Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
NMCP Logo.png
Command Seal
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Navy
Part ofNavy Medicine East, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Motto(s)First and Finest[1]
DecorationsMeritorious Unit Commendation[1]
Commanding OfficerCaptain Christopher Culp
Executive OfficerCaptain Carolyn Rice
Portsmouth Naval Hospital
U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA (1827), John Haviland, architect.
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is located in Virginia
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is located in the United States
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
LocationOn Hospital Point at Washington and Crawford Sts., Portsmouth, Virginia
Coordinates36°50′51″N 76°18′17″W / 36.84750°N 76.30472°W / 36.84750; -76.30472Coordinates: 36°50′51″N 76°18′17″W / 36.84750°N 76.30472°W / 36.84750; -76.30472
Area20 acres (8.1 ha)
Built1832 (1832)
ArchitectHaviland, John; Wood, Don & Deming
NRHP reference #72001516[2]
VLR #124-0036
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 13, 1972
Designated VLRNovember 16, 1971[3]

The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), formerly Naval Hospital Portsmouth,[4] and originally Norfolk Naval Hospital,[5] is a United States Navy medical center in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. It is the oldest continuously running hospital in the Navy medical system.[6]


The historic Portsmouth Naval Hospital building was designed by architect John Haviland (1792–1852) and built in 1827. It is a three-story granite and Freestone building on a 12-foot (3.7 m) basement. Its form is that of a hollow square, measuring 172 feet (52 m) wide by 192 feet (59 m) deep. The front facade features a 92 feet (28 m) wide Doric order portico with 10 columns. The building's interior was reconstructed in 1907, and a shallow dome was added to the roof. Located on the property are a contributing marker erected by Haviland over the grave of Major Saunders, one time commander of Forts Nelson and Norfolk, who died March 15, 1810; and a memorial cannon commemorating Fort Nelson. Fort Nelson, now demolished, was near the hospital's site.[7]

The hospital staff has a long tradition of providing service to the fleet. In the summer of 1832 during a massive cholera outbreak naval doctors, nurses, and attendants remained on duty caring for patients throughout the epidemic and worked heroically to check the ravages of the disease and allayed people’s fears.[8]

Register of Patients Gosport Naval Hospital August 1832 cholera cases



  1. ^ a b "Naval Medical Center Portsmouth". Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ "History Page" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-05.
  5. ^ "Stories march through doors of 1827 Naval Medical Center". 26 October 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  6. ^ Yarsinske, Amy Waters (2007). The Elizabeth River. Charleston, SC: History Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-59629-207-9.
  7. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (June 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Portsmouth Naval Hospital" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo
  8. ^ Sharp, John G. Cholera at Gosport Navy Yard 1832 accessed 7 March 2019

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