ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Construction officially began on the new Naval Health Clinic Annapolis, April 18th, with a ground-breaking ceremony just outside the Naval Support Activity.
Vice Adm. Mike Miller, Naval Academy superintendent, attended the ceremony and delivered the keynote remarks. The Navy's Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Forrest Faison, and Naval Health Clinic Annapolis Commanding Officer, Capt. Sheherazad Hartzell, also delivered remarks at the ceremony.
"I think about the vision of this place, what will stand here, the number of folks that are Midshipmen, active duty, their dependents, our retirees and the great quality of care that has been afforded by Capt. Hartzell and her team here," said Miller. "This tradition of excellence that is what the Naval Academy is known for."
The 101,000 square foot clinic will replace the current clinic, which is located on "Hospital Point" on the grounds of the Naval Academy. The new facility will be across the Severn River at the Naval Support Activity, next the Navy Exchange and Commissary. It is scheduled to welcome its first patient in February 2016.
"The new clinic will continue to provide the outstanding healthcare services that military members and their families rely on," said Hartzell.
The clinic's capabilities will remain the same as they currently are with services available in primary care, orthopedics, dental, physical therapy, pharmacy, optometry, mental health and other ancillary services. The new facility will be "green" and meet the LEED silver certification and the energy conservation guidelines of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The clinic's design includes clinical spaces specifically designed to support patient-centered medical home port teams and space for visiting specialty providers.
The current clinic was constructed as a hospital in 1907. While providing world-class care to Midshipmen, USNA staff, families and retirees, the current building design and parking limitations no longer meet integrated health care facility requirements.
Turner Construction Co., of Washington, D.C., was awarded the contract for the building of the new clinic.
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