Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“All are Welcome to the Healing Plaza”
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
This plaza is a tribute to the history and legacy of two great military medical institutions and their contributions to military medicine. Through this garden’s 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 President’s 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
Secured from a façade 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 plaza’s 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!
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 Departments’ Medal of Honor recipients’ plaques in the foreground
(2) The original Walter Reed Army General
(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. Navy’s 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. Touch 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 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 1940’s (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 (was approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
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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 Century • Heroes • Military • Science & Medicine •
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