Army colonel: Fort Jackson hospital not closing

Published: Oct. 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A commander from the Army's largest training installation says the South Carolina base is not losing its community hospital.

Fort Jackson Deputy Commander Col. Mark Shade told a group of military supporters Tuesday that instead of closing, the Army is looking at ending some services that are duplicative of those available in the local community.

The installation commander, Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, told local media several weeks ago the Army Medical Command was looking at possibly closing the hospital.

Shade told the military affairs committee at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce the Army wants to make the small hospital as efficient as possible. It serves about 7,000 military and civilian workers at Fort Jackson, as well as the more than 60,000 soldiers who train there every year.

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