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'Change Is Hard': Army, Navy Hospitals Merge (NPR mentions FR)
NPR ^ | 9/2/11 | Joseph Shapiro

Posted on 09/02/2011 12:26:04 PM PDT by Drango

September 2, 2011

There's a lot of good sense behind closing two famous and nearby military hospitals and merging them into the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. But just looking at the name reveals both what's good about this merger and what makes it so tricky.

Walter Reed was a famous Army doctor, and for more than a century his name was on the Army's iconic hospital in Washington, D.C. Now that hospital is shutting its doors, and Reed's name will go onto the new hospital built on the Navy's flagship medical campus in Bethesda, Md., 6 miles away.

It's a bit like merging the Yankees and the Red Sox and then making them play in "Derek Jeter Fenway Park." Yankees fans and Red Sox Nation would never go for it — but it might make a great baseball team.

That's the sort of potential behind the new, jointly operated Army and Navy hospital. With bright new buildings and the latest technology, the new hospital promises better care to service members, veterans and injured troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But the Army and Navy each have their own proud traditions. So bridging those separate, and often competing, cultures will be the key to truly offering better medical care.

A 'World-Class Standard' Of Care?

The possibilities of the merger are clear when Cmdr. Blair Miles gives a tour of one of the spacious new operating suits. The scanners and computers are attached to long booms that extend down from the ceiling.

"This is going to be the neuro room," Miles says. "It's a hybrid room, and it's a biplane room, so that's why you see the two C-arms." That's a lot of jargon for the new equipment here. The point is: This operating room has all of the latest technology.

~SNIP (go to the link


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bestfreepers; enemedia; fr; freeperrewards; freepersarebest; freerepublic; frrocks; frrules; frwillsaveamerica; godblessfr; godblessfreerepublic; hospitalmerger; ilovefr; ilovefreerepublic; npr; nprsucks; patfreepersonback; rewardfreepers; vivafr; walterreed
NPR is still socialist pigs but kudos for having a photo of FReepers
1 posted on 09/02/2011 12:26:09 PM PDT by Drango
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To: Drango

Supporters from the D.C chapter of Free Republic send off the final patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Saturday.

2 posted on 09/02/2011 12:27:22 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: kburi

Good job DC chapter. And thank you to all the military men and women who serve.


3 posted on 09/02/2011 12:58:15 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: Drango

Simple: The Navy posthumously commissions Reed as an O-12 and names the place “Admiral Walter Reed Hospital;” everybody’s happy. ;^)


4 posted on 09/02/2011 12:58:50 PM PDT by Grut
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To: Grut

Whoops, O-10.


5 posted on 09/02/2011 1:00:11 PM PDT by Grut
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To: Drango

Thank you FReepers for being there for me.


6 posted on 09/02/2011 1:05:04 PM PDT by Dacula (When life gives you lemons, make apple juice and have people wonder how the hell you did it.)
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To: Drango

WTG DC Freepers!


7 posted on 09/02/2011 1:05:41 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I'm done with political parties. The GOP is useless. Anarchy is perferable to this CRAP!)
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To: All

Thanks again to the DC chapter!


8 posted on 09/02/2011 1:37:24 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: Drango

I bet that NPR photographer was terrified that those FR ‘terrorists’ were going to beat her up or shoot her.


9 posted on 09/02/2011 1:47:01 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Drango

Why do they need the word “national”? Isn’t that a given?


10 posted on 09/02/2011 1:48:19 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Drango

You is good people, DC FReepers! God Bless all of you, and all who stood at Walter Reed these past years in support of our military.


11 posted on 09/02/2011 2:06:36 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of American Decline)
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To: Drango
As a former medic I can say that this and other reforms are long over due. the military is so vital and so wasteful. Ask anyone returning from the various combat opps areas about how much is wasted and you hear an earful. The leaders want the folks to have what they need, but to say that nobody is paying attention to details is an understatement. I hear an earful from young sargents and CPO's that come back after being deployed.

