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Ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Fri., Jan. 31 for new $456 million Naval Hospital on Camp Pendleton


Monday, January 27th, 2014
Issue 05, Volume 18.
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CAMP PENDLETON - A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 500,000 square foot, four-floor Naval Hospital aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is scheduled for Friday, January 31 at 1 p.m.

The guest speakers for the event will be the Honorable Mike McCord, principal deputy under secretary of defense (comptroller); the Honorable Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense (health affairs); Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force and Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison, deputy surgeon general of the Navy. They will be joined by military and civilian personnel involved with the project at the 70 acre site near the main gate to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

This $456 million construction project is the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 project in the Department of the Navy.

Construction on the new 500,000 square foot, four-floor facility began Dec. 2, 2010, and was completed on Oct. 2013 with move in dates of Dec. 2-15, 2013.

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton has been fully functioning since Dec. 15, providing all the same medical services as before.


 

14 comments

Comment Profile ImageMilitaryTVgirl
Comment #1 | Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm
That new hospital is a joke. My husband (a Marine) had to go to the ER there for x-rays about two weeks ago. They had his rank and address from 12 years ago. We asked why, they said it was wrong in DEERS. We contacted DEERS. No. They have it correct in the DEERS system. Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital has their OWN old records and cannot change them for some reason. Second, the joke is that the hospital is a blueprint of the one in Guam. When the money was available to build it in 2010, they didn't have any blueprints and used the ones that were created for the Nav Hospital in Guam. The personnel at the new hospital are disgruntled workers (and will tell you that themselves...without you asking.) They told us that they were not given ANY break rooms for the personnel attached to the ER. Furthermore, the enlisted personnel who used to have barracks next to the old hospital have none near the new hospital. Buses stop running in time for them to get home to the barracks on the other side of the base. The personnel we spoke to in every phase of the ER that night were angry people, unmotivated to do their jobs, and basically didn't care. They are stripping them of a break room, microwave to heat dinner brought from home (or barracks). This hospital was the biggest waste of dollars and has now put Marine families in jeopardy because of this new hospital. Though many of us military families have left Tricare Prime for Tricare Standard (to go to civilian doctors) our military members are still forced to go to this hospital with disgruntled personnel.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 9:03 am
The military-industrial complex has everything; WE, THE PEOPLE have nothing. Here you go, folks. To the contrary, WE, THE PEOPLE are now FORCED to buy health insurance while our military-industrial complex has universal health insurance.

So maybe our military-industrial complex is good for something: they show us that universal health care is possible in America.
Comment Profile ImageLMAO
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 9:53 am
Comment #1 is living proof that Lee (#2) is right for once. If this is an example of universal healthcare, it is obviously going to be a cluster......
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #4 | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm
@lee - yes sir, I do have great health care- sorry #1 about your experience. All I had to do to EARN it was offer my life so you could feel free to complain. You the people (which amazingly include me the military) have nothing??? Let me see - can you go - or not go - to the church of your choice? Buy a house when and where you want - IF you work hard to EARN it? Can you speak our when you want without free of reprisal? Are you safe in your home from unwarranted search and seizure? Can you get on a well-constructed interstate road and travel from sea to sea? Can you work in any field you are qualified to, without having to prove loyalty or family ties? Can you vote? That is all something that most of the world does not have .
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #5 | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm
My dear fellow Fallbrookers, gee what a surprise, more scare tactics by our military-industrial complex compadres. Oh you know, "We had such a touch childhood. We had to move eight times in ten years." (Or is the official DoD propaganda line, ten times in eight years? Hmm, I'm not quite sure. Enquiring minds want to know.) "We lived in military housing which was cruddy." (But what they don't tell you, for example, is that all the utilities are included!) And now the latest: #1MilitaryTVgirl's babble that a BRAND-SPANKIN' NEW hospital should FROM THE GET GO provide horrible service.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, riiiiiiiiiiight.

Sure, nearly $500 million bucks were spent on building a brand new hospital only to provide, boo hoo, poor medical care. You truly want us to believe that? Can WE, THE PEOPLE go on base and see so for ourselves, please? After all, we are the ones who flipped the bill for this, so I believe that we should. See, WE, THE PEOPLE are NOT stupid! Far from it! We have brains and hearts of our own. And we will NOT take your word for it any longer.

You can fool some of the people some time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #6 | Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 6:59 pm
PS. Just think, my dear fellow Fallbrookers, how many hospitals we could build for WE, THE PEOPLE if we didn't engage in war and empire building?!
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #7 | Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 8:57 am
There really needs to be an idiot of the year award
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #8 | Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:29 am
@Lee - Please where is any scare tactics mentioned here at all? Do you doubt that many military move often? If you doubt it you are not very smart, is you believe it then how it is propaganda? Yes, utilities are included - you forfeit part of your pay and allowances BHA for base housing; and my housing was always good. Do not know where you are getting the all the quotes from rough childhood, cruddy housing, horrible service (#1 talked about administrative issues - not medical care).

Lee, you can go on base (but be careful- the base is full of those to you super scary things called Marines) and look, but no, you cannot use the services as you have NOT EARNED them.
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Comment Profile ImageGrunt
Comment #9 | Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm
to Lee and Carla - you both have mentioned empire building, please show me the empire we have built, the lands we have claimed- as I think President Ike said- all we ask is a small piece of land to bury our dead.
Comment Profile ImageFR86
Comment #10 | Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:15 am
To Grunt;

Hold your fire, don't waste your ammunition. Any intelligent points are wasted on Lee and his whining partners.

To the military bashers posted here so far.....it comes down to this. The military deals with what it is given by our governmental leaders (congress/senate since they approve all expenditures) congress is put into their offices by elections by the people( that's us.) So if you want to whine about the way things are take a good look in the mirror and point at that person.

If we are going to change things to the satisfaction of the "people" than we need to improve the character of the individuals that we put into office and stop re-electing the same special interest driven, self righteous egotists that we have now that are only interested in perpetuating themselves in office, thereby perpetuating the government as is, which has clearly illustrated that it can't accomplish anything.

FR86
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #11 | Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 11:46 am
Construction of a new hospital did not buy new doctors and nurses, but the same personnel that transfers in and out every two years. Hopefully, money/programs will be integrated to help those sick or suffering with PTS in a 'state of art' hospital.

PS: the $456mil didn't include any beds, computers, equipment, etc....the inside stuff!!

It would be awesome if CP replicated Palo Alto's base that shares resources of money, research and development with Stanford Unv. A perfect marriage.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #12 | Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:19 pm
I agree with FR86. Lee doesn't care one bit about the realities of any given situation, he prefers to make statements that are based on his own, somewhat skewed, opinion and that have no basis in fact or any numbers with which to back up his ridiculous claims. He is what I call a "hit and run" commentator. He hits and then runs. Never once does he come back to answer his critics, because he knows he has no platform on which to stand.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #13 | Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 6:04 pm
Dr Dr - it is not a military hospital in Palo Alto - it is VA. The San Diego VA does share with the University there.

FR86, you are correct, sir, both in regard to Lee and in actions the "people" need to take.
Comment Profile ImageCarla
Comment #14 | Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm
@9. I've never used the term "empire building". I take my politics quite seriously and choose my words carefully. Stop lying about me on threads in which I'm (until now) not participating in.

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