Health Beat

During the last six months, Madigan Licensed Practical Nurse Sarah Hodges was “caught” six times for her willingness to help out wherever needed and usually without being asked. Hodges’ peers at the Puyallup Clinic celebrated her team spirit when they named her the Puyallup Clinic MVP for the October 2016 to April 2017 time frame. She has a number of additional duties, including serving as the first chairperson of the Patient Caring Touch System Unit Practice Council, and she is one of the clinic’s primary trainers for new LPN staff. Hodges freely offers her many years of expertise to make the running of the clinic more professional and a place the staff can all be proud to work. Hodges is pictured with Brig. Gen. Ronald Stephens, deputy commander of Regional Health Command-Pacific, who presented her with a coin.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 11:33AM April 14th, 2017

Command Sergeant Major Mark Bivins assumed responsibility of Madigan from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Horace Tyson. Bivins is the new senior enlisted leader for the medical center which provides health care for more than 100,000 active-duty service members, their families and retirees.

Puget Sound Military Health System

Published: 11:33AM April 14th, 2017

In an effort to enhance the overall patient experience, population health nurses recently joined the primary care team at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s medical home ports.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Published: 11:32AM April 14th, 2017

Wendy Patrick, a deputy district attorney in San Diego and a nationally recognized expert on sexual assault, spoke to Madigan Army Medical Center staff members March 31 about the red flags that can help identify sexual predators as a part of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Madigan Intrepid Spirit Transitions Program

Published: 02:27PM March 30th, 2017

The Madigan Intrepid Spirit Transitions Program is a six-week intensive outpatient group which is designed to help eight to 12 service members at a time to better address their complex conditions.

Intermediate Leadership Development Program

Published: 02:25PM March 30th, 2017

Developed in 2014, the two-year Intermediate Leadership Development Program aims to cultivate midlevel civilian employees for future leadership roles.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 03:04PM March 16th, 2017

While immediately after her surgery nearly six months ago, Tessa Fautherree had to go on a liquid diet, she slowly introduced new foods since then to learn what her body can now tolerate. With the nutrition changes before the surgery, Fautherree lost 18 pounds — she’s now lost more than 100 pounds.

National Sleep Awareness Month

Published: 03:03PM March 16th, 2017

Active-duty patients who would like to use Madigan Army Medical Center Sleep Services should ask their primary care managers for referrals. Due to the volume of patients at the clinic, nonactive-duty patients needing sleep specialty services are referred to the TRICARE network by their primary care managers.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 03:01PM March 2nd, 2017

In total, more than 100 audience members joined in the celebration, going on a journey with the speakers from the beginning of Madigan itself when the now-Madigan Annex was built in the 1940s to the opening of its doors at the current hospital in 1992. In 1944, the “Fort Lewis Station Hospital” opened as a barracks-style complex, with nearly eight miles of ramps and corridors spread out over 75 acres.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 02:59PM March 2nd, 2017

Madigan Army Medical Center recently changed its ticket system in the main outpatient pharmacy.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 01:32PM February 16th, 2017

When retired Capt. Ryan Kules first met Col. John Groves in 2005, there wasn’t any time for small talk.

Puget Sound Military Health System

Published: 01:31PM February 16th, 2017

BREMERTON — More than 60 active-duty dental officers gathered Feb. 2 at Naval Hospital Bremerton to attend to the first dental leadership symposium sponsored by the Puget Sound Military Health System.

Dental Health

Published: 01:31PM February 16th, 2017

The mouth has been described as a gateway to the rest of the body. Poor dental health can not only lead to tooth decay and gum disease but it can also have an impact on your overall health.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 12:36PM February 2nd, 2017

Going the extra mile in cases like this earned Danielle Macomber the 2016 Army Medical Department Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator of the Year.

Diet and Exercise

Published: 12:35PM February 2nd, 2017

2ND LT. STEPHANIE TICER

Published: 01:45PM January 19th, 2017

Health Innovation NW, a Puget Sound-area organization, recognized Col. (Dr.) Douglas Maurer for his partnerships with health innovation companies to research health apps which will help patients get better in their time outside of doctors’ offices.

Published: 01:44PM January 19th, 2017

Each nurse can apply for up to a $10,000 loan every three years (with a lifetime loan limit of $60,000), and, in return, agrees to owe the Army three more years on the job.

Published: 02:47PM January 5th, 2017

According to a 2010 study by The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, nearly 45 percent of deployed service members consumed at least one energy drink daily. Nearly 14 percent reported drinking three or more per day.

Published: 02:47PM January 5th, 2017

A collaboration between researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center and the University of Washington-Tacoma may help detect potentially dangerous ectopic pregnancies earlier.

Published: 10:06AM December 12th, 2016

As he walks into the hospital, he sees a winter wonderland of a Christmas tree ahead, decked in gold and white decorations, with birds, deer and other wildlife placed amidst a snow-like scene.

Published: 02:15PM December 8th, 2016

There must be a substantial change in the way Soldiers think about behavioral health care.

Published: 10:41AM November 28th, 2016

Madigan staff received accolades for their efforts to improve the inpatient experience at a ceremony on Nov. 18 at Letterman Auditorium at Madigan Medical Center.

Published: 03:26PM December 7th, 2016

On Nov. 16, the WTB joined with the Soldier and Family Assistance Center to open their doors to community supporters in an open house as a part of the Army’s Warrior Care Month.

Published: 01:48PM November 10th, 2016

Ten students are studying to be dental assistants in the second class of the American Red Cross Dental Assistant Program on JBLM, which operates through a partnership between the American Red Cross and the JBLM Dental Activity.

Published: 01:47PM November 10th, 2016

When patients fail to cancel or show up for their appointment, their health care provider can’t simply shift the rest of the day’s appointments up to fill their space. In short, that time slot goes unused and is wasted time for the health care providers and their staff.

Published: 02:00PM October 27th, 2016

Madigan’s Sleep Service received the accreditation for the first time, and on its first attempt, after the American Academy of Sleep Medicine took a thorough look at the quality of the clinic’s sleep studies and analysis, personnel training, equipment, policies and patient care.

Published: 01:59PM October 27th, 2016

Madigan Army Medical Center will open the Newborn Clinic Annex Tuesday to help ease parents’ transition of their new babies from labor and delivery inpatient to pediatric outpatient.

Published: 01:53PM October 27th, 2016

Madigan Army Medical Center’s commander, Col. Michael Place, has been donating blood since high school for a very important reason.

Published: 02:43PM October 13th, 2016

Proper drug disposal reduces access to dangerous and potentially addictive drugs, such as opioids (such as oxycodone or hydrocodone), and prevents environmental contamination.

Published: 02:43PM October 13th, 2016

The Family Advocacy Program also places emphasis on prevention of domestic violence, and early identification and reporting of abuse. Their Family In Need of Services program offers treatment and case management to families with lower levels of conflict to prevent abuse from occurring.