Ask anyone about year end spending to "insure we don't lose our budget" Ask anyone about the great hospitals like Brook ARmy and you know what is possible, but it is not possible to do that two or three times in an area the size of Bethesda/Dc. /it is not a rant it is a wish for change a

12 posted on 09/02/2011 2:40:20 PM PDT by q_an_a (uues)
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To: Drango

Are they merging the “Embrace the Sodomy” training as well. I’ve heard the Navy’s program is much more enthusiastic than that of the Army or Marine Corps.


13 posted on 09/02/2011 3:21:41 PM PDT by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: Drango

This is great that FR is seen there, because I am afraid Zero is paying lip service to Veterans’ preferences when it comes to getting jobs or benefits as future government workers. Right now his staffing for green peace jobs and his non attendance at the VFW is a glaring threat record of that.

VEterans need to be aware that they are threatened by this cult of Zero and that others show their support on the other hand, and not just some Zero “thank you” note while attacking them on the flank.


14 posted on 09/02/2011 3:55:08 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: trooprally

Ping!


15 posted on 09/02/2011 4:21:23 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Downgrade POTUS)
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To: Drango
It's a bit like merging the Yankees and the Red Sox and then making them play in "Derek Jeter Fenway Park."

They're military doctors and professionals. Something tells me NPR's analogy is full of Obama.

16 posted on 09/02/2011 4:22:00 PM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: Drango; 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndhandrose; 2SterlingConservatives; ...

Drango - Thanks for finding and posting. We were wondering how NPR would handle us being there. Apparently from their story, FR fared better than their accounting of how the Army and Navy will get along.

DC CHAPTER MASTER PING LIST -
NPR mentions DC Chapter.

DC Chapter members pictured are PrezUSA222, VictoryNY and [Mrs] Trooprally at the gate talking to the Garrison Commander.

[Mr] T


17 posted on 09/02/2011 5:27:33 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: OwenKellogg

Thanks for the ping. DC Chapter has been pinged.


18 posted on 09/02/2011 5:28:37 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Drango; Dacula; Fledermaus; newzjunkey; CitizenM; kristinn; kburi
You are welcome from the DC Chapter. It was our pleasure to represent all the FR patriots. All of us there that morning agreed that sending off our wounded warriors was well worth it. It ranks is the top 3 of memorable Walter Reed FReeps.

Kburi's AAR for that morning. We occupied all 4 corners.

Kristinn's post from the Army News Service

[Mr] T

19 posted on 09/02/2011 5:39:15 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally
...the new hospital promises better care to service members, veterans and injured troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Seems to me that this is all that really matters.

20 posted on 09/02/2011 5:55:04 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The GOP elites have already decided for you. Now, eat your peas.)
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To: EternalVigilance
Walter Reed is an excellent facility. We have never meet one wounded soldier complain about the treatment they were receiving. They praised it. Only complaint was how long it took to have their discharge paper work processed. And that was years ago when there was a lot of wounded at one time. The administration department was the problem, not Walter Reed's medical department.

Besides, it is hard to get money for a base when it is to be closed. Yet the Army built a physical therapy addition that Bethesda sent their wounded Marines to.

That "expose" about the mold - blow way out of proportion by WaPo. As mentioned, WR was swamped by the sudden influx of wounded. They were in the process of rehabing the OFF BASE hotel where the mold was. The room in question was not to be occupied. But a wounded soldier wanted a room by himself and took that room.

This is not 3rd party scuttlebutt. I have personal knowledge of this from our wounded warriors, in particular from the sergeant in charge of the hotel. Spent a night with him and others playing Texas Hold 'em inside Walter Reed. They even held a press conference to report the truth. Some press showed up but nothing reported by the media slims.

[Mr] T

21 posted on 09/02/2011 6:12:42 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally

Thanks so much for all that your group did!


22 posted on 09/02/2011 6:18:00 PM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: icwhatudo

You are welcome. Some long cold nights were tough, but when we got home, there was a certain satisfaction that it really does help our wounded warriors. And kudos as yours helped.

