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WRAMC - Modern Era

Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center

 

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By Devry Becker Jones, December 20, 2019
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Inscription.  To keep pace with the advances in medical technology and consolidate patient care in one facility, congressional funds were procured for a new modern hospital facility on the WRAMC campus in 1967. Construction of the New Hospital commenced in 1972, was completed in 1977 and was later dedicated as the Heaton Pavilion, for Lieutenant General Leonard D. Heaton, commanding officer at WRAMC from 1953 to 1959. Built in the modern Brutalist architectural style of concrete construction, the new hospital functioned as a self-contained unit with 28 acres of floor space, 1280 patient beds, 16 operating rooms, two courtyards, an electrical generating plant and an underground parking garage.

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
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design.

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.

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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
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 20, 2019
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stability that served to establish medicine as critical to the mission of the Army, and the modern need to re-centralize hospital functions from individual wards across the campus.
(Marker Number 7.)
 
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.
 
Categories. ArchitectureEducationScience & MedicineWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, 2nd IraqWar, AfghanistanWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2019
4. Signage on the perimeter of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center
A Century of Care
During all its more than 100 years of activity, Walter Reed served more than 150,000 active duty and retired personnel from all branches of the military.
 

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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.
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