EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes at the New Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Part 1

A peek behind the curtain, as it were, of the technological marvel that is the new hospital

Since Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) was announced several years ago, the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital has been the centerpiece of the construction effort at Fort Belvoir.

At an estimated cost of $1.03 billion the hospital is separated into five pavilions (named River, Eagle, Oaks, Sunrise and Meadow) and two parking garages.* The complex can only be described as state-of-the-art, and it is filled with evidence-based design features that must be seen to be appreciated. The project has attracted interest from engineers and architects from across the globe.

The hospital is on schedule to open on August 10. Until now, the only way for the general public to get a look at the progress of the inside of the hospital was the occasional photo from the hospital’s Flickr stream.

But Patch was the first outside media organization given access to the interior of the hospital and over the course of the next week will provide its readers with unique access to the structure.

The series begins today with Dr. Rick Repeta, Director of the Office of Integration and Transition, discussing how the hospital’s form is meant to be functional.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the River and Eagle Pavilions.

*Correction - The cost of the hospital was originally listed at $1.3 billion. It is now correctly listed at $1.03.

FirstTime Mom May 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM
I see it is named Fort Belvoir COMMUNITY Hospital, But I am correct in guessing that is really just for the Military and their families? Not that there is anything wrong with that, but if that is the case, I would think that calling it Fort Belvoir Community Hospital would have alot of people thinking it is for the general public.
Lee May 13, 2011 at 05:46 PM
No, because if you have lived her long enough you know that when people talked about Ft. Belvoir they are talking about Military & Family.
Heather May 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM
The designation of Community Hospital vs something like Medical Center has to do with size of facility in terms of inpatient beds and services available. While far larger than Dewitt, FBCH with 120 beds is smaller than our (meaning Army) big centers like Brooke and Womack, which are designated Medical Centers with 400 + inpatient beds and every medical service imaginable. FBCH will still have to share those services with National Naval Medical Center-Bethesda. Military Hospitals are primarily for military members and their dependents, although some such as Brooke in TX, offer limited services to the public (BAMC is one of San Antonio's major trauma centers). Military medicine takes care of its own....and with the amount of military beneficiaries in the surrounding 50 miles near Belvoir, this hospital is a much needed thing! I hope to be reassigned there in the future to work there!
Barbara Mabry June 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I live near Fort Belvoir, passing both gates every day. When will the Route 1 road construction begin? I wish I was military so I could facilate the hospital. The hosital is beautiful. Barbar


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