The Fort Worth District has one of the widest ‘footprints’ when it comes to Military and Civilian projects. They are all important, but for those projects that will directly impact and support our Military members and their Families, there is often an added personal reward for all team members involved in them.
One such project is the new San Antonio Military Medical Center’s Hyperbaric Medical Facility Addition Project. The contract for the project was awarded in July 2014, after which the design for the new facility was completed and the project construction began in July 2015.
The project represents one of the final construction projects at Joint Base San Antonio that began with a realignment of services via the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of 2005.
The new Hyperbaric addition will be located just outside SAMMC’s main entrance and will provide care for some the most seriously injured service members. With the consolidation of military inpatient medical services, the Air Force needed to also move the hyperbaric chamber care to SAMMC.
“The design and location of the new addition is such that when you look at the number of patients and scope of their injuries, this will effectively bring the medical treatment exactly where it is most needed,” said Chris Sharp, PMP, Account Manager, Joint Base San Antonio.
To really grasp the major impact of the new addition requires understanding the critical level of care it will house.
Hyperbaric Medicine provides treatment for wound care, decompression sickness, arterial gas embolisms, carbon monoxide poisoning and provides the only active duty hyperbaric fellowship program.
While many hyperbaric facilities have ‘one-patient’ chambers, the new addition will have a chamber that can serve multiple patients.
“When you are caring for some of our most severely injured and vulnerable patients, the goal is to get those patients back on their feet. Having both mono-place and multi-place chambers in the same facility provides flexibility in care and further enhances the rehabilitation and overall recovery,” said Sharp.
Additionally, there is a seamless relationship and mutual respect that the SWF project team and the medical community SAMMC have for one another. Both recognize that the work they are doing is for achieving a very important goal; completion of a state of the art medical facility that will provide the best possible care for our Nation’s heroes.
Completion of the Hyperbaric Chamber addition is targeted for mid-year 2017.