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The complete guide to Womack Army Medical Center

The Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC as the locals like to call it) is an Army hospital located on Ft. Bragg. That’s not super surprising, since Ft. Bragg is such a large base. It’s also really convenient for Soldiers and family members who live near the installation to seek treatment. If you’re PCSing to work at WAMC, you probably have a lot of questions. This guide will help you get started in your moving process. 

Overview

The facility is named for Bryant H. Womack, a Medal of Honor recipient. WAMC has 138 beds. Over 66,000 patients visit the hospital each year and more than 11,000 are admitted. Physicians perform over 2,700 inpatient and 7,400 outpatient surgeries a year. Additionally, Womack Army Medical Center serves more than 160,000 eligible beneficiaries in the region. That’s the largest beneficiary population in the Army. 

Before BRAC changed so much, lots of DoD installations had complete medical centers embedded on the footprint. This made it easy for service members to seek care. Here are some lesser known facts about medical centers.

Understanding how to navigate healthcare in the military can be confusing. Here’s an overview of Tricare plans to help you know what to choose. 

Womack Army Medical Center Location

WAMC is on post at Fort Bragg. Ft. Bragg is located near Fayetteville, North Carolina.  

If you’re coming from the south, take I-95 South to exit 56 toward Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Pope AFB, US 301 South. Then, make a right at the first light onto Grove Street. Next, turn right onto Bragg Blvd. Continue to Santa Fe Drive. Merge onto the All American Freeway and this will bring you to Ft. Bragg.

Traveling from the north, you’ll want to use I-15 N. Then merge onto 1-95 Business Route North toward Fayetteville/ Fort Bragg/ Pope AAF. Continue on US-301 for about seven miles. Then, turn left onto Owen Drive. This becomes the All American Freeway, which takes you to Fort Bragg.

staff at Womack Army Medical Center
NMCCL’s leadership and staff met with Womack Army Medical Center’s leadership during their visit to MCB Camp Lejeune On Aug. 12, 2021.

Transportation

The closest airport is the Fayetteville Regional Airport. Even though it’s a regional airport, it supports major airlines such as American and Delta. Fayetteville is only about 12 miles from post, so it shouldn’t take too long to reach Womack Army Medical Center.

Ft. Bragg Transportation Motor Pool is fully operational and free to military, DoD civilians, and contractors on official business. Family members may also ride the shuttle if space permits. Call the Shuttle Dispatch for more information. 

Gates and Hours

It’s no surprise that a post this size has a lot of gates. As you might expect, several of Ft. Bragg’s gates are 24-hours. Unfortunately, some gates only open twice a day. The Visitor Control Center is located at the All American Main Gate. WAMC visitors should use the All American Gate. Visitor passes are distributed to all non DoD ID card holds who have a valid reason to enter the medical center. 

