Army hospital leader removed amid probe

Feb. 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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TACOMA, Wash., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- An investigation of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder at a Washington military hospital has led to the removal of the commander, the Army announced.

The Army Medical Command has opened an investigation into the methods and treatment of screening PTSD patients at Madigan Healthcare System, on the military installation Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma area, and announced Monday it has relieved Col. Dallas Homas of his command, The Seattle Times reported.

The facility has seen a large number of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the newspaper reported.

The investigation is examining complaints by soldiers their PTSD diagnoses were improperly reversed. At a meeting of the U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee meeting earlier in February, Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho said the investigation would also examine if the influence of command was responsible for the 2010 closing of a PTSD treatment program at Madigan.

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