The post originated in the 1850s when Soldiers were assigned to the various outlying Texas camps to defend the settlers and the U.S. border. Doctors and medics were assigned for medical support of the Soldiers who primarily suffered from ailments traced to the unpurified Rio Grande water.
Today WBAMC offers a broad range of programs in many medical disciplines. Presently, there are 70 physicians in training, 27 interns and 43 residents at the facility. There are also more than 100 officers and enlisted Soldiers training in other medical specialties on any given day. The center also contains more than one million square feet of floor space for patient care and administrative duties including floor space for the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center.
The center sees an average of 1,200 patients daily. Additionally, medical professionals at the center perform more than 4,150 laboratory procedures and fill over 2,160 pharmacy requests daily. It's one of two trauma centers in El Paso County and treats between 10 and 15 percent of trauma cases in the area. Sixty percent of the trauma cases treated are military and 40 percent of those are family members of active-duty military.
AREA HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Franklin Mountains
- The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center
- Magoffin Homestead
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Wet and Wild Water World
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