SCHERTZ, Texas --Brooke Army Medical Center celebrated and opened its newest addition - the Schertz Medical Home - during a ribbon cutting ceremony March 16.

Because of the increasing numbers of people relocating as a part of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law, the Army has implemented 17 off-post primary care clinics in 11 different communities across the nation to provide better service and access to health care for active duty service members and their families.

Fort Sam Houston is expected to receive an additional 10,000 military families, with many expected to move to the Schertz area, according to Army officials.

The Schertz Medical Home is the sixth of the 17 medical homes and was designed to provide the necessary health care for service members and their families residing in the Schertz community.

The patients of Schertz Medical Home will receive comprehensive health care by a team of doctors and nurses to ensure their health and wellness by delivering preventive screenings and services, taking care of new health concerns as they arise and managing chronic health problems.

"I am pleased to be here as we celebrate the opening of a facility that will bring patient-centered medical care to the Schertz area, closer to where many of our Soldiers and their families reside," said Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, commander of Brooke Army Medical Center and the Southern Regional Medical Command.

The 10,000-square-foot, single-story facility has more than 35 staff members, including 18 exam rooms, one patient treatment room, seven offices for clinical and administrative personnel and a conference room.

Some of the available services include chronic disease management, preventive health care services, urgent care, laboratory, pharmacy and a licensed behavioral health professional to provide marriage, family and individual counseling.

Each family practice team assigned to the Schertz Medical Home will have a nurse case manager to follow patients with chronic illnesses and a triage nurse who will facilitate and enhance communication with patients through e-mails and messages from appointing agents.

This team will also have a care coordinator, a licensed practical nurse who will track referral and patient care received outside of the Schertz Medical Home.

Schertz Medical Home is located in the Horizon Center near the intersection of Interstate 35 South and FM 3009. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call 210-808-2729 or 210-808-2726.