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VIDEO: Wounded Warriors Transported to Bethesda as Military Hospitals Merge

The final 18 inpatients were transferred from Walter Reed to NavyMed Saturday morning.

In advance of the impending Hurricane Irene, the final 18 inpatients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center were transferred to Bethesda's National Naval Medical Center Saturday morning. The transfer marks the ongoing merger of the Walter Reed with NavyMed, which will soon be known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The merger is part of the federally-mandated Base Realignment and Closure process, which will bring 2,500 new employees to Bethesda and nearly double the amount of yearly visitors to one million.

The new facility will officially open Sept. 15, culminating six years of planning, The Gazette reports. The transfer of nearly 150 inpatients to Bethesda has been carefully chorepgraphed for about 18 months, according to The Gazette.

The hospital itself boasts to treat wounded warriors.

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