Cara E. Philbin [CPhilbin@npr.org]
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 16:32
Cara E. Philbin
National Public Radio: Walter Reed Six-Part SeriesNext week, NPR’s
All Things Considered
will air a six-part series centered on the closing of WalterReed Army Medical Center. Reports will focus on the controversy and intricacies involved in the historic medical center’sclosure, its legacy, and what lays ahead for America’s veterans.
host Steve Inskeep and NPR’s military and health correspondents will examine whether the fallout fromthe 2007 scandal involving substandard outpatient living conditions permanently affected Walter Reed’s status as theArmy’s premiere medical center; the medical center’s lesser known legacy as a leader in medical research; and how theshutdown fits into a larger base-closure initiative designed to save the military billions of dollars, despite initial costprojection skyrocketing to $2 billion more than originally forecast.Reports will also address how Washington, D.C. may reuse or develop the valuable property vacated by Walter Reed,and what quality of care will look like as the hospital is combined with the National Naval Medical Center to create onecomprehensive facility in Maryland.Details about NPR’s series are below. If you would like more information, or to speak with our editors about these reports,please let me know.Cara| Cara Philbin | Publicist, Media Relations |email@example.com| 202.513.2757 | 978.660.3965
Walter Reed Six-Part SeriesNPR News: August 29-September 2PLEASE NOTE: Broadcast schedule is subject to change.
Walter Reed History
Airing: August 29Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep reports that as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center closes, patients will be movedto two separate facilities, one in Maryland and one in Virginia. What now lies ahead for the patients once treated at theArmy’s premiere medical center?
What about all that empty land?
Airing: August 30
Sabri Ben-Achour of member station WAMU, in Washington, D.C., reports on how the city will re-use the valuableproperty freed up by the move of the Army hospital. Among the plans being discussed is a new “embassy row,” as well asmixed office, housing and retail developments and ample green space.
What happened after the Walter Reed scandal?
Airing: August 31NPR Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman examines whether things have improved in the years since the 2007 scandal atWalter Reed, where outpatient troops were found living in very substandard conditions. Have things changed?
All Things Considered
Does closing Walter Reed save any money?
Airing: August 31