Historical records indicate that around 19th century, the area that is currently occupied by The Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) was an isolated rural District of Colombia. In July 11, 1864 the Union troops made the site an Army flagship center. The center became the first hospital acted as a forerunner for general medical services with various medical expertise. Today, the facility is the hub of health care system that addresses all aspects of services ranging from also not only inpatient but also outpatient (Tepper, 2004).
Since its origin, The Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) has undergone significant changes. In 2005, the Department Of Defense proposed varied developments to the hospital (Vietnam, 2012). First, the integral group worked on the master plan to develop (WRAMC) into a sustainable and multi-use development project. Second, The (WRAMC) was selected for closure under Closure Law (BRAC), and Bas Redevelopment and it`s currently undergoing a complex process of relocating its clients, and developing its plan. Third, the integral group is currently working to renovate the existing physical facilities such as buildings, medical facilities, proposed new roadmaps and space for residential, retail and commercial use (Vietnam, 2012)
In summary, the above redevelopment of the (WRAMC) has provided both positive and negative impacts on the organization efficacy. The existing conditions, proposed strategies and current utility protocols provided by the facility have been able to integrate the society with the aim of providing sustainable development. The proposed decentralization approach of the existing buildings is expected to provide efficiency in the provision of medical services. However, these proposed changes exert a greater burden to the administration as they require relatively billion of US dollars in order to be accomplished (Blum & Fee, 2008).
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