NC Military Hospitals Reviewed In Wake Of Walter Reed Scandal

North Carolina's three military hospitals have been contacted or visited recently by Pentagon fact-finding teams in the wake of disclosures of shoddy care at one of the country's top Army hospitals.

A spokeswoman for Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg says a team of about two dozen people from the Defense Department visited that hospital. It's the state's largest military hospital.

Spokeswoman Shannon Lynch said yesterday that the team requested hospital data, visited clinics and toured barracks where soldiers stay when receiving outpatient care.

Officials say Marine hospitals at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, and a clinic at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base also have been contacted.

President Bush has ordered a comprehensive review of conditions at military and veterans hospitals after substandard outpatient care was revealed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D-C.

Military hospitals have been overwhelmed by injured troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.