In the latest fallout from the controversy over outpatient care of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army forced its surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, to retire, officials said.
Kiley, who headed Walter Reed from 2002 to 2004, submitted his retirement request on Sunday, the Army said in a statement issued Monday.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Michael Tucker has been named to the newly created position of deputy commanding general at 261-bed Walter Reed. Tucker, a former noncommissioned officer who rose through the ranks to become commander of Fort Knox, Ky., will lead under Maj. Gen. Eric Schoomaker in the turnaround effort at the beleaguered military hospital.
Separately, Gail Wilensky, a senior fellow at Project HOPE and a longtime health policy shaper, and Edward Eckenhoff, chief executive officer of the 137-bed National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, have been named along with five others to serve on a presidential commission designed to review the quality of care wounded servicemen and servicewomen receive when they return stateside.
President Bush ordered the commission on March 6 and named former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) as its co-chairs. The members also include: former Army Capt. Marc Giammatteo; former Naval hospital corpsman Jose Ramos; veterans’ activist Tammy Edwards; developer Kenneth Fisher; and C. Martin Harris, chief information officer and chairman of the technology division at the Cleveland Clinic. -- The Associated Press contributed to this article.