[Mr T


23 posted on 09/02/2011 6:20:35 PM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Drango
It's a bit like merging the Yankees and the Red Sox and then making them play in "Derek Jeter Fenway Park."

It's nothing like that. This inter branch rivalry has been invented by Hollywood. Air Force pilots are commonly assigned to the Navy for carrier training. And Navy personnel go to medical specialist in other branches hospitals all the time. If they build an "Arny" hospital on a Navy base, it will be staffed with doctors, medics, and "corpse men" and no one will really care.

24 posted on 09/02/2011 7:06:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Drango
So, there it is, right NPR?

We have $4.2 Billion to give away to Illegals in tax refunds they cannot receive via law, but we have no money for military hospitals for our nation's heroes.

This nation should hang its head in shame.

The next time I see a car with an Obama bumper sticker on it, I will spit on the pavement.

25 posted on 09/02/2011 7:08:31 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Drango

God bless the Freepers who were there.


26 posted on 09/02/2011 8:37:01 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: SkyPilot

WHAT are you reading? This new facility is probably the best equipped medical facility in the country, and it was started long before Obama even ran for POTUS. The old Walter Reed was closed under the BRAC, and merged with the old Bethesda Naval Medical Center.

This story is just about how the merger works with the two branches bringing together their traditions into one facility. Which in itself is silly. In the OR and on the floor, they are all medical professionals who want the best for their patients.


27 posted on 09/02/2011 8:50:27 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: Drango; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland PING!


28 posted on 09/02/2011 9:25:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: trooprally

thanks for the ping to this thread(would have missed it otherwise)

strange mixture of emotions for you all who have been the warriors each Friday.


29 posted on 09/02/2011 11:47:22 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Drango

Thanks Drango. I appreciate being made aware of that.

Kudos to the D.C. chapter for being there. I appreciate that very much too.


30 posted on 09/03/2011 1:40:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain 5 yrs Left/1 year right "BAD!" - Republicans 3 yrs Right 1 year Left to elect RINOs. "Good?")
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To: DollyCali

Yep, I would have also missed it but OwenKellogg pinged me. For a few days after we looked to see what the media wrote but did not see anything. Sure glad that others found articles.

It was strange to not be at Walter Reed last night. Felt like it was a Saturday.

[Mr] T


31 posted on 09/03/2011 1:46:46 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: MSF BU

Aaand... another Freeper with the six degrees of seperation from everything to homosexuality.


32 posted on 09/03/2011 3:44:12 AM PDT by chargers fan
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To: hattend

Professionals that they may be inter service rivalry wouldn’t surprise me in the least. As an example I offer the anger the services show when another one gets into their “territory” (i.e. the Army doing upper air stuff or the Air Force doing ground stuff).


33 posted on 09/03/2011 3:47:30 AM PDT by chargers fan
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To: EternalVigilance

I had occasion to visit Walter Reed in the 90s. It is not located in the best area if you must use public transportation to get to it. The condition of the street in the Freeper pic on this post is evidence that is still the case.

When I was there the hospital—understanding I was there for only about three hours—did not seem too dependent or retiree friendly. One poor women, whose husband was awaiting a colonoscopy, had to come out into the waiting room and plead for help. Her husband had an accident on the way to the bathroom. There was no one present to help her. A receptionist gave her a bucket, mop and some rags.

This disregard for basic privacy was always present in my 28-years (20 Active Duty) experience with US Army hospitals and health centers.

As for the merging of redundant services—who would oppose that? I don’t see any need for Army, Navy or Air Force facilities. They are military facilities.

As far as waste, fraud and abuse are concerned there is still far too much of it. The Army was fairly diligent about prosecuting individuals. But, it seemed to me, there was only marginal interest in going after companies and their executives when it came to big ticket contracts. This was not entirely the fault of the military. Every military contract ultimately has its roots in a state that is represented by House and Senate politicians. They do not want anybody messing around with that arrangement. Why? It is how politicians with no personal wealth before public office are rich when they leave it.

But the politicians love to trot out the iconic $400 toilet seat or hammer when they want to beat up the military for wasteful spending. At its best this disingenuousness. There is a perfectly logical explanation for expensive toilet seats and hammers.

