Walter Reed Closure Looms
The planned closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center will take another step forward in the next two weeks as Bethesda naval hospital's multimillion-dollar expansion begins, consolidating medical operations in the area and moving much of the care of wounded soldiers to Maryland, The Post's Miranda S. Spivack reports today.
The facility, which Pentagon officials said will be "the crown jewel" of military medicine, will replace the Walter Reed facility that was the subject of a Post examination in February 2007 into widespread neglect of soldiers at the venerable institution.
The 114-year-old Walter Reed facility had also been referred to as military medicine's "crown jewel," before a public outcry over the Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning series led to the firing of Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey, the creation of a presidential commission that recommended numerous changes and a subsequent overhaul of the military's medical system.
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