VA Opens Fifth Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center to Care for Wounded

SAN ANTONIO, TX–VA has dedicated a new polytrauma rehabilitation center (CRC) at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) here.

The state-of-the-art, $66 million inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center will treat veterans and active-duty servicemembers with multiple, traumatic injuries. This is VA’s fifth polytrauma center nationwide.

“Today, casualties survive catastrophic injuries that would have been lethal just a few years ago,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, who gave the keynote address during the dedication event in San Antonio. “More of our wounded are surviving, and more of them are permanently disabled by devastating injuries. They had the will to survive. We owe them the rest of the journey home.”

The center will work closely with DoD to treat servicemembers and veterans with physical, cognitive, psychological or psychosocial impairments and functional disabilities.

Examples of polytrauma care include traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, burns, fractures, hearing loss and visual impairment.

VA’s fifth PRC, designed by the architectural joint venture of Smith Group/Marmon Mok, will work in conjunction with Brooke Army Medical Center, The Center for the Intrepid, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.

It will consist of 12 acute-care polytrauma rehabilitation inpatient beds; physical medicine and rehabilitation services; outpatient polytrauma rehabilitation services; and refurbished prosthetic, rehabilitation and office space.  

VA’s Polytrauma System of Care consists of five regional TBI/Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers in Richmond, Va.; Tampa, Fla.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Minneapolis, and San Antonio.

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