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The front gate of the U.S. Navy hospital on Guam will be relocated July 5 to make way for construction of a new hospital over the next few years, the U.S. Naval Base Guam public affairs office announced Monday.

The new gate will be several hundred feet east of the existing entrance on Route 7 and will remain the main access point until the scheduled completion of the new Navy hospital in 2014. The pass and ID office for the hospital grounds will stay in building 16 at the existing gate entrance.

The new Navy hospital will provide more space for population growth and will include upgraded technology for inpatient and outpatient care. It is being built with military money earmarked for medical purposes and is not part of a massive buildup planned on the island.

The existing Naval Hospital Guam will be open until the new facility is completed and then be demolished, the Navy said.

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