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In cost-cutting move, storied Walter Reed Army hospital in Washington to close after 102 years
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The storied Walter Reed Army Medical Center is closing its doors after providing care to privates and presidents for more than a century.
Patients and staff will say goodbye to the facility in the nation's capital at a ceremony Wednesday. It will be turned over to the State Department and District of Columbia in September.
A government commission voted in 2005 to close the hospital as part of a cost-cutting move. Its operations will shift to the Navy hospital in Bethesda and Fort Belvoir, Va.
Only a few years ago the hospital was embroiled in in a scandal over shoddy out-patient living conditions. But it led to improved care for the wounded.
Hundreds of thousands of the war wounded since World War I have received treatment at Walter Reed.