On January 1, 1983, a newly constructed hospital was built under the Savannah District Corps of Engineers. The modern four-story structure replaced the World War II cluster of about 70 one-story temporary wood buildings interconnected by ramps and corridors. The four-story main unit was designed so a fifth floor could be added in the future. The hospital also included a one-story outpatient clinic, a one-story light care facility with 30 of 165 beds, a logistics warehouse support building and an energy support facility.
The dedication of Winn Army Community Hospital in honor of Brigadier General Dean Flewellyn Winn, Sr., M.D., a native Georgian, was conducted on May 20, 1983.
With the move and transition to the new hospital accomplished smoothly, the focus was directed to improvement of health care in other areas. In 1983 the services provided to the Hunter Army Airfield community by Tuttle Army Health Clinic also significantly expanded. A well-baby and pediatric clinics and acute ambulatory patient care clinic were established.
Buidling on MEDDAC's guarantee of providing quality health care to out patient population, several innovative health care initiatives were implemented. A full-time diagnostic radiologist contract was awarded in September 1987 and a contract mobile CAT scan unit began servicing Winn Army Community Hospital in October 1987.
By the end of 1990, our efforts were concentrated on planning for receiving casusalties from Operation Desert Storm. We were designated as a secondary receiving center for casualties and began planning to support and expanded in-patient load. We captured additional buildings on post into which we moved services such as Preventive Medicine, Occupationsl Health, Industrial Hygiene, and the Brace Shop, allowing us the space for an additional number of new beds.
With the end of the ground war, our attention now turned to the returning troops. We spent the earlier part of the year medically out processing troops who had returned from the Persian Gulf, returning active duty personnel to their former positions, and reserve and temporary duty backfill personnel to their pre-deployment status. Despite part our our staff being dedicated to the tremendous job of out processing 15,000 personnel, we still provided quality care for our patients.
Fast forward 22 years, on January 23, 2012, Winn Army Community Hospital began a two-part expansion project. The two-story, 65,000 square-foot addition is located on the northwest side of the exisiting facility, adjacent to the outpatient clinic entrance. The first floor houses musculoskeletal functions including: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics and Podiatry. The second floor includes the Behavioral Health Clinic and Social Work Services.
The combined North Troop Medical Clinic and Dental Clinic Six opened on June 20, 2012. The 39,338 square-foot facility provides medical and dental servies to approximately 7,900 active-duty soliders. In addition to primary outpatient care and dental services, the combined North TMC/ Dental Clinic Six also includes behavioral health care, optometry, physical therapy, a pharmacy, a laboratory and radiological services.