History of Medicine
The original Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed in 2011. By Act of Congress, the hospital was merged with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and re-designated “The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.” The current page provides historical information about the original site in Washington, DC; it is NOT a link to either the old or the new facility. To contact the new facility, visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center website; for patient records, please call (301) 295-4000.
A Walter Reed Hospital postcard, ca. 1930s
Courtesy of Moody Medical Library, UTMB
By Congressional legislation, construction of the Walter Reed General Hospital was authorized, and the Hospital admitted its first patients on May 1, 1909. Named in Major Walter Reed's honor, the medical center was founded on principles that would integrate patient care, teaching and research. World War I saw the hospital's capacity grow from 80 patient beds to 2,500 in a matter of months. Through World War II, Korea and Vietnam Wars, hundreds of thousands of soldiers were treated here. On September 26, 1977, the new main hospital building was dedicated by Major General Robert Bernstein, then Walter Reed's commander. The new hospital itself stands 125 feet tall, equal in height to a ten story building.Through the years, the Walter Reed Medical Center added tenant institutions and facilities to its roster: Walter Reed Institute of Research, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Army Physical Disability Agency, along with several smaller units.
Under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, Walter Reed Hospital relocated to the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD on September 15, 2011. The facility is now called the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. For more information visit http://www.army.mil/walterreedmove/
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