The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is the country's leading military hospital, as well as the world's largest, receiving the most injured troops from the front lines. Up until 2011, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, also known as Walter Reed General Hospital (WRGH), was the United States Army’s home base medical hospital beginning from the early 20th century. Major Walter Reed (1851–1902), an Army surgeon who headed the team that proved that yellow fever is spread by mosquitos rather than direct touch, was honored by naming the medical center after him.
Before Walter Reeds Clinic came the third oldest United States Army facility named Fort Lesley J. McNair located in the District Of Columbia established by George Washington. Fort McNair has a long history as the military department's intellectual center and also the precursor to today's Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). Fort McNair has unrivaled views of the scenic waterfront and the opposite Virginia shoreline, and it overlooks the mansions of senior officials who chose the renowned hospital for their health care needs.
The medical clinic has been utilized as an Army General Hospital since the 1890s when doctors, corpsmen, and nurses were trained in military medical services. Over time, the need for a larger facility was discussed and in 1911, Fort McNair was left behind and the organization moved to its larger building, today known as Walter Reed General Hospital. During the construction of WRGH, the government allocated $192,000 of funds to create the new structure which started serving military members in 1909.
The hospital continues to uphold its standards by providing outstanding care to its members of the military and their families. The hospital has previously provided its medical services to prior presidents, vice presidents, members of the Supreme Court, and Congress over the decades, and in times of need, services have been given to foreign military troops and officials from US embassies around the world.
Learn more about military medical care: