In March, 2008, the Secretary of Defense directed remaining medical installations managed through the Defense Health Program be transferred to the respective Service Shore Installation Enterprise. To this end, in August of 2009 Naval Support Activity Bethesda was stood up as the host on the campus of the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda.
In the fall of 2011, due to a Congressional mandate, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will be integrated into NNMC, renaming the hospital Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda and the hospital will be a tri-service facility.
Naval Support Activity Bethesda now exists as a multifunctional organization dedicated to providing responsive, high quality base operational support to enable tenants, to pursue and accomplish their mission of excellence in patient care, medical research and education. NSA Bethesda is also a responsive civic partner that builds and nurtures effective relationships with the local community.
The National Naval Medical Center, the Flagship of Navy Medicine has been one of the nation's largest and world renowned military medical centers for the past 70 years that has provided world-class, state-of-the-art patient and family centered health care to our nation's presidents, leaders, war heroes and their beneficiaries.
In the fall of 2011, after the Congressionally mandated integration of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, NNMC will be renamed Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda and will be comprised of nearly 6500 professionals working together daily to provide the best warrior care, maximize readiness and promote wellness for our Uniformed Services.
In addition, NNMC develops and exports innovation through research in healthcare while providing a robust education coupled with professional development programs. NNMC is also a resource for homeland defense and humanitarian assistance.
Functionally integrated with our Air Force and Army medical counterparts, NNMC is a military team of care providers moving toward a new horizon in health care – one that offers synergy and revolutionary collaboration.