When the military buys a weapon system—be it something that shoots, scoots or communicates—it intends the system to be in the inventory for decades. The system must be maintained over this extended time frame. This means the end item (howitzers, trucks and radios get destroyed or wear out over time) and spare parts must be available. The expense of maintaining the manufacturing pipeline is paid for by the expensive toilet seat or hammer.

So the next time you hear a politician bring up the “expensive” toilet seat you’ll know your about to be fed a poop sandwich. The object is to distract you from the real government contracting fraud that is necessary to enrich the politician while in office.


34 posted on 09/03/2011 5:51:51 AM PDT by dools0007world
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To: chargers fan

O just know what I have seen and see. Thanks to Dick Danzig the Navy has become a model of political correctness. I believe ‘homosexuality is incompatible with military service’ as the line that RR’s EO stated so succintly.


35 posted on 09/03/2011 7:56:38 AM PDT by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: trooprally

thanks for the ping


36 posted on 09/03/2011 9:12:19 AM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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To: trooprally

Serious institutional clash forthcoming:

Will it be “Corpsman Up!!!”?

Or “Medic!!!”?


37 posted on 09/03/2011 10:29:43 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: MSF BU

speaking of which, I was told that the military is now selling homosexual magazines on base, now please anyone tell me this is not for real.


39 posted on 09/03/2011 6:30:57 PM PDT by manc (Hannity is a fraud , he admitted he's socially liberal on his show, marriage=1man with 1woman)
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To: sinanju

Senior Navy medical leadership has been very weak for some time, the Army rolled them. It has been Bethesda Naval Hospital for decades, that now just goes away as if it never existed.


40 posted on 09/03/2011 8:14:55 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: sinanju

I am sure there will be conflicts. Even when merging two similar parts this large there are problems, I can imaging top brass from different services trying to be top dog.

[Mr] T


41 posted on 09/04/2011 4:04:37 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: manc

I hope not, but if they are, rest assured that the Navy and Coast Guard will lead the way on sodomy oriented periodicals: flame away folks.


42 posted on 09/04/2011 6:51:51 AM PDT by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: q_an_a

I agree with you 100% as regards waste. I’d looks at the daycare centers, the military policty regarding housing and pregnant service members as direct policies that waste money. We have privates showing up having just recently married a gal with three kids...Bingo!: he’s out of the barracks and we are on the hook for medical & housing for a new family of five. We have an HIV positive member and now he’s retained instead of being discharged. The waste is abominable, I agree. Oh for the days when soldiers had to ask permission to get married.


43 posted on 09/04/2011 6:56:43 AM PDT by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: Jim Robinson; Bikkuri; ColdOne; wintertime; Fred Nerks; null and void; PhilDragoo; Candor7; ...


NPR is still socialist pigs but kudos for having a photo of FReepers
44 posted on 09/04/2011 11:13:02 AM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: trooprally

My biggest complaint about Walter Reed were that they did not mesh well with the Tricare appiontment system, so every appointment I made through Tricare for Walter Reed... was not in their system. I eventually had to give up and go to Bethesda (which does have better service).

And the other complaint was it’s location. The medical facility at Andrews is the easiest of the (formerly) three medical facilities in the Washington area. Bethesda’s not as easy, but Walter Reed... geez, there was no good way to get to it from anywhere outside of Washington, D.C. itself.


45 posted on 09/05/2011 2:36:06 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: sinanju

It’ll be:

Medic! Get your @ss on deck!


46 posted on 09/05/2011 2:41:30 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla

Understood that the administration department at Walter Reed was screwed up, but as far as treatment for our wounded warriors, treatment was excellent.

If you think access to Walter Reed was hard, Bethesda will be worst. They already have parking problems on base and the local roads are insufficient to handle the extra traffic. At least at WR one can park on the residential side streets.

I highly recommend taking Metro to Bethesda if you go there. I believe there is an internal shuttle bus but it could be only during construction.

[Mr] T


47 posted on 09/05/2011 3:53:13 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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