University of the Incarnate Word officials announced plans Friday to further cement its major academic medical campus in the traditionally medically underserved community on the South Side of San Antonio.

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The faith-based university purchased seven buildings spanning 23.5 acres at Brooks, a 1,308-acre mixed-use development on the former Brooks Air Force Base, to house its health professions programs.

The deal closed Sept. 25, UIW spokesman Michael Valdes said. The financial terms aren’t being released.

Four of those buildings already are occupied by the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine. Of the others, two are vacant and one currently is leased to another tenant.

Brooks is owned and managed by the Brooks Development Authority, which is governed by an 11-member board of directors appointed by the mayor and San Antonio City Council.

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UIW’s medical campus is built on what used to be the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Its main campus is located at 4301 Broadway near U.S. 281.

University President Thomas M. Evans said the Brooks acquisition is a major step toward its long-term plans for the university.

“This is a move truly inspired by our founders, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, who continually look for ways to serve the underserved and improve the health and well-being of all,” he said in a news release. “We live that mission and we believe the continued economic growth of San Antonio’s South Side is well worth the investment.”

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