After more than a century, Army's Walter Reed to close

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  1. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Major Walter Reed, M.D., (September 13, 1851 – November 22, 1902) was a U.S. Army physician who in 1900 led the team which postulated and confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact.
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Can't say I'm sad to see it close.

    Having worked there for a bit of time the hospital was showing its age. Yes, it's a sentimental place, but in reality it was time to either refurbish or close and BRAC probably made the correct decision.

    The place was well known among providers to have a large percentage of civilian staff (janitors, clerks, support staff....not caregivers in my experience) who could care less about their job and were simply there to punch a clock and do as little work or be as unhelpful as possible. You couldn't fire 'em so now they've done the next best thing and tossed them all in one fell swoop!

    I am somewhat mad about the fiscally irresponsible move of building an amazing amputee center at WRAMC between the time BRAC was announced and its closing.

    Overall though the retirees in Northern Virginia should be excited as they get a "new" hospital there which will basically be WRNNMC-South and the care provided at the main hospital in Bethesda should continue to be amazing.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Can't say they did a great job with my labral tear identification. After going through a 1.5 hour MRI process I was declared "good to go". Spent 2 minutes with a Vanderbilt MD during the Hood to Coast Relay Race and he said he thought it was a tear and that I would need a different kind of MRI...which clearly showed I had a tear. Not good Walter Reed. That was my experience. That said, they have done great things for some very damaged service members. The facilities are less than desirable.
     
  4. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I am sure there were all sorts of backroom politics going on in the decision to build that thing at WRAMC. Agree with you that it would have been perfect rigth next to the ICE, they have the room (although not much :) )
     
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    It is definitely a sentimental thing for me. That was my first duty station and I am incredibly proud to have served there and play a role in the healing of our wounded warriors. Having been there definitely keeps things in perspective while I am deployed. I am also excited to see how the progress at the new hospital in Bethesda when I come through the area during my redeployment.:thumb:
     

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