Friday, June 6, 2008

I told you the Navy has brains!

This is a great article. This also comes from NGAUS, and it is about a new brain trauma center opening at one of our Naval sites. We are so amazing! Well, actually, they are so amazing! ;)

Ground Broken for Brain Trauma Center at Navy Hospital Site.

The first shovel of dirt was turned Thursday at the site of what will be the military’s premier institute for the study and care of psychological health and traumatic brain injuries. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was joined by other department officials, military leaders and several wounded service members to break ground for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Construction of the $70 million, 75,000-square-foot facility is being funded by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a nonprofit agency that raises funds to support military service members and families. Completion is planned for November 2009. The project mirrors the organization’s funding and construction last year of a physical rehabilitation facility, The Center for the Intrepid, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

The facility will serve as the clinical research and educational arm of the Defense Department Center of Excellence for psychological health and TBI. It is a collaborative network of military, private and public health care and educational organizations linked to discover and promote the best practices in the care and treatment of psychological health and TBI.

Gates said the need for such a facility has “never been more pressing or more important.”

More changes will be made at the Bethesda campus as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in nearby Washington, D.C., begins to close and relocate its services to the Navy hospital. That transition is to be completed by 2011 when the entire facility will be known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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