Walter Reed NMMC FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 20889, Area Code: 301, DSN: 295

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has moved from the location in DC into the former National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The Walter Reed NMMC is recognized worldwide for its patient care, medical education and innovation in health-care services. "The National Navy Medical Center for many years was the flagship for medical readiness." Major tenants at NNMC include: Naval Medical Information Management Center; Armed Forces Radiobiological Research Institute; National Naval Dental Center; Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command; Naval Medical Research and Development Command; Naval School of Health Sciences.

Walter Reed NMMC has moved from the DC location to the former NNMC which had been in that location just north of Washington, D.C., since 1942. The Naval medical center, however, can trace its beginnings to a small naval medical facility established in 1812 near the old Washington Navy Yard. The facility occupied different sites within Washington until 1938 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt selected the Bethesda location. The Center opened on Feb. 5, 1942. Major expansions have resulted in one of the largest medical facilities in the U.S., covering 880,000 square feet of usable space. In 1989, the facility was renamed the National Naval Medical Center.

Bethesda schools are part of the Montgomery County school system, recognized as one of the best in the nation. Excellent private schools for all ages are also in the area. Facility amenities are limited but do consist of a small number of family housing units, temporary lodging, and a large childcare center. Commissaries, exchanges and recreation programs may be found at many other military installations in the Washington, D.C., area.