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Fort Stewart MEDDAC under new leadership

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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

A new commander is leading Fort Stewart's medical activity.

Col. Paul Cordts handed over command to Col. Ronald Place during a change of command ceremony this Thursday.

Place also reaffirmed Winn Army Hospitals commitment to making healthy care services a priority.

During Colonel Cordts two-year service to Winn he had many accomplishments, including beginning a women wellness center and opening a new clinic in Richmond Hill.

"As you know we have opened up a clinic in Richmond Hill part of our Richmond Hill medical home and we've also set up two teams in our family practice, but under this concept our soldiers and families will have better access to care, better continuity to care, better prevention and promotion services," said Cordts.

During his time at Winn Col. Cordts also overcame a hostage situation involving a former soldier. As a result, three of the soldiers were awarded medals of bravery, the former soldier was provided with medical assistance and the hospital stepped up its' security measures.

"Right now we are a little bit higher level of force protection," said Cordts. "We have instituted id card checks for anyone who is coming into the hospital. We've also limited access to the hospital to two or three places where you can get in, so that event in September raised our awareness about security in the hospital where these violent events can occur."

Cordtz leaves Fort Stewart to take a position at Fort Campbell.

"I am sad to be leaving, it is a bittersweet moment," said Cordts. "I feel our team invested our heart and soul in Winn MEDDAC, our staff and both military and civilian that work at the hospital and in taking care of the soldier and families part of the 3rd infantry division."

Place recently complete a two-year command at Fort Knox and Ireland Army Community Hospital.

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