Located within the grounds of Balboa Park in San Diego, the U.S. Navy’s largest West Coast hospital has played a role in the city’s history for more than 100 years. Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego focuses on three critical mission priorities: warfighter readiness, medical force generation, and supporting the delivery of high quality health care at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command San Diego is comprised predominantly of military members that support Naval Medical Center San Diego. The command supports overall Navy and Marine Corps readiness by training military command members to ensure they are ready to deploy and provide medical support to various operational Navy and Marine units deployed, ashore or at sea.
As the United States entered World War I, San Diegans offered the nearly empty Balboa Park after the 1915 Panama–California Exposition to be used by various branches of the U.S. military for barracks and training purposes. During this time, a hospital tent was set up at the present location of the San Diego Natural History Museum. In September 1919, city leaders set aside a 17-acre parcel at Inspiration Point in Balboa Park for use in constructing a permanent Naval hospital.
During World War II, due to large numbers of casualties coming from the Pacific Theater of Operations, the hospital expanded to include most of the buildings in present-day Balboa Park.
During the Vietnam War-era, the complex was the largest military hospital in the world and since then the hospital has established itself as a leader in the field of medicine. That reputation for excellence continues today as the staff propels Naval Medical Center San Diego and the staff from NMRTC San Diego who support it into the 21st century.
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