Welcome to the "First and Finest," Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.
As the U. S. Navy's oldest, continuously operating hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally acclaimed, state of the art medical center, including its ten branch and TRICARE Prime clinics located throughout the Hampton Roads area, additionally offers premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen for future roles in healing and wellness. NMCP is a patient-driven TRICARE facility entrusted with the health readiness of the United States Armed Forces.
Geographically located in the southeastern corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia, on historic Hospital Point in Portsmouth, Virginia, the main campus of NMCP is home to more than 5,000 men and women who provide healthcare services to the brave men and women of all our armed forces, their family members, and military retirees, over 420,000 beneficiaries, which is a daunting task accomplished with great skill and competency by the "First and Finest."
Hampton Roads generally includes the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk, and populated with more than 1.5 million people. The region is homeport to the majority of the ships, aircraft, and Department of the Navy Sailors and Marines assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. NMCP is one of many regional commands that constitute the largest military concentration in the world.
The area offers a wide variety of activities and attractions. Each year thousands of people flock here to enjoy the miles of shoreline extending along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Besides soaking up the sun, visitors can tour a variety of museums and historic homes.
One of the first things you may notice when coming to the Hampton Roads area is how much water there is. It is rare that you can travel between cities without crossing a bridge or tunnel. While many of these crossings are free, you will inevitably encounter a toll while transiting the area. There are tolls on the Downtown and Mid-Town tunnels, which both connect Portsmouth to Norfolk. The nearby Jordan Bridge also requires a toll. The easiest (and most inexpensive) way to pay for tolls in this area is with an EZ Pass. EZ-Pass is available for purchase online at https://www.ezpassva.com/ or at the Navy Exchange located in the hospital.
WHAT IS HAMPTON ROADS?
"Hampton Roads” refers to the extreme southeastern portion of Virginia, and includes the following communities: Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk.
This same area is also commonly referred to as the “Tidewater” area.