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A Vision for the future of Military Medicine at Walter Reed Bethesda

01/30/2017

By Joseph Nieves and Sandy B. Dean

WRNMMC Public Affairs

As the New Year begins, major construction upgrades will continue at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center enhancing the patient experience, and the clinical and training environment.

Health care in the clinics of Walter Reed Bethesda, on the campus of Naval Support Activity Bethesda, has taken place for more than 75 years; therefore, upgrades are needed to ensure the Flagship of Military Medicine remains at the forefront, delivering high quality patient care and setting benchmarks in medical innovation and research.

“For the 450,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries within the National Capital Region, Walter Reed Bethesda endeavors to serve each patient with an unyielding passion for customized care to the individual patient and family need,” said Army Col. Anthony Meador, WRNMMC’s assistant chief of staff.
“Some home owners choose to demolish and renovate rather than make repairs because it is more cost effective. Over the next few years, Walter Reed Bethesda, will demolish and renovate on  the medical campus said Navy Cdr. Gregg Benton, WRNMMC’s facilities management department chief.
“Medical center staff members are also working diligently to ensure the changes will not impact patient  care,” added Benton.
Buildings 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8, built between the years 1945 and 1960, at the core of the Medical Center, will be demolished and replaced with the new construction that will be known as Building C. During this replacement period, 44 separate service lines will operate out of a temporary facility that will be located  in what is currently the G Lot.
Enhancements within Building C propelling Walter Reed Bethesda into the future include the  establishment of a centralized Women’s Health Center, the repositioning of the Wounded Warrior (WW) Medical Home clinic, new family-centered Medical and Surgical inpatient bedrooms and amenities, and a Pain Block and Stone Center. For an even stronger more comprehensive approach to patient care,  education, training and research spaces will be augmented to support simulation capability. Additional  square footage will also be added to Inpatient Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nutrition and Social Work.
Both patients and staff will also benefit from a new utility tunnel that will strengthen the communications infrastructure to accommodate modern technology and the ongoing pursuit of military medical excellence.
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