All American – Main Gate 5 open 24/7

Contacts at Womack Army Medical Center

Appointments Phone (910) 907-2778

Emergency Room Phone (910) 907-6559

Family Medicine Phone (910) 907-8500

Information Phone (910) 907-6000

Laboratory Phone (910) 907-8657 

Medical Records Phone (910) 907-7179

Pain Clinic Phone (910) 907-7209

Pharmacy Phone (910) 907-7427

Ft. Bragg Contacts 

AER (Army Emergency Relief) (910) 396-2507

Armed Services YMCA (910) 436-0500

Army Community Service (910) 396-8682

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) (910) 396-7751

Chaplain and Religious Services (910) 396-1121

Child Development Center (910) 396-1136

Citizenship and Immigration Services (910) 396-6120

Civilian Personnel Office (910) 908-2722

Deployment & Mobilization Support (910) 432-3742

Education Services Office (910) 396-6721

EFMP – Enrollment (910) 907-3367

Family Child Care (910) 396-3415

Finance Office (82nd) (910) 432-0109

Household Goods/Transportation Office (910) 396-2903

Housing Services Office (910) 396-8516

ID/CAC Card Processing (910) 396-9339

Information and Referral Services (910) 396-8682

Legal Assistance Office (910) 396-0396

Leisure Travel Services (910) 396-8747

Lending Closet (910) 396-6013

Library (910) 396-2665

Military Clothing Sales (910) 436-2200

MWR Outdoor Recreation (910) 396-7060

New Parent Support Program (910) 396-7951

Non-appropriated Funds (NAF) Human Resources (910) 396-8933

North Commissary (910) 396-2316

Personal Financial Management Services (910) 907-3670

School Liaison Office (910) 432-1023

Shuttle Dispatch (910) 396-1992 

Soldier & Family Assistance Center (910) 432-7322

South Commissary (910) 436-5320

Spouse Education, Training and Careers (910) 396-2390

Substance Abuse Program (910) 396-4100

Tax Center (910) 396-8299

Temporary Lodging/Billeting (910) 396-7700

Transition Assistance Program (910) 396-8682

Travel Office (910) 436-1185

Unaccompanied Member Housing (910) 643-4675

Vehicle Registration Center (910) 432-8193

Veterinary Services (910) 396-9120

Womack Army Medical Center (910) 907-6000

Youth Sports & Fitness (910) 396-9123

Womack medic
Staff Sgt. Federico G. Robinson, medic, Department of Emergency Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center, draws blood from a patient.

Health Services Offered

WAMC is committed to providing patience with state of the art care in a compassionate and caring environment. Here are some of the services you can receive at the hospital. In addition to primary and preventative care, WAMC offers lab tests and radiology, mental health and substance abuse, specialty care, and women’s health services.

Womack Army Medical Center History

When Ft. Bragg was still just Camp Bragg, the installation housed a hospital. It was built in 1918 and included a headquarters and two dispensaries. Camp Bragg’s hospital closed a year later. Then, USA Station Hospital One opened its doors in 1932. In spite of WWII, it closed in 1941. Then, USA Station Hospital Number Two and Three opened at that time. 

Several years later, a nine-story, 500-bed hospital opened. That hospital served the military population until March 2022 when the new Womack Army Medical Center opened. 

Things to Do Around Womack Army Medical Center

Nearby Fayetteville is a reasonably sized city so you’ll find all the basic city amenities you might need there for a night on the town or a day shopping and enjoying a long lunch. Travel to Fayetteville generally takes about 20 minutes but can vary widely especially during PT hours.

Hotels

If you’re visiting Womack Army Medical Center to visit someone, you might be able to stay at a Fisher House. There are no guest fees charged for lodging and operates by donation.

Courtyard Fayetteville (910) 487-5557

Embassy Suites by Hilton (910) 826-3600

Hampton Inn Spring Lake (910) 438-0945

Holiday Inn Express and Suites (910) 867-6777

SpringHill Suites by Marriott (910) 960-3000

surgical services
Col. Jennifer Bager discusses her role in supporting the Army mission. Bager is the deputy commander of Surgical Services at Womack Army Medical Center.

Food Scene

When you think about North Carolina, barbecue probably comes to mind! Of course you’ll definitely want to add some to your plate, but there are also lots of other Tar Heel specialties you should try, too! It’s no surprise that fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese is definitely a regional favorite. Of course, you shouldn’t skimp on the shrimp and grits either. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try a Cheerwine float. It’s like a root beer float but better. 

Activities

Since Ft. Bragg is so large, the Army MWR programming is excellent, so there should be plenty of things for you and your family to do on the installation and within the military community. Of course, there are also several outdoor spots you should visit nearby.

Womack Army Medical Center Housing

If you’re PCSing to work at Womack Army Medical Center, you should know that Ft. Bragg is massive. That means that housing wait times can be exceptionally long. Be sure you call the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive orders. The MHO can provide information regarding current wait times.

Corvias owns and manages housing on post. Residences range from two to four bedroom homes. Ore housing is scheduled to be constructed as Ft. Bragg continues to grow.

Off base housing is also an option.

Of course, single Soldiers ranks E1-E5 are required to live in the barracks.

Schools Near WAMC

Mil-kids whose parents work at Womack Army Medical Center and live on post can attend DoDEA schools. Off post, students will attend either Cumberland County or Harnett County schools, depending on where you live. Speak with the School Liaison Office for enrollment information and guidance about selecting the best choice for your children. 

Womack Army Medical Center ribbon cutting
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate the commission of two new residency programs. (Official U.S. Army Photo by Jerome W. Mapp, WAMC Public Affairs)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment at Womack Army Medical Center?

Call the Central Appointment Line at (910) 907-2778. 

Does Womack have a NICU?

Yes, Womack has a NICU. Find out more about the services offered here.

When does a Soldier get sent to Womack?

WAMC accepts Soldiers and family members as needed. 

What county is Womack Army Medical Center in?

WAMC is located in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

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