Naval Hospital improves facilities, enhances patient care

19 Mar 2014 | Lance Cpl. Mark Watola

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is undergoing construction and renovations to improve facilities and enhance the quality of patient care aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

The $58 million project is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2015 to keep up with an increasing number of patients, advancements in medicine and technology.

“The hospital renovations and new construction have given the hospital a more modern look, which includes new state-of-the-art medical equipment,” said Raymond Applewhite, public affairs officer for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. “The expansion of the brick and mortar facility provides room for the staff to spread out as we continue to enroll more patients.”

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune’s current facility opened its doors to service members, family members and retirees in 1983. At its inception, the hospital served a population of 95,000, said Patrick Alford, special assistant for growth and development. Now, the hospital serves 146,000 people, creating the need for a larger facility.

The recent expansions include the emergency department and outpatient department wings, said Alford. The addition will house a pediatric clinic, dermatology clinic and sleep laboratory. Recently finished renovations include the chapel, case and information management spaces and the lobby, added Alford.

The pharmacy is currently under renovation. A temporary pharmacy, located next to the outpatient clinic, is open to accommodate patients during renovations, said Alford. Upon completion, approximately 170,000 square feet of the hospital will have been renovated, added Alford.

“It is an honor and privilege for us at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune to take care of America’s sons and daughters who volunteer to serve in the world’s greatest military, as well as their family members along with retirees,” said Applewhite.


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