ACCORDING TO DATA fromVirginia Commonwealth University andthe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,residents of Montgomery County livelonger on average than most people inthe country. The average life expectancyin Montgomery County is about 84 years.
People live longer here because they
In addition, Bethesda is home to
generally take care of themselves and
have access to excellent doctors and
hospitals, the latter including Suburban
in Bethesda, Adventist HealthCare
Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville,
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
in Olney, Holy Cross in Silver Spring and
Germantown, and Sibley Memorial in
Northwest Washington, D.C.
both the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) and the Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center.
NIH opened its doors just north ofdowntown Bethesda in 1948. As thelargest source of medical researchfunding in the world, it supportsthe research of more than 2,500
universities and research institutions
across the country and around the
world. About 6,000 scientists work in
NIH’s own research laboratories, most
of which are located in Bethesda, and
well over 1,000 clinical studies are
underway at any given time in the NIH
Clinical Center, where breakthroughs
have included the first use of AZT to
treat AIDS and the use of gene therapy
to fight disease.
Across Wisconsin Avenue fromNIH is Walter Reed, the world’slargest military medical center. Itprovides care and services to nearly
1 million patients annually—includingmembers of military families, active-duty personnel, veterans and politicalleaders.
Staff confer duringrounds at SuburbanHospital.