Joint Commission surveyors made a surprise inspection for cause of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington last week in an effort to scrutinize the hospitals discharge practices, leadership and environment of care that led to patients going missing.
According to the Quality Check Web site, its inspectors had last visited the hospital on Sept. 23, 2005, and the facility was fully accredited.
The Joint Commission said it did not include Walter Reeds troubled Building 18 in its survey because it is not a site of care.
U.S. Army Secretary Francis Harvey resigned on Friday over quality-of-care issues that have come to light at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, and President
Bush said he would form a new bipartisan commission and charge its members with
conducting a thorough review of the care that Americas veterans receive when they
This review will examine their treatment from the time they leave the battlefield
through their return to civilian life as veterans, so we can ensure that we are
meeting their physical and mental health needs, Bush said in a written transcript of
his Saturday radio address, which was provided to news agencies in advance. Bush said
he will announce the commission members and a deadline for their report in the coming
Harveys surprise resignation came a day after he relieved Maj. Gen. George W.
WeightmanWalter Reeds beleaguered chiefof his command and installed Lt. Gen. Kevin
Kiley, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command, to the post.
Before he resigned, Harvey outlined a 30-day action plan focusing on soldier
accountability, health and welfare, infrastructure, medical administrative process and
Bushs investigation into the care that servicemen and women receive is the third one
that has been announced since the Washington Post ran a series of reports on
the squalid conditions some veterans have had to endure in an outpatient dorm at
Walter Reed. The reports also showed a tangle of bureaucratic red tape that at times