National Naval Medical Center
The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was formed in September 2011. The Base Realighment and closure law of 2005 decided it would be best to join the National Naval Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center to form the new center that has been recently commonly called “The Nations’ Medical Center”. It is now one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military medical centers. WRNMMC represents the joining of the “Best of the Best”. They strive to excel in operational readiness; outstanding customer service; maintaining excellent graduate medical and dental education and research; and always delivering world-class health care within an integrated system.
Walter Reed Bethesda leads military medicine through outstanding patient-centered care, innovation, and excellence in education and research. We provide comprehensive care to prevent disease, restore health and maximize readiness.
Walter Reed General Hospital opened its doors on May 1, 1909. The Commander of the Army General Hospital, Major William C. Borden had lobbied for several years for a new hospital to replace the aged one at Washington Barracks, now Ft. McNair.
Borden and Major Walter Reed, who became best known as the leading researcher to discover that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes, became friends while teaching together at the Army Medical School. Sadly, one short year after his return trip from Cuba, Major Reed died from peritonitis following an appendectomy performed by his dear friend, Major Borden. Following Reed’s death, Borden became dedicated to seeing the completion of the new hospital which would co-locate the Army hospital, the Army Medical School, the Army Medical Museum and the Surgeon General’s Library. Borden was instrumental in naming the new hospital after his friend, Major Walter Reed.
The 1970’s brought much growth, when in 1973, the Naval Regional Health Care System was established, which placed all naval health care facilities within the Naval District Washington under authority of the Commander of the Medical Center and the same year the hosptial was consolidated into one command to form National Naval Medical Center.
The overall population in Bethesda, Maryland is 63,374.