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New Hospital at Fort Belvoir.—
The new 250-bed Army hospital at Fort Belvoir, Va., which admitted its first patients on May 24, has the newest features of construction and the latest equipment to help insure that patients receive the best care possible. The building could accommodate 300 patients without alteration, and, if necessary, with additions, could be expanded to a 500-bed capacity.The Fort Belvoir hospital cost about $4,700,000. It is one of seven in an Army modernization program authorized by Congress in 1953. Other hospitals ranging in capacity up to 1,000 beds are in various stages of planning; five are in various stages of construction. The Engineer Corps has under contract 17 new hospitals for the Air Force both overseas and in this country.Fort Belvoir's new structure, replacing a rambling series of World War II cantonment-type frame buildings, is a six-story reinforced concrete and brick building on
GOVERNMENT SERVICES. JAMA. 1957;164(8):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980080067016