Change is on the horizon for the National Naval Medical Center campus. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations moved to establish the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda. In coming years, a larger, more robust medical facility will provide care for our patients. We invite you to visit this site often to find out the latest BRAC-related developments during the process.
Collaboration is a key to success during BRAC actions. One of our key goals is to ensure the lines of communication are open for those who visit our facilities, our staff members, and our neighbors in the community. In addition, as construction and renovations take place on our campus, our staff will strive to minimize any disruptions for our patients, employees, visitors, and those who live and travel through the area.
Project Overview and Statistics
The recommendation to establish the WRNMMC will result in the integration of NNMC and WRAMC into one consolidated location. The enhanced facility will be staffed by personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force. The existing Walter Reed main installation is mandated to close by 2011 according to the BRAC law.
Specific changes at the realigned Bethesda campus will likely include construction and renovation of approximately 1,800,000 square feet of clinical space to support BRAC-mandated actions. Additional alterations and construction of support facilities such as gymnasium improvements, lodging expansion, additional parking, and a dedicated Warrior Transition Brigade Barracks are also being planned and considered.
Approximately 2,200 additional medical and administrative personnel from the Army and Air Force will join the staff at WRNMMC to support the BRAC-mandated changes.
In addition to sustaining the overall health care delivery at WRNMMC, the additional staff will support the Army’s Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB). This Brigade was established to support and promote returning injured veterans and their families as they heal and return to the force or transition to civilian life. The WTB will compliment the existing Multi-Disciplinary Casualty Team for the Navy and the Family Liaison Officers for the Air Force which serve a similar function and are currently located on Bethesda’s campus.