The National Naval Medical Center is the premier and flagship medical center operated by the US Navy, as well as one of the largest and most renowned medical centers in the world. It is located in Bethesda, Maryland and is also commonly called the Bethesda Naval Hospital. As a Federal Medical Institution, it has served the presidents and national leaders of the United States of America for more than sixty-five years.
The National Naval Medical Center is staffed by 4,500 professional medical personnel and maintains its vision of being the Flagship of Force Health Protection and operational readiness.
The National Medical Center is expected to be merged with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center by 2011. The new institution will be named the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.