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About the California Medical Detachment

The California Medical Detachment (CAL MED) is located on the U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey, which is located in the city of Monterey, California about 117 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coast. The Monterey Peninsula has a rich history, and its rugged coastline is known for its natural beauty.

CAL MED provides safe, quality care to approximately 7,000 enrolled patients and supports The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLFIC), U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey, The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Naval Support Activity Monterey, The Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC), and US Coast Guard Station Monterey.

With more than 120 staff comprised of both military and civilian healthcare professionals and support staff, CAL MED provides healthcare services to eligible TRICARE beneficiaries in the central coastal California area at:

  • Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic, U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey.
  • Pediatric Medical Home Clinic, City of Monterey.
  • Preventative Medicine Services, City of Seaside.

Healthcare and health services CAL MED provides to enrolled patients include adult and pediatric primary care in patient centered medical homes which partners with its patients for better health and wellness, X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy services, plus behavioral health, social services and preventive medicine services. CAL MED partners with the TRICARE managed care support contractor and TRICARE network providers to coordinate primary and specialty health services to achieve optimum healthcare for its patients. CAL MED provides medical readiness health services for its service member patients.

CAL MED is proud of its medical mission delivering healthcare to its service members and families and is currently open to enrolling new patients..

The California Medical Detachment falls under Madigan Army Medical Center located in Tacoma Washington. Together, CAL MED and Madigan are part of Regional Health Command - Pacific, one of four regional health commands operated by the U.S. Army Medical Command.

Mission, Vision and Values



As a part of Team Madigan, CAL MED proudly generates a ready medical force and a medically ready force by delivering innovative, highly reliable healthcare in support of America’s Military Family.


Always Ready, Trusted for Excellence!



I - Integrity

C - Compassion
A - Accountability
R - Respect
E - Excellence

California Medical Detachment History

The California Medical Detachment (CAL MED) is located in Monterey, California and is an integral part of the United States Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey.

Until 1993, the Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital served the Presidio of Monterey for all its health care needs. Designed in1969 and opened in 1972, the hospital replaced the World War II era wooden hospital built in the early 1940s. The newly built hospital was an eight story structure of almost 400,000 square feet with a capacity of 440 beds for contingency operations. The hospital commander and healthcare staff were responsible for the overall health care needs of the military beneficiary population in the region, plus other beneficiaries when space and resources permitted.

Following the Base Realignment and Closure decisions of July 1991, the Army was directed to move the 7th Infantry Division and its support units to then Ft. Lewis, Washington, downsize the post to an enclave consisting of housing units and support elements for families to accommodate the needs of the 5,000 military personnel remaining at the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School, and close the Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital.

In August of 1993, the California Medical Detachment (CAL MED) was established by the U.S. Army Health Services Command to provide regional command and control of six geographically separate Army health and occupational medicine clinics remaining in northern California and western Nevada. CAL MED was under the control of the Northwest Health Services Support Area located at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington.

The mission of CAL MED is to provide quality health care for all active duty service members and families assigned to the Presidio of Monterey including the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Health care is provided on an outpatient basis through the primary care clinic and other health care services on post through contracts with local specialty providers. Inpatient care is provided through the nearest military hospitals (Oakland Naval Hospital or Travis Air Force Base) or through arrangements with Tricare network hospitals.

In 2014 the primary care clinic transitioned to a Patient Centered Medical Home. This transition opened enrollment to service member families.

Contact Us

The California Medical Detachment (CAL MED) 

473 Cabrillo St
Building 422
Presidio of Monterey, CA 93944
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