Your Chamber was honored to be on hand last Thursday when the University of Incarnate Word held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Brooks City Base. Many of San Antonio’s community leaders including Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Leo Gomez, CEO of Brooks, joined University leaders in celebrating the continued growth of the former Air Force Base and booming business and residential community.
The renovated, four-building campus sprawls across 16 acres on the city’s southeast side, where the previous Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine once stood. Forty-five faculty members will welcome the first 150 students at the end of this month, bringing Texas its second medical school focused on osteopathic medicine and San Antonio its second medical school after UT Health San Antonio. The new campus will be the first private medical school to focus on osteopathic medicine in the state.
The anticipation of continued growth in the Southeast area brings about the thought of a future “South Medical Center.” This is exciting for San Antonio, as it would provide closer access to care for members of that region. This new campus will be able to provide additional and much needed primary-care physicians to our city and to our state, where the ratio of doctor patient care is currently an estimated 73 per every 100,000 according to the Texas Dept. of State Health Services.