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Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the premier medical institution in the Department of Defense, located in the District of Columbia, one mile from the District line to neighboring Maryland.


LOCATION:  The Main Section of Walter Reed Army Medical Center(WRAMC) is located in an attractive Washington residential area between Rock Creek Park and Georgia Avenue near the Maryland-D.C. boundary.  All patient care activities, as well as most WRAMC administrative services, are located on main post.  Today WRAMC, fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, continues to service the military community from in and around Washington, DC and around the world.

   Unlike a traditional military installation, which can be similar to a self-contained community, WRAMC is predominately a work site.  Housing is limited, seven quarters for key and essential personnel.  The remainder of the military work force lives in the many civilian communities that make up the Washington Metropolitan Area, which encompasses the District of Columbia, portions of the States of Maryland and Virginia.

   The Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Annex, located three miles north of the Center's Main Section in nearby Montgomery County, MD is the home of WRAMC's shopping complex, featuring a P.X., commissary, clothing sales store, hobby shop, the Child Development Center, Veterinary Clinic, and the Walter Reed Institute of Research (WRAIR).

HISTORY:  Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 97 Years of Service - 1909-2006:  Named after Major Walter Reed by the Army Medical Corps in 1909 for his greatness in controlling the spread of Yellow Fever, Walter Reed Army Medical Center is a monument to a long tradition of patient care, medical research and education development.  It is a tribute to the vision, intelligence, and dedication of the men and women who have worked here through the years.

   The Walter Reed Health Care System provides comprehensive health care for more than 150,000 soldiers, other service members, family members and retirees in the National Capital Area. Its hub is Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the clinical center of gravity of American military medicine.   The System includes 10 major treatment facilities in three states: Dewitt Army Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va., operates major clinical sites at Fairfax and Woodbridge, Va.; as well as Rader Army Health Clinic at Fort Myer, Va.; and a clinic at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade, Md., operates Kirk Army Health Clinic at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Barquist Army Health Clinic at Fort Detrick, Md.; and Dunham Army Health Clinic at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. In addition, the system provides professional control, supervision and support for the DiLorenzo TRICARE Clinic at the Pentagon.

   The North Atlantic Regional Medical Command,  (NARMC) which covered 21 of the northeastern United States plus the District of Columbia.  NARMC is one of the Army's six regional medical commands in the United States.  It provides leadership, planning and support for approximately 40 Army hospitals and clinics, which provide day-to-day health care in its area.

MISSION: "We Provide Warrior Care" -- To provide every patient with the finest in personalized health care service through:

   The Walter Reed Health Care System  which provides comprehensive health care for more than 150,000 soldiers, other service members, family members and retirees in the National Capital Area. Its hub is Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the clinical center of gravity of American military medicine.   The System includes 10 major treatment facilities in three states, listing of facilities located in History section.

   The North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, (NARMC) which covered 21 of the northeaster United States plus the District of Columbia.  NARMC is one of the Army's six regional medical commands and is responsible for about 25 percent of its patient loan in the United States.  It provides leadership, planning and support for approximately 40 Army hospitals and clinics, which provide day-to-day health care in its area. (Refer to BRAC information below for a comprehensive list of WRAMC's major Unit listings.

VISION:  "A culture of excellence in quality care, research, training, readiness, safety, service, partnership and Tri-service collaboration founded on the example of MAJ Walter Reed."