Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
WRAMC - Modern Era
Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center
— Walking Tour —
Over the last century, countless American soldiers and their dependents sought medical care at WRAMC. Veterans from both World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Persian Gulf War, and conflicts in Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq were treated and rehabilitate at the facility. WRAMC's pioneering work in the rehabilitation of amputees and development of prosthetics used the latest in computer and video-monitoring systems to enhance patient care and prosthetic
After 102 years of service, operations at WRAMC ceased in 2011 as a result of a congressional panel recommendation to consolidate military medical care in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, creating the joint forces Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on the existing Naval Medical Center campus. The name Walter Reed remains synonymous with the highest excellence in Army health care, medical education and medical research. The legacy of WRAMC, as a globally respected medical facility, lives on in the histories of the three great institutions it contained, in the discoveries and medical advances achieved by the medical staff, and in the care and rehabilitation of America's soldiers.
Construction of the massive New Hospital took five years and required demolition of dozens of wards and other buildings on the northeast corner of the WRAMC campus.
Lieutenant General Heaton served as commanding officer at WRAMC from 1953 to 1959 and was later appointed surgeon general of the Army. In 1994, the New Hospital at WRAMC was rededicated in his honor as the Heaton Pavilion.
This view of the original Main Hospital constructed in 1909 and the modern New Hospital constructed in 1977, to the north, reflects the juxtaposition of traditional values of permanence, elegance, and
Location. 38° 58.413′ N, 77° 1.76′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Main Drive Northwest west of 12th Street Northwest, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 Butternut Street Northwest, Washington DC 20012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cameron's Creek and the Rose Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Fort Stevens (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Borden's Dream (about 300 feet away); Borden's Dream Realized (about 400 feet away); Walter Reed General Hospital (about 400 feet away); Site of a Tulip Tree (about 400 feet away); Walter Reed Army Medical Center (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Walter Reed Army Medical Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brightwood.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 20, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4. submitted on December 24, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.