In April 1964. construction commenced
on a Naval Hospital to serve members of the military community
living in the Long BeachILos Angeles area. Located on a 65-acre
tract, Naval Hospital, Long Beach was officially commissioned
in February 1967. Initially. the hospital was a five-floor structure
with a capacity of 350 beds. During the Vietnam conflict the
hospital, along with its support facilities, Naval Station dispensary
and Hospital Ship USNS REPOSE, served as a primary debarkation
point for personnel returning to the continental United States
via air medical evacuation.
In July 1972. ground was broken and construction commenced on
an additional nursing wing with a capacity of 220 beds, a comprehensive
outpatient care area and an administrative wing. Construction
was completed in September 1973 and clinics were permanently
In November 1974, the outpatient pavilion and nursing wing were
officially dedicated. The new inpatient tower included additional
administrative and logistics support spaces in the first floor
basement, a male orthopedic and general surgery ward on the second
floor. the obstetric and gynecology sen'ices on the third floor
including a newborn nursery and the alcohol rehabilitation service
with 65 beds on the fourth floor.
In July 1972, Naval Hospital, Long Beach was redesignated as
Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach and functioned as such
until 26 April 1983 when it was again redesignated as a Naval
The Naval Hospital, Branch Medical Clinic Annex, Naval Weapons
Station, Seal Beach provides sick call and occupational health
services to approximately 1,200 Civil Service and 200 military
TIle Naval Hospital, Branch Medical Clinic Annex, Naval Warfare
Assessment Center, Corona provides occupational health services
to eligible personnel assigned to the station.
The NAVCARE Clinic Tustin provides outpatient services to all
eligible military beneficiaries, both active duty and retired
personnel and dependents. Responsibility transferred to Naval
Hospital, Camp Pendleton on I October 1991.
The Naval Hospital, Branch Medical Clinic, Naval Air Weapons
Station, China Lake provides care to eligible beneficiaries.
Responsibility transferred to Naval Medical Clinic, Port Hueneme
in the fall of 1993.
During its last year of full service, Naval Hospital, Long Beach
supported a population of approximately 250,000 eligible beneficiaries
and was the only Navy medical treatment facility between Camp
Pendleton, 75 miles to the south and Fort Ord, 300 miles to the
As this Naval Hospital ends a distinguished era of service to
the fleet and surrounding communities, its credo of "STANDING
BY TO ASSIST" has been passed to Naval Medical Clinic, Terminal
Island. Opened in 1988, the clinic provides comprehensive occupational
health sen'ices to shipyard workers. military sick call, medical
support to fleet and shore based naval personnel at the Terminal
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District History (1999)
The Naval Hospital, Long Beach (Carson Street) consisted of two
parcels occupying a total of 65.2 acres in the city of Long Beach,
Los Angeles County, California. The Department of the Navy purchased
Parcel A (30.5 acres) in April 1964 from the City of Long Beach
for the construction of the main hospital building. Subsequently,
Parcel B (34.7 acres) was conveyed by the city of Long Beach
to the Department of the Navy in March 1968 for the construction
of additional facilities to support the hospital.
2. Naval Hospital, Long Beach was operated from February 1967
through March 1994. The hospital was used by the U.S. Navy to
treat injured military personnel. The hospital officially ceased
operating in March 1994.
3. The DoD disposed of the entire property (65.2 acres) during
1994 and 1995. Parcel A (30.5 acres) was transferred from the
Department of the Navy to Southwest Division, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command when the property became excess. Southwest
Division sold the property directly to Vestar Development Company.
Ownership of Parcel B (34.7 acres) reverted to the
former owner in accordance with the grant deed. Once hospitalrelated
activities ceased, the City of Long Beach again became the owner
of Parcel B. This transfer took place by Quitclaim
Deed in October 1995. All hospital-related structures subsequently
were removed, and the property presently is occupied by a large
shopping center (the Long Beach Town Center).
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