CAL MED History

California Medical Detachment History

The California Medical Detachment (CAL MED) is located in Monterey, California and is an integral part of the United States Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey.

Until 1993, the Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital served the Presidio of Monterey for all its health care needs. Designed in1969 and opened in 1972, the hospital replaced the World War II era wooden hospital built in the early 1940s. The newly built hospital was an eight story structure of almost 400,000 square feet with a capacity of 440 beds for contingency operations. The hospital commander and healthcare staff were responsible for the overall health care needs of the military beneficiary population in the region, plus other beneficiaries when space and resources permitted.

Following the Base Realignment and Closure decisions of July 1991, the Army was directed to move the 7th Infantry Division and its support units to then Ft. Lewis, Washington, downsize the post to an enclave consisting of housing units and support elements for families to accommodate the needs of the 5,000 military personnel remaining at the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School, and close the Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital.

In August of 1993, the California Medical Detachment (CAL MED) was established by the U.S. Army Health Services Command to provide regional command and control of six geographically separate Army health and occupational medicine clinics remaining in northern California and western Nevada. CAL MED was under the control of the Northwest Health Services Support Area located at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington.

The mission of CAL MED is to provide quality health care for all active duty service members and families assigned to the Presidio of Monterey including the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Health care is provided on an outpatient basis through the primary care clinic and other health care services on post through contracts with local specialty providers. Inpatient care is provided through the nearest military hospitals (Oakland Naval Hospital or Travis Air Force Base) or through arrangements with Tricare network hospitals.

In 2014 the primary care clinic transitioned to a Patient Centered Medical Home. This transition opened enrollment to service member families.

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