Among the major construction projects are a 760,000-square-foot tower that will house a 25,000-square-foot burn unit, administrative space, an outpatient pediatrics clinic, an expanded emergency and trauma department; a surgical intensive-care unit; a critical-care unit and psychiatric nursing units, according to the Army.
The Army's San Antonio Military Medical Center after conversion will include 116 intensive-care unit beds, 33 operating rooms, a Level One trauma center and new Centers of Excellence in battlefield health and trauma, cardio-vascular care and maternal-child care.
At Lackland Air Force Base, military officials broke ground in April on the new Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, which is expected to be completed in 2015. The current 54-year-old building will be demolished once the new building is operational, according to the Air Force. The three-story ambulatory surgical center will contain more than 40 outpatient clinics and services, according to the Air Force. Phase One of the construction includes the first of four wings that are part of a 681,000-square-foot facility, and a 1,000-car parking garage.
Although the emergency department in Wilford's current building closed July 1, the new Wilford will offer urgent care 24-7 for trainees and beneficiaries and will include medical, pediatric and surgical subspecialty clinics, as well as a Center of Excellence in eye care.