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Commander ousted, three deputies suspended at Army hospital after deaths

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After two patients in their 20s died unexpectedly in 10 days, the commander of the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., was removed. The decision comes at a time of great concern for the health care of active military and veterans, amidst the swirling Veterans Affairs scandal.

Pentagon data shows that Womack, which performs more than 14,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures a year, had a higher-than-expected rate of surgical complications from January 2010 to July 2013, the latest data available. In March, the hospital suspended all elective surgery for two days after inspectors from the Joint Commission found fault with surgical infection control procedures.

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