After 20-Somethings Die, Army Fires Hospital Chief
Womack Medical Center had been cited for surgical infection control before
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 28, 2014 9:45 AM CDT
In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to reporters at the Pentagon.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – The US Army fired the commander of the Womack Army Medical Center yesterday, following the deaths of two patients in their 20s over the past 10 days. Both deaths were attributed to lapses in surgical infection control—something inspectors had dinged Womack for in March, the New York Times reports. The Army said it had "lost trust and confidence" in Col. Steven Brewster, who had been scheduled to change command on June 18, the Fayetteville Observer reports.

One 29-year-old mother of three died following a routine tubal ligation. When she returned to the hospital three hours after surgery, she wasn't rushed through triage as protocol dictates, and left after a two-hour wait. She died the next morning. The Army's hospital system isn't related to the embattled Veterans Affairs facilities, but Chuck Hagel yesterday ordered a full review of it, in part because of the scrutiny of the VA. "He wants to make sure that to the degree that we have any similar issues that we are aggressively going after them," the Pentagon press secretary says.

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May 28, 2014 11:34 AM CDT
Big difference is that local hospitals don't disclose hospital acquired infections. Frontline just covered this. And they routinely turn away anyone without insurance who isn't at risk of immediate death or the charges destroy them financially. Our state refused to expand medicare under the Affordable Care Act. We still pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes for expanding Federal coverage of those too poor to buy on the insurance exchange. But our fanatical GOP Gov and legislators require those monies go to help people in other states instead of our own through their refusal to expand medicare that is 100% paid for under the Act. Good job, Utah - NOT! IMHO.
I'm Your Huckleberry
May 28, 2014 10:04 AM CDT
And the liberals just forced Obamacare on all American citizens despite our expressed rejection. Do libtards understand that we are all in the veterans situation now? The VA needs to go private and our healthcare should stay private as well. Let Obama give his free insurance away through the existing VA. I don't want it; i don't mind paying for my quality healthcare.
I'm Your Huckleberry
May 28, 2014 9:59 AM CDT
Fast N Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting, fraudulent Obamacare claims, VA incompetence, outing CIA agents: This sure looks like the most incompetent, corrupt administration we've ever had.