Installation Info: Zip Code: 92134, Area Code: 619, DSN: 522
San Diego Naval Medical Hospital is known as "The Pride of Navy Medicine." From its rocky beginning in 1914, the medical center has grown into what the Navy says is now "one of the largest and most technologically advanced military health care complexes in the world." The first medical activity appeared in 1914 when a field hospital was set up to support Marines stationed on North Island. An official medical facility was established in 1917 on the old Pan-American Exposition grounds. In 1919 it was renamed U.S. Naval Hospital San Diego. The new facility was called the "Pink Palace," and saw its share of activity spanning WWII and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. In 1988, the Pink Palace was demolished and a new facility was built that still serves almost 4,000 patients a day.
A leader in the medical field, the hospital complex covers 79 acres and offers the finest medical care available. A hospital, School of Health Sciences and a Drug Screening Lab comprise the medical center, which also is a major teaching hospital. The medical center also operates several clinics throughout the military housing communities.
The San Diego area boasts many recreational activities for the entire family. Popular attractions include Bleb Park, which houses most museums, performing arts and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Sea World of San Diego is also nearby. A tour of the Surface Navy Museum in PAO Center is a learning experience for the whole family. Outdoor recreational available within the base complex include golf, swimming, tennis, camping and fishing. Within driving distance from the base is Qualcomm Stadium, home to the baseball Padres and NFL football team, the Chargers.