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Camp Hood Station Hospital was built in 1942 as a 201-bed acute care health facility. The present main structure of Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center we know today was completed in April 1965 and was designed to serve troops, retirees, and beneficiaries of one division. It was the first of three permanent Army hospitals of the 200-300-bed size to open. Constructed in the latest military design of the time, the original building cost $6 million and was furnished with $6 million of equipment.
The hospital expanded through the years. Darnall's first Intensive Care Unit opened in 1972. Ten years later, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was dedicated. With the completion of a $50 million addition/renovation project in 1984, DACH expanded its number of beds to 264 and added additional services. Darnall's Emergency Department completed a multi-million dollar expansion in 2007.
Among its accomplishments, Darnall has developed affiliations with Texas A&M University Health Science Center and other hospitals in the Central Texas area. It is home to one of the Army's three graduate medical education programs in emergency medicine, hosts a nurse anesthetist program, and Physician Assistant's Program. Darnall also offers educational opportunities to a large number of rotating interns, medical students, paramedic students, nursing students and residents in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics.
Today, Darnall supports 45,000 active duty personnel stationed at Fort Hood, 68,000 family members, and 32,000 retired personnel and their family members residing in its 177-county support area. Every day 2,664 outpatients are seen, 50 patients are admitted, 9 babies are born, more than 3,400 prescriptions are filled, 2,000 X-rays are taken, and more than 150 patients are treated in the Emergency Department. Darnall stands as one of the largest hospitals in the Army Medical Department proudly serving a population of over 250,000 with "Care and Concern."
date last modified: 11/15/2013