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Madigan Public Affairs

Pfc. Jacob Parker checks the vitals of a mannequin in the simulation lab of the training facility at Madigan Annex Sept. 20.

Army Medical Department Center and School

Madigan Public Affairs

With more than 200 advanced individual training students on site at any given time and 100 program graduates a year, students are integral to all that Madigan does.

Expert Field Medical Badge

Published: 03:14PM October 12th, 2017

More than 200 candidates from JBLM and other parts of the western United States began testing Sept. 16. Only 29 Soldiers made it to the final event, the 12-mile foot march, which began at 5 a.m. Sept. 28 along East Gate Road and ended at Cowan Stadium three hours later. Twenty-six Soldiers finished in time, earning the coveted badge.

Army Medicine

Published: 03:13PM October 12th, 2017

To combat bad eating habits and promote a healthier lifestyle for Soldiers on the go, several years ago, Army Medicine introduced the performance triad, an educational campaign promoting the values of exercise, nutrition and sleep to build resiliency and increase troop readiness.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 02:44PM September 28th, 2017

The job shadowing started six months ago to build camaraderie and improve communication between surgical residents and nurses; just recently, family medicine residents joined in, too.

Deean Marsh Great Friend to Children Award

Published: 02:41PM September 28th, 2017

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma recognized Madigan’s stalwart support of children and families by awarding it the 2017 Deean Marsh Great Friend to Children Award at this year’s Power of Play Lunch Tuesday at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma.


Published: 02:40PM September 28th, 2017

Suicide prevention is a complex challenge. A long series of decisions and interventions are required where each decision and intervention influence the subsequent decisions.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 05:04PM September 14th, 2017

Madigan is a part of the first wave of military treatment facilities to begin using this new system, joining other military bases in the state — Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor and Naval Hospital Bremerton — as the pilot sites for MHS GENESIS.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Published: 05:03PM September 14th, 2017

The 5210 rule is fairly universal but his clinic has added nine to the rule to represent the nine hours of recommended sleep per night because when people are properly rested they make better decisions and tend to avoid unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Suicide Prevention Month

Published: 05:01PM September 14th, 2017

Making progress toward this goal requires buy in from everyone in the Air Force, and the other branches in the Department of Defense, from its most senior leaders to junior enlisted. Everyone has a role to play in prevention.

Regional Health Command-Pacific

Published: 12:57PM August 31st, 2017

The competition was designed to physically and mentally challenge each Soldier and test their readiness, tactical medical proficiency and leadership skills. Competitors faced a demanding, continuous and realistic simulated operational environment.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 12:56PM August 31st, 2017

The automated laboratory equipment has a price tag of $700,000; Madigan is only one of eight facilities in the country with this new capability — not even Johns Hopkins or the Mayo Clinic has this level of automation yet, said Col. Michael Place, Madigan commander.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Published: 12:55PM August 31st, 2017

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinations from birth through adulthood to provide a lifetime of protection.

Published: 02:16PM August 25th, 2017

As students and parents get ready for the new school year, Madigan Army Medical Center kids can get both immunizations and school physicals at their Madigan clinics and at participating area schools.

Published: 02:09PM August 25th, 2017

Healthy school lunches can be a struggle, especially for military families stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Anthony Arambula, a clinical dietician for Madigan Army Medical Center, has tips for planning and preparing healthy, nutritious lunches for students.

Department of Defense-Veterans Affairs

Published: 03:32PM August 17th, 2017

The idea for this collaboration was largely credited to its namesake, Maj. Gen. William Gourley, a 36-year Army veteran. After retirement in 1989, Gourley chose to settle in Monterey near his old posting of Fort Ord. His passion for serving Soldiers led him to take a strong role in the restructuring of the fort after it was closed in 1994 and begin an intense campaign to convince the VA to open a clinic there.

Regional Health Command-Pacific

Published: 03:31PM August 17th, 2017

The region adopted a 2-mile long portion of DuPont-Steilacoom Road, just outside the gates of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in 2016.


Published: 03:30PM August 17th, 2017

Tobacco products labeled as light, hand-rolled, natural, herbal, clove, flavored, menthol, cigars or cigarillos, nor the byproducts of hookah smoke or e-cigarette vapor have been proven to be safer, according to McRae.

Puget Sound Military Health System

Published: 02:57PM August 10th, 2017

The team was recognized for its efforts in launching a program to treat some active-duty sleep apnea patients using an obstructive sleep apnea dental device fitted by military dentists. The program is projected to save more than $600,000 annually within the Puget Sound Military Health System.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 02:55PM August 10th, 2017

To better serve its increasing number of patients, the Puyallup Community Medical Home developed a plan to not only increase square footage, but also renovate current space so it could be used more efficiently.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 03:42PM July 20th, 2017

Madigan consultants cover the fields of adolescent medicine, medical informatics, neurology, pathology and surety medicine for Army Medicine. Consultants are field grade officers who go through a lengthy process to apply for the four- to six-year position.

Warrior Web

Published: 03:29PM July 20th, 2017

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Thanks to a new “suit” being developed by the Department of Defense-funded Warrior Web program, future Soldiers will be able to march longer, carry heavier gear and improve mental sharpness.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 02:34PM July 6th, 2017

About 60 service members and veterans got to try their hand at creating glass art with the Hot Shop Heroes program in the Warrior Transition Battalion quad on Joint Base Lewis-McChord from June 22 to 24.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 02:33PM July 6th, 2017

After serving 26 years in the Air Force, Lawrence Kalahiki went on to serve 24 more years as a civil servant and is still serving.

Health Care Professionals Graduation

Published: 02:42PM June 30th, 2017

After three years as a resident, advancing from book knowledge to practice experience, Capt. (Dr.) Matt Nestander was one of the 101 graduates from 28 medical programs at Madigan who walked across the stage at the Health Care Professionals Graduation Ceremony at Carey Theater to emerge as credentialed providers

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 01:51PM June 22nd, 2017

Lt. Col. Jason Bothwell, who is Madigan’s program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, earned the distinguished award from the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association for his outstanding performance and leadership as a program director.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 12:48PM June 8th, 2017

This is the WTB Music Group, an informal gathering of WTB Soldiers, veterans and volunteers who meet weekly to share the one thing they all have in common— a love of music.

Regional Health Command-Pacific

Published: 12:47PM June 8th, 2017

There are multiple ways to get assistance in getting better sleep. Ironically, there is an app for your phone called “CBT-I coach.” This app assists with tracking sleep and providing suggestions to increase the quality and duration of sleep.

PTSD Awareness Month

Published: 12:46PM June 8th, 2017

T2’s AfterDeployment, Military Kids Connect and mobile apps help many cope with PTSD.

Jordan Binion Project

Published: 01:54PM May 25th, 2017

Willie and Deb Binion established the Jordan Binion Project, which provides mental health education to high school students. Since 2011, the couple’s initiative has reached more than 50,000 students in Pierce and King counties with a message of awareness, compassion and hope.

Spring Allergies

Published: 01:53PM May 25th, 2017

It is commonly believed that eating local honey reduces allergy symptoms from local pollens. A quick internet search for honey and seasonal allergies leads to claims of its wonder working power. But can honey really protect against seasonal allergies?