NOVA Group One of Last to Tour Walter Reed Army Medical Center
August 29, 2011
A group from NoVaHealthFORCE and NOVA received one of the last tours of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The visit included a command overview and Military Advanced Training Center (MATC) tour and discussion on ways to support Wounded Ill and Injured Warriors (WIIWs) and their families. The MATC is a 31,000 square foot infrastructure dedicated to offering comprehensive services for amputees and functional limb loss patients.
Opened in 2007 on the Walter Reed Campus, the facility was constructed with a goal of returning wounded warriors to active duty if they desired, rather than just discharging them and placing them under the care of the Veterans Health Administration. The wounded warriors that met with the NOVA group are among the most dedicated, focused and inspiring that the military has. Approximately 200 of these wounded, but dedicated, soldiers have returned to active military duty. The facility, and its interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, will become part of the new Walter Reed.
Medical Education Campus Provost Brian Foley was deputy commander at Walter Reed from 1991 to 2001. Colonel Foley (Ret.) gave the group a special tour of the original Walter Reed Hospital, constructed in 1909. The building is rich in history, as evidenced by the numerous portraits of past presidents, senators, and even Winston Churchill. Today, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, senators and representatives all receive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).
The United States flagship army medical facility, WRAMC will soon move from its current location in Northwest Washington. WRAMC will be combining with the Bethesda Naval Hospital to form the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Maryland and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (DeWitt Health Care Network) in Virginia.
The 1.2 million square foot Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is scheduled to open in October 2011. The complex will include 55 clinics, 430 patient exam rooms, 10 operating rooms and 120 beds. Approximately two-thirds of the 3,000 staff will be civilian. The center is named after Major Walter Reed (1851–1902), an army physician who led the team which confirmed that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes rather than direct contact.
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