Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood is a deployable hospital with significant operational, garrison and medical support functions that are integrated to provide comprehensive care for the soldiers, civilians and contract personnel who are assigned to or temporarily reside on the installation. The medical center is also home to several organizations including the School of Nursing, Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience.
Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center is located on Fort Hood, TX and services soldiers from across the country assigned to any one of several units stationed there. It also provides care for overseas service members who are stationed at bases throughout Europe. The military hospital’s primary role is to respond to emergencies, but it can also be used as an outpatient clinic with patients coming from off-post civilian clinics. It is also where soldiers who have been injured in training accidents go for rehabilitation treatment before being reassigned or released from active duty obligations.
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood is the only facility in the world dedicated to providing medical care for soldiers who require specialized, extended care for injuries sustained in combat. Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center has two components: the Soldier Readiness and Integration Center (SRIC) and the Soldier Treatment Facility (STF). The center is named after Carl R. Darnall, a former army surgeon general who served during World War I and World War II and later became director of the U.S. Military’s Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The center is also known as ARAMC or simply “Darnall” by soldiers stationed there and many locals in central Texas. It encompasses over 200 facilities totaling more than 16 million square feet of space—more than nine times the size of the Pentagon!
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood is a fully accredited Level-1 Trauma and High Acuity Adult Trauma Center. The center was named in honor of Colonel Carl Robert Darnall. He is widely known as the founder of modern military medicine in the U.S. and around the world. It is the largest military medical facility in the U.S., with more than 6,200 active duty troops, civilians, retirees and their family members working there at any given time. The post has one hospital, six clinics and more than 150 outpatient facilities spread across its nine different locations: four main hospitals, three satellite hospitals and five clinics located within the base itself as well as two located outside the base.