Health Beat


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Transitioning Soldiers in the Career Skills Program roofing course on Joint Base Lewis-McChord get hands-on training from local industry professionals recently.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Madigan Public Affairs

Among the 14 courses to the Career Skills Program on JBLM is the only roofing education program in the Department of Defense.

Clinical Nutrition Services

Published: 01:23PM January 4th, 2018

Doing some meal preparation ahead of time, like on the weekend, can work. Also, involve the whole family in choosing and using new recipes.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 01:42PM December 7th, 2017

Hosted by Madigan Army Medical Center’s Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care, this year’s event featured songs of both the Christian and Jewish faiths, details on the meaning of the Christmas tree and menorah, treats and a visit from Santa.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 01:41PM December 7th, 2017

For their work supporting and leading these Soldiers through their recoveries and transitions, three WTB staff members earned the 2017 Cadre Excellence Awards from the Warrior Care and Transition Program. Mary Ball and Bob Malm received their awards at a ceremony Nov. 22 at the WTB; Sgt. 1st Class Maria Guerra, a former WTB platoon sergeant, was unable to attend.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 12:05PM November 22nd, 2017

Madigan is the first Army military treatment facility and first major military medical center to field MHS GENESIS.

Neural Analytics

Published: 12:04PM November 22nd, 2017

Army funding development of battlefield devices to assess moderate, severe brain injury

Military Family Month

Published: 12:03PM November 22nd, 2017

November, Military Family Month, as designated by the Department of Defense, is a time to thank those who support service members for sacrifices that come with serving our country.

Wilderness Medicine

Published: 02:43PM November 9th, 2017

Both the Northwest Adventure Center ’s instructors and Madigan’s wilderness medicine specialists advise following the guidance contained in the 10 essentials list, which includes what to bring on winter adventures.

Army Medicine

Published: 02:42PM November 9th, 2017

If you have a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes, you have prediabetes. The potential is there that you will develop Type 2 diabetes and all the serious health problems associated with diabetes.

Andersen Simulation Center

Published: 02:01PM October 26th, 2017

Every year, a new graduating class of residents participate in the capstone field training exercise prior to graduation. It ensures the new doctors, who have spent most of their time in college, graduate medical education and a hospital setting get out of the classroom and the clinic to see medicine through a medic’s eyes.

Defense Health Agency

Published: 02:00PM October 26th, 2017

With the TRICARE benefit set to undergo some of the biggest improvements in more than two decades, beneficiaries will be able to take command of their health care through expanded choices.

Army Medical Department Center and School

Published: 03:15PM October 12th, 2017

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.