Posted on 29/08/2017

CLOSED – Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC)

I get this all the time, ‘Walter Reed is closed?’ Or ‘I thought Walter Reed closed.’

Yes, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) on Georgia Avenue NW Washington in the District of Columbia, closed back in September 2011. 

Last October, the District of Columbia acquired 66 acres of the 110 acre campus. Here’s the website on updates on the development plans and progress.

Under the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission, Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed. Operations went to both Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia and the former National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Walter Reed’s name moved to Bethesda, Maryland. It is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). I call it Walter Reed – Bethesda (WR-B) for short. 

It would have made sense to convert the old hospital into a ‘Premier Rehabilitation Center‘ so from ‘cradle to grave’ one would be able to treat and rehabilitate wound warriors, retirees and dependents both acute and subacute. 

That’s just me talking out loud. But if someone on the private side would like to make it happen, I think it would make a huge difference. It could be a private-government partnership for the rehabilitation of the wounded warrior and their family. 

Just a thought…