an Imago Dei Par Vias ministry
Serving the Image of God on the Streets
Dr. Hans Bruntmyer practicing backpack medicine for our friends on the street during the early days of SMSA
What is Street Medicine?
Beginnings of Street Medicine San Antonio
We regularly liaise with a handful of community organizations, both receiving patients and referring them for services including ID retrieval, housing, and rehabilitation. When patients are ready to establish primary care, we refer them to free clinics, community hospitals, and specialists, as needed.
In late 2021, Dr. Bruntmyer appointed co-medical directors - Dr. Patrick Muehlberger and Dr. Brian Dillon - in his place. They are also emergency medicine physicians who have served with Street Medicine since early 2019.
In the summer of 2022, Imago Dei Par Vias (IDPV) was formed as the non-profit association which oversees SMSA. Dr. Muehlberger, Dr. Dillon, Amy Moore, PA-C, and Tiffany Juarez, LCSW, also members of SMSA, serve on the board of IDPV.
The way ahead
Quite literally, only God knows.
In the Spring of 2023, SMSA began providing regular patient care at San Antonio's newly developed permanent supportive housing community - Towne Twin Village (TTV). TTV is in the process of building a permanent clinic, where our organization plans to collaborate with local medical education institutions to provide care. In May of 2024, we will host the 3rd annual Texas Street Medicine Symposium at the UIWSOM campus in San Antonio, TX. Last, but not least, our board is pursuing funding to create a wholistic street medicine team, including medical, behavioral health, and social services.
Despite the many changes the organization has gone through and the plans for the future, the ultimate goal of SMSA, care for San Antonio’s most vulnerable, has not changed.
Dr. Brian Dillon performing an incision and drainage
Pre-medical student Ben Dawson and UIWSOM OMS2 Christine Saleeb performed wound care
From left to right, UIWSOM OMS2 Xyruz Villariz, pre-medical student Reagan Gately, and nursing student Julianna Vasquez perform a patient evaluation