Fact Sheet

Replacement Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

Physical attributes:

  • 500,000 sq. foot, four floor facility on a 70 acre site near the main gate of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
  • Includes services such as emergency care, primary care, specialty care clinics, operating rooms and ancillary departments.
  • Site also includes, a 1,500 space four-level parking structure with three elevators, plus 1,000 surface parking spaces.
  • There is a 1.2 mile walking path surrounding the hospital compound with 20 pieces of exercise equipment at six stations to promote health and wellness for both staff and patients. 
  • There will be a helipad on the southwest side, providing outbound medical evacuation.
  • Additional construction includes a central utilities plant (CUP), that is equipped to sustain full hospital operations in the event of a natural disaster.  The CUP will provide day-to-day heating/cooling services to the hospital.
  • 170kW photovoltaic system (solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity)
  • Video Teleconferencing in 19 locations to facilitate online meetings, training and distance learning.
  • 42 inpatient beds
  • 9 Operating rooms
  • 8-10 Labor and Delivery Rooms
  • 16-20 Post-Partum Suites
  • 26 Emergency room beds (12,000 sq. ft.)
  • 4 Intensive Care Unit beds  


  • The replacement NHCP is scheduled to open in December 2013.
  • Design and construction contract awarded to Clark/McCarthy in Sept. 2010.
  • Ground Breaking Ceremony held Dec. 2, 2010.
  • Employed between 700 and 1,000 construction workers daily.
  • The largest project awarded in the Dept. of the Navy using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Projected to attain Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

Current Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

  • NHCP was designed in 1969 with construction completed in 1974.  The original design focused on inpatient services consistent with the technologies used at that time.  Today's healthcare practices typically require a shorter inpatient stay, with many surgical procedures performed in an outpatient or ambulatory setting.
  • The facility supports a beneficiary population of 157,000 comprised of active duty military, retired military and their family members.
  • Staffing:  2,400 Military and Civilians.
  • Typical day at NHCP
    • 1,726 Ambulatory Visits
    • 10 Admissions
    • 107 Emergency Department Visits
    • 4 Deliveries
    • 15 Surgeries
    • 335 Radiology Procedures
    • 3,710 Laboratory Procedures
    • 1,866 Prescriptions Dispensed

Physical attributes:

  • Constructed for 584 inpatient beds
  • Current Status 61 inpatient beds
  • Operating Rooms- 7
  • Labor & Delivery Rooms- 6
  • Parking - 1,257 spaces