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Col.. Michael Place, left, Madigan commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Bivins, second to left, Madigan command sergeant major, chat with veterans after the ribbon-cutting event for the Major General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic near Monterey, Calif., Aug. 3.

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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?

758th Forward Surgical Team

Published: 01:53PM May 25th, 2017

During the weeklong training exercise, Soldiers of the 758th Forward Surgical Team set up a six-tent hospital system just outside Madigan as they would if deployed. Branstetter, also a professional filler to the forward surgical team, would deploy with the unit if it were called to action.

Madigan Research Day

Published: 03:19PM May 11th, 2017

Although only 18 research projects were presented at the event, more than 100 were submitted for consideration and 50 projects were highlighted as poster displays.

Nutrition and Health

Published: 09:22AM May 17th, 2017

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor, color, and interest to your meals, all without adding extra calories.

Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence

Published: 09:13AM May 16th, 2017

Although for seven years in a row, Madigan has been awarded several of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence awards, 2017 marks Madigan’s first time receiving the highest award in the Partner for Change award echelon, the Emerald Award.

Primary Care Service Line

Published: 02:31PM April 27th, 2017

Breastfeeