MDW commander visits new hospital site
February 4, 2010
By Paul Bello
FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, got his first up-close look at the future DeWitt Army Community Hospital Thursday.
He was joined by Installation Commander Col. Jerry Blixt, Installation Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Berhane, Col. Mark Moffatt, deputy installation commander for transformation and BRAC; and Lt. Col. Kevin McKenna, commander of Belvoir's Headquarters Battalion.
The group walked through the interior of the hospital where each floor will have a main reception area adjacent to an outside garden. The group also got an early glimpse of what the emergency room area will look like, in addition to the physical rehabilitation center and several other clinics and patient rooms.
Horst indicated he was quite impressed with the building's overall design, which includes a skyway connecting the hospital's two sides. Two parking garages will anchor each side of the hospital and specially-designed roofs are in place to collect and store water for the garden and surrounding landscape.
"This is going to be an extraordinary facility once it's completed," Horst said at the conclusion of his visit. "There will be a lot of lighting throughout the hospital and its design lends itself to many advantages for anyone using it."