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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center reopens after bomb threat

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A building at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was evacuated after a bomb scare. Operations have resumed. (Source: U.S. Navy) A building at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was evacuated after a bomb scare. Operations have resumed. (Source: U.S. Navy)
The website for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center says that appointments have been suspended. The website for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center says that appointments have been suspended.

BETHESDA, MD (RNN) – The Twitter account for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) has said that "appointments have resumed" at the hospital.

(WRNMMC) has been evacuated after receiving a bomb threat saying that a bomb was to detonate at 10 a.m. ET, according to WTTG in Washington.

The Daily Caller reported that a person answering the phone confirmed that a threat was made.

Building 19 was swept by bomb-sniffing dogs and other buildings were locked down.

The website for the hospital stated that all appointments have been suspended until 13:00 or 1 p.m. ET.

WUSA reports than an email was sent out to the staff calling for a "Code Black." The email says that no personnel, patients and visitors are allowed in Building 19 and other buildings are on lockdown.

The campus of the WRNMMC has more than 70 buildings.

WRNMMC provides medical service to the military and their families. Many critically injured service men and women in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars received treatment at the hospital.

The hospital, which was founded in 1909 at Fort McNair in Washington, came under scandal in 2007 when an investigation revealed cases of neglect of wounded soldiers in its care.

As part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) announcement in 2005, Walter Reed Army Medical Center merged with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD on Nov. 11, 2011.

Walter Reed also has provided medical care to presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

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