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Vitter says Bayne Jones cuts on hold for now

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U.S. Sen David Vitter says that there won't be any cuts to Fort Polk's Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital for now.
Vitter, in a news release on Monday, said he followed up on a meeting with Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General, and Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, regarding Bayne Jones Hospital at Fort Polk.
"The Army was considering downgrading the hospital to a clinic, but General Horoho told Vitter they are putting the decision on hold and Bayne Jones would remain open as a hospital. Vitter also pressed this issue with General Raymond Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army, in a meeting and at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week," the release states.
“This is a positive announcement for Fort Polk,” Vitter said in the release. “The Army leadership is committed to keeping close communication with the community and our Congressional delegation to ensure the right health care solutions are in place for each base. No matter how much effort it takes, I’ll continue explaining to the Army how vital Fort Polk is to our national defense.”
Currently, the Army Medical Command is reviewing potential plans to downgrade a number of Army hospitals to clinics that they say can be supported by the surrounding community.
Bayne Jones is on that list, according to Vitter.
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