Walter Reed Army Medical Center Closing
July 24, 2011 by staff
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Closing, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which opened in 1909 and has served our military through six wars and countless military actions, where President Eisenhower died Bob Hope and entertaining, will close next month. The campus will be delivered to the State Department and the District of Columbia, while medical operations are divided between the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, and the hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Walter Reed began to be investigated in 2007 when it was found unsuitable for external needs of returning wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan. But the decision to close Walter Reed was made two years earlier. The scandal has led to better care for our wounded, but little could be done in an aging building needed renovations prohibitively expensive to handle the needs of modern medicine.
There will be an official closing ceremony on Wednesday, July 27, although the move will take place over several weeks. The hand-off occurs on 15 September.
The hospital complex was named for a U.S. Army surgeon, Major Walter Reed, MD (1851-1902) who led a team that confirmed the theory that yellow fever that was killing thousands of people in Central America and the Caribbean was transmitted by a particular species of mosquitoes. The discovery of immediate impact U.S. ability to complete the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914, once the teams had been sent to spread large quantities of insecticide. Reed was the construction of the work of Carlos Finlay and George Miller Sternberg. The work of everyone involved in the eradication of yellow fever laid the foundation for the fields of epidemiology and biomedicine. Reed was just 51 when he died of complications of appendicitis in the pre-antibiotic era. Your doctor, Lt. Col. William C. Borden began fund-raising effort that resulted in the first hospital building is being built seven years later. The historically important buildings remain, although some of the more modern buildings can be removed.
The hospital treated foreign leaders, as well as our own soldiers and presidents. Generals John J. Pershing of World War I fame and Douglas MacArthur in World War II died there. It has been a favorite place for artists and animators hope to quarterback Tom Brady.
Col. Norvell Coots, commander of the institution, spoke for all: “For many of the staff, even though they know this is the future of military health system, in some ways still is like losing your uncle favorite, and therefore there is a certain amount of grief is happening and is an emotional time. The new facility in Bethesda will be called Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, reflecting its multi-service range.
Susan Eisenhower Granddaughter of President added view of the closure, “Frankly, I say it is with great sadness that Walter Reed closes. No. I know there was a process of that decision, but we lost a large part, important the story. “She shared memories of bringing a birthday cake of grandfather in the hospital room where he spent the last months of his life in 1969 as foreign dignitaries and political leaders visited him.
That is a small part of the hospital’s history. There is a garden of roses, where the nurses were married to their patients during the Vietnam War, and a chapel where President Truman first attended services after taking office following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt, who first visited with General Pershing retired. A historical marker shows that the Confederate soldiers shot President Lincoln, a duty officer causing him to call Lincoln a “stupid” to leave the safety of the city.
Vermont teen own President Calvin Coolidge died at Walter Reed blood poisoning caused by infected blister contracted while playing tennis at the White House.
The first hospital, instead of 80 beds. Today, the complex of 775,000 outpatients a year and it has 150 inpatient beds. Service personnel and their families receive treatment. They were military deliveries until early 1990. Rehabilitation has always been an essential part of the mission of Walter Reed; with flyers dating from World War I show that amputees and those who lost their sight or hearing can lead a full life.
The 2007 scandal about living conditions in the hospital and not the quality of care received. Revealed a disconnect between the medical and social services should have been supporting the hospital. The new facilities at Bethesda and Fort Belvoir have no such problem because they have not completed the military bases of support. The presidents have been treated at Walter Reed for years, because it was not considered secure enough.
Marine Sgt. Rob Jones, a double amputee from the war in Afghanistan is one of the 440 soldiers currently receiving outpatient treatment at Walter Reed. He takes a job at the FBI, and a place in the U.S. rowing team adaptation. He sat on a bench outside the hospital, and summed up what many say that after being treated there, “I probably just remind people that he was working, the staff here, how much that helped me to retrace my feet. ” It has always been the people, not the building that mattered.
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