2. The medical center, also known as Walter Reed Bethesda, sits on 243 acres and includes 100 clinics and specialties. It has about 7,000 staff members. It began as Walter Reed General Hospital in 1909, according to an article about its history.
3. Also known as the President’s Hospital, Walter Reed provides care for members of the military and their families, the president, vice president, members of Congress and Supreme Court justices. When authorized, the medical center also provides care for foreign military members and embassy personnel.
4. Walter Reed is located outside Washington, D.C., on Rockville Pike in Bethesda, Maryland, just under 9 miles from the heart of the nation’s capital. The center includes a suite of offices for the president, which is equipped to allow him to work from there. The suite, operated by the White House, includes a secure conference room in addition to medical facilities, according to NBC4 Washington.
5. Its namesake is Major Walter Reed, who became known as a researcher who helped prove that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitos. Yellow fever, caused by a virus, was a source of deadly epidemics, and Reed called for mosquito control programs in areas where yellow fever had been a problem, according to a PBS News Hour article. He died in 1902 at the age of 51 of complications following an apendectomy.