The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, San Antonio, is a department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and was officially dedicated on November 17, 1973. It is a 615-bed acute care facility, providing primary, secondary, and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, neuropsychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 120-bed nursing home and a thirty-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center. An active ambulatory care program provides primary services to eligible veterans throughout South Texas. This program is carried on at the hospital and in satellite outpatient clinics in San Antonio, Victoria, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and McAllen.
The hospital, built in 1973 as a component of the South Texas Medical Center, serves forty-one counties and a veteran population of 300,000. In 1993 the facility employed 2,000 persons and had an operating budget of $135 million. The Audie Murphy Hospital is affiliated with all five schools that constitute the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and with forty-one other academic institutions.
The Audie Murphy Research Services, among the top ten research and development services in the Department of Veterans Affairs, dedicates 28,000 square feet to medical investigations. In 1992 more than 150 investigators pursued 500 separate studies in such diverse areas as aging, fungal infection, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. The service is the only Veterans Affairs unit included in a nationwide Interleukin-2 cancer study. The Biomedical Research Foundation of South Texas was established in 1989 to support the research mission of the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital.
Due to the dedication of its clinical and administrative staff, the hospital is home to many unique and outstanding programs. Dental-implant procedures were pioneered by the facility for the entire federal government. In 1988 the hospital was selected as a Geriatric Research Evaluation and Clinical Center site. The hospital's sharing agreements with the Department of Defense and the private sector result in savings to the federal government and a wide range of services to veterans. Some significant programs established through sharing agreements include lung transplants, liver transplants, heart transplants, bone-marrow transplants, magnetic resonance imaging, linear accelerator treatment, and positron emission tomography. Because the hospital is named for Audie Leon Murphy, the most highly decorated soldier of World War II, it houses the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Room, which showcases a collection of Audie Murphy memorabilia.
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Health and Medicine
Veterans' Hospitals, Military Hospitals, and Centers
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
José R. Coronado,
“Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 22, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
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November 1, 1994
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