2,150 days. During the past six years, the AMEDD and the Army have undergone significant transformations. Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), provided us with opportunities to not only transform the environment in which we provide care and the experiences that our patients have, but to fundamentally change the way we work, the way we deliver healthcare, and the way we think about our business of caring for our beneficiaries.
More than 250,000 people (Soldiers and their Families) have been impacted by BRAC and our delivery of quality healthcare is critical to ensuring that our Soldiers are sustained, prepared, and reset.
We have sustained our missions of Wounded Warrior Care, Soldier Health and Medical Readiness, the Army Family Covenant, and Medical Research and Development while executing the largest BRAC program for the Army. The Army BRAC program was $18 billion, more than three times larger than the four previous BRAC rounds combined.
The investment across the spectrum of medical construction exceeded $4.2 billion in Army, Air Force, and Defense BRAC funding. Two hospitals- Fort Belvoir, the largest community hospital in DoD opened 31 August 2011, and the Fort Benning, which is partially funded by BRAC will be completed in 2013 as a "BRAC enabler." Three hospitals received additions/alterations to increase services and access to care. Thirteen new clinics at eight installations provide troop, Family, and dental care for increased populations.
Six medical research facilities, laboratories, and administrative facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, Forest Glen, Fort Sam Houston, and the Joint Medical Examiners facility at Dover AFB continue to expand our research and operations capabilities. A new home for the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Forest Glen held a soft opening on Sept. 15, and will celebrate a grand re-opening on the 150th anniversary on May 21, 2012, continuing to inspire interest in and promote the understanding of medicine- past, present, and future.
BRAC was also about closure. After 102 years of treating patients on Georgia Avenue, we closed the doors of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Walter Reed is world renown for the quality of its medical care and the name and the heritage lives on in the new Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, MD. Additionally, with the closure of Fort McPherson, Fort Monmouth, and Fort Monroe we closed our clinics.
The successful completion of numerous, complex actions-planning, design, construction, outfitting, transition, staff realignments, and moving of patients- did not happen in a vacuum. It is due to these efforts of many people. From the military treatment facility staffs to the regional command staffs to our HQ, MEDCOM/OTSG staff, the hours and dedication to achieve this milestone, I thank everyone involved in ensuring a successful BRAC for Army Medicine.
Army Medicine: Bringing Value...Inspiring Trust