Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chief of Staff for Integration & Transition

In this week’s article, I’d like to discuss the BRAC Transition Timeline and highlight some of the key milestones that are on the horizon. Tracking over 100 events, the BRAC Transition Timeline is a great resource for anyone interested in what’s going on in regards to BRAC. A link to the BRAC Transition Timeline is available on the BRAC, Integration, and Transition intranet page (https://nnmcintra/SiteDirectory /MCI/default.aspx). Here are some of the key milestones that are on the horizon.


In May, June and July of 2011, staff members at WRAMC (Walter Reed Army Medical Center) and MGMC (Malcolm Grow Medical Center 79th Medical Wing) relocating to the Bethesda campus (approximately 3,000) will undergo a Transitional Orientation Program to facilitate the adjustment to their new workspace. The Transitional Orientation Program consists of the following:

-Transitional Orientation Sessions (17 May - 28 June)

-Workspace Orientation including tours and Equipment Training (June - July)

-”Day in the Life” Exercises (12 and 26 July)

Gates and Parking

In August 2011, construction on Gate 1 (north gate onto Wisconsin Avenue) will be completed. Gate 1 will provide four lanes of travel, pedestrian access, dedicated bicycle lanes and a Pass & ID office with a small associated parking lot.

In July of 2011, construction on Gate 2 (south gate onto Wisconsin Avenue) and, in August 2011, the new Multi Use Parking Structure (MUPS) will be completed. Gate 2 will provide three lanes of travel, pedestrian access, and dedicated bicycle lanes while the MUPS will add approximately 1,200 parking spaces on 10 levels.

Building 17 and 62

In August, transition into the Administrative Support Complex (Building 17) and Wounded Warrior Barracks (Building 62) will begin. Building 62 will contain 153 suites for wounded warriors and/or their non-medical attendant.

The suites will contain a full kitchen and laundry area, individual bathrooms, and a common living room and dining area. Building 17 will provide 145,000 sq. ft. of administrative space, a 70,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center including a pool, track, and racquet ball courts, and an additional 573 parking spaces.

WRAMC Relocation

Over the course of August 2011, WRAMC Personnel, and selected reuse equipment, will make the journey to the Bethesda campus. Leadership and healthcare relocation specialists are currently finalizing the move sequence plan. The majority of WRAMC personnel and inpatients transitioning to the NNMC campus will take place in August. On September 29, NNMC will have a renaming ceremony and become known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda.


In July 2011, Infectious Diseases Clinic will relocate to the first floor of Building 7. Neurosurgery, Pulmonary and Nephrology will relocate to the first floor of Building 9. Plastic Surgery will relocate to the second floor of Building 9. Hospital Dentistry / Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will expand in place and Women’s Health Clinic will expand to include the old Cardiology clinical area.

In August 2011, Pain Clinic, Regional Pain, Stone Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, APU Pre-Screen and Pediatric Sedation will relocate to the third floor of Building 9, and Vision Center of Excellence, Optometry, and Ophthalmology will expand in place and in to the old Stitt Library area.

In October and November of 2011, SEAT, GME, Out-patient Records, Biomed Repair, and Audiovisual Support will transition into the newly renovated Buildings 3 and 5, and the In-Vitro Fertilization Clinic, a portion of Dietary Services, and Stem Cell Lab will transition on to the second floor of Building 10.

With so much happening over the next few months, I ask all staff to please seek out information about what is to come. Get involved in assisting your respective workspace and prepare for and execute their move. Share the excitement with your fellow staff and visitors. Welcome and assist our Army and Air Force active duty and civilian partners, who will be working here alongside you, and remember, above all else, safe quality patient and family centered care comes first.

Please address any correspondence to NNMCDCIT

Chief of Staff for Integration and Transition sends