes pride in its tradition of providing the full range of services demanded by our forces.
Although officially established today, the market has encouraged cooperative efforts for nearly a decade as an enhanced full-service marketplace, or eMSM, the brigadier noted. Gen. Jeannine Ryder, director and commander of the San Antonio market, 59th Medical Wing. As an eMSM, the 59th Medical Wing and the Brooke Army Medical Center, a flagship of military medicine, have worked together to provide safe, quality health care to more than 250,000 beneficiaries since 2013.
“There is no doubt that we are better together,” she said. “I cannot express the pride I feel to be part of an exceptional and cohesive market team working towards the goal of a unified effort for an integrated health system.”
The market’s cooperative efforts have never been more apparent than in the past 18 months, Ryder noted.
“In the face of a global public health crisis, we have worked transparently together and alongside our military and community partners to fight the pandemic through patient care, diagnostic tests, vaccinations, efforts research and more, ”she said. “The initiatives were here in San Antonio as well as across the country… our doctors have answered the call when needed.”
Ryder also thanked all of the community market partners for their support. The San Antonio market has always enjoyed a strong relationship with our community partners, ”she said.
To move forward as a market, “we will use the best of our capabilities and expertise to optimize continuity, standardization and access to care for our patients … because they deserve nothing less “she said.
Place agreed. “This is why we are standardizing and integrating our health services – to improve the care we provide and to be ready to provide it in combat,” he said. “As our beneficiaries seek care across this community, they will see more and more common processes, a common health record and a simplified way to access care; whether in a military or civilian setting.
The San Antonio Market is the seventh market to stand in the past year. DHA assumed administration and management responsibilities for Army, Navy and Air Force military hospitals and clinics on October 1, 2019. Since then, these facilities have gradually shifted from support from military medical services to DHA through the establishment of medical markets.
The collaboration you showed to get to this moment was extraordinary and was not a “given,” Place said. “Today, it’s a recognition of this team; line managers, medical leaders, staff, our federal colleagues and private sector partners; and their commitment to the health of the military community.
“As a market, we look forward to expanding our partnerships with a common goal in mind: to provide the highest quality and continuity of care to our military and civilian patients,” said Col. Michael Wirt, Commander BAMC.