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One Hundred Years of Care

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2009 – Walter Reed Army Medical Center opened its doors here 100 years ago today as an 80-bed facility at a time of U.S. peace.

“There was no ceremony, no dedication and no fanfare,” Walter Reed historian Sherman Fleek said. “Medical treatment and care commenced quietly.” Not long after, the hospital swelled with World War I casualties suffering from head injuries, amputations, mustard gas exposure and other injuries. The Army’s “Home of Warrior Care” expanded to as many as 2,500 beds as veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam returned home wounded.


'Borden's Dream' Leads to
Walter Reed Innovation Century Ago

By Sherman Fleek

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 1, 2009) -- As the 20th century dawned, the medical community, especially in the United States, was in the midst of a dynamic revolution of research and professional education.

Though other medical institutions may have pioneered the teaching hospital concept, the Army developed a more advanced vision of medical treatment, education and research by the early 1900s with the "medical center" concept.


Roy Rogers and Dale Evans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Easter Service, April 1956.
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Oprah Winfrey visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center, January 2009.
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