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Camp Pendleton’s $456M Hospital Officially Opens Friday

Video by Katie Schoolov

Medical care for Marines and their families is getting a first-class upgrade at Camp Pendleton. Base officials offered a preview of their new four-story naval hospital today. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg tells us it’s not your grandfather’s military hospital.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled Friday afternoon for the $456 million hospital at Camp Pendleton.

The four-story Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton began operations last month, following three years of construction adjacent Interstate 5.

The 500,000-square-foot facility replaced a much smaller medical center. It was the largest Navy project funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and designed to accommodate wounded warriors and the families of Marines and sailors stationed at Pendleton.

The guest speakers for the 1 p.m. ceremony included Mike McCord, principal deputy under secretary of defense; Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs; Lt. Gen. John Toolan, the commander of the I Marine Expeditionary Force; and Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison, deputy surgeon general of the Navy.

They were joined by military and civilian personnel involved with the project.

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