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“All are Welcome to the Healing Plaza

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

 
 
All are Welcome to the <b>Healing Plaza</b> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
1. All are Welcome to the Healing Plaza Marker
Inscription.
All are Welcome to the
Healing Plaza

This plaza is a tribute to the history and legacy of two great military medical institutions and their contributions to military medicine. Through this gardenís peaceful landscape, sculpture, and memorials, visitors are reminded of our commitment to mission of patient care.

On 15 September 2011, Walter Reed Army Medical Center was realigned to the National Naval Medical Center, establishing it as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. With over 100 years and over 70 years of service to their patients, respectively, and exceptional and lasting contributions to military medicine, while serving as “The Presidentís Hospital,” these two institutions have joined to form the largest and most comprehensive military medical center.

The namesake for the new medical center, Major Walter Reed, was known for his leadership of the Yellow Fever Board of 1900-01 which firmly established a common domestic mosquito as the carrier of the dreaded yellow fever. This discovery led to its near eradication in a few brief years. He died on 22 November 1902 at the age of 51. On 21 November, a bust of Major Walter Reed, sculpted by artist Felix de Weldon, was dedicated at the Army medical center that bore his name and was moved to its
All are Welcome to the <b>Healing Plaza</b> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2013
2. All are Welcome to the Healing Plaza
new location in this garden in 2013.

Secured from a faÁade of the former Senior Enlisted Barracks, Building 12, NNMC which was built in 1941, the U.S. Navy Fouled Anchor bas relief now occupies the plazaís northern edge, symbolizing the leadership role of “The Chief” in the Navy and Navy Medicine. Building 12 was replaced in 2009 by the National Intrepid Center of Excellence.

Located between the Major Walter Reed bust and the U.S. Navy Fouled Anchor is a special wall memorializing the medical Medal of Honor recipients. Paved alcoves around the plaza perimeter contain our military service emblems.

This healing garden is a visible symbol of the successful integration of the two great medical institutions, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, MD. We honor our proud legacy, history, and traditions. We recognize, embrace and celebrate the new opportunities for excellence realized by our merging together. What We Do Matters!

Dedicated 28 June 2013.

Photos on the “Healing Plaza” marker:

(1) The Healing Plaza viewed from the north with the Maj. Walter Reed monument and the Army and Navy Medical Departmentsí Medal of Honor recipientsí plaques in the foreground
(2) The original Walter Reed Army General
"The USN Fouled Anchor": time-honored insignia of the Navy Chief Petty Officer. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
3. "The USN Fouled Anchor": time-honored insignia of the Navy Chief Petty Officer.
Originally displayed outside the former Naval Hospital's Senior Enlisted men's barracks or "Corpsmen's Quarters" [i.e. Bldg. 12] - it is now re-located to the Healing Plaza
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Hospital Building in Washington, D.C., circa 1911.
(3) The U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Tower Building, circa 1941.
(4) Close-up of the Maj. Walter Reed bust now relocated to the Healing Plaza in Bethesda.
(5) Close-up of the “fouled anchor”, U.S. Navyís chief petty officer insignia.
 
Erected 2013 by U.S. Department of Defense.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.189′ N, 77° 5.616′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Palmer Road, N north of Wood Rd. and Wisconsin Ave. (Maryland Route 355), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The main entrance to the medical center is via the south security guard post on the right when traveling north on Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Avenue (Maryland Route 355). The new (2013) "Healing Plaza" is on the north side of the main medical complex - on the left side of Palmer Road, N. which makes a counter clockwise loop through the complex from the Route 355 entrance. Traffic is usually heavy, parking is problematic, and visitors without military identification may need special authorization to enter the facility. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda MD 20889, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
4. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
-the coming together of the best of Army Medicine and the best of Navy Medicine to create the best of Military Medicine
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter Reed Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Walter Reed Memorial (a few steps from this marker); National Naval Medical Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Naval Medical Center in the 1940ís (about 700 feet away); Old Spring House & Pool of Bethesda (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Centennial Anchor (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Louis Stokes Laboratories (approx. half a mile away); Tree of Hippocrates (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Bethesda.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (Submitted on October 3, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Naval Support Activity, Bethesda; Medical Medal of Honor Recipients.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyHeroesMilitaryScience & Medicine
 
"<b>The Healing Plaza</b>" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
5. "The Healing Plaza"
-note the iconic (1941) tower of the former "Bethesda Naval Hospital" (left, background) and the 1905 monument to Maj. Walter Reed (relocated from the now de-commissioned Walter Reed Army Medical Center (center right, foreground).
Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 18, 2012
6. Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 1
The Healing Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2014
7. The Healing Plaza
Close-up of photo engraved on marker
Walter Reed Army Medical Center image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2014
8. Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Close-up of photo engraved on marker
National Naval Medical Center image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2014
9. National Naval Medical Center
Close-up of photo engraved on marker
Walter Reed image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2014
10. Walter Reed
Felix de Weldon's portrait bust of Walter Reed
Close-up of photo engraved on marker
Fouled Anchor image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2014
11. Fouled Anchor
Close-up of photo engraved on marker
Walter Reed image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 29, 2014
12. Walter Reed
Statue by Felix de Weldon
Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
13. Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 2
Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
14. Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 3
Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 4 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
15. Medical Medal of Honor Recipients - Panel 4
Naval Support Activity Bethesda - Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, October 2, 2013
16. Naval Support Activity Bethesda - Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
 
 
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