"I'll know what the needs are, what the strengths are, and what we need to be focusing on in Congress," Carter said. "This is extremely important, it's extremely important to this base, but this base is extremely important to our military, and to our national readiness."
During his visit, Carter met with nationally recognized Soldiers and Civilians. U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Stewart Soldier, Sgt. Joseph Drumgold, the 2016 U.S. Army MEDDAC- Fort Stewart NCO of the year, was one of the five Soldiers and Civilians who were introduced to the visiting congressman.
"Being recognized was a great experience; it was pretty cool to meet a Congressman, especially one from our district," Drumgold said. "We also got to show him how the hospital is as a unit, and how we're ready to serve the community at Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Georgia in any capacity."
Winn Commander, Col. Christopher Warner, highlighted his respect and admiration for the Soldiers and staff who work tirelessly to provide highly reliable, safe, high-quality healthcare.
"We're very proud of the outstanding committed staff we have here at Winn Army Community Hospital," Warner said. "We wanted to highlight some of those outstanding folks, both our Civilians that have been here for an extended period of time and are committed to the success of the organization, and those who have achieved national level success."
After his introduction, Carter received a first-hand look at Winn's mission of medical readiness.
"This facility is funded by the tax payers' dollars and approved by congressional funds," Warner said. "To see the investment they've made, and see the benefits that it's giving both in the readiness that it's helping to contribute to the military forces here, as well as, the ready medical force that it's producing to support the Army if called upon abroad, but also to supporting this community, being a resource to the entire area."
In an effort to highlight how Winn stays medically ready, Warner and Winn leadership guided Carter on a tour of the medical treatment facility, to include the Out-Patient Pharmacy, the Liberty Wing, Primary Care, Physical Therapy, the Emergency Department, and finished the visit in the Mother/Baby unit.
"The improvements that they have made are significant," Carter said, speaking about the leadership and staff at Winn. "I think it serves their population very well. [I am] very impressed with the maternity unit. When you hear about Winn, that's the first thing you hear about is Labor and Delivery, and of course the new emergency room. I know it's going to serve the purposes and needs of this area for many years to come."
Finishing out his visit, Carter focused in on how the hospital supports several of the local universities and schools within the surrounding Coastal Georgia region through medical education.