To the North of Barstow, Fort Irwin Unveils New $211 Million Hospital

As stated in an article in the Victorville Daily Press, September 21, 2017, a large crowd of approximately 500 people, including Barstow and other dignitaries, Army personnel and civilians, attended the grand opening of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin’s new $210.9 million Army hospital. The new facility replaces Weed Army Community Hospital, built in 1966. The new hospital is nearly 60 percent larger than the old Weed hospital, which will allow the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity to provide health care services in a centralized location to better serve the modern day soldier. That will promote resiliency and enhance Army readiness. “It is our mission to provide high quality, customer-focused health care to the soldiers, families and retirees in and around Fort Irwin and the National Training Center,” said Col. Martin Doperak, commander of the Weed Army Community Hospital. The new hospital is the only LEED Platinum, carbon neutral, net-zero certifiable hospital within the Department of Defense that will generate all of its energy needs from solar power and renewable energy systems.

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