The Department of Defense is reviewing construction standards with the goal of building more "world class" military medical centers like Walter Reed.
An independent review panel of military specialists met with healthcare leaders Nov. 12 to consider whether construction standards for medical centers should be strengthened to align with industry best practices. The review panel is responsible for making sure these construction standards are applied consistently to all military medical centers.
The panel is also responsible for assessing the DoD approach to planning and programming facility improvements with emphasis on facility selection criteria and proportional assessment system, and facility programming responsibilities that are shared between the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and the Secretaries of the Military Departments.
This group could then recommend new construction standards for military hospitals to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.