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POSTED: May 12, 2007 5:03 a.m.
As the Army prepares a final report on hospital problems, Fort Stewart officials say progress is being made on issues identified in a “tiger team” inspections of 11 facilities this past month.
 Wider checking was triggered by a scandal that erupted over conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Concerns at several Army hospitals included poor training of personnel, excessive paperwork and staffing shortages.
A Fort Stewart spokesman said Winn Army Community Hospital Commander Col. Scott Goodrich had increased personnel and was “continuing to work on getting more doctors, nurses and additional staff at Winn.”
Kevin Larson of the Fort Stewart Public Affairs Office said Goodrich had required all WACH staff to take customer service training shortly after he took command in June 2005.
“Paperwork is a reality at any hospital,” Larson said, “Institutions like hospitals require paperwork.”
At the time of the tiger team visit in March, Goodrich said the Fort Stewart hospital had no major deficiencies.
The team was composed of 11 civilian and military experts, headed by Col. Bernard DeKoning, an assistant surgeon general for force protection.
During a press conference, Wednesday Gen. Richard Cody, vice chief of staff, said the Army was finalizing the report based on the inspection team’s visits to 11 bases in seven states.
No information was available on the report’s contents or the expected date of its release. A call to Army medical regional command at Fort Gordon was not returned.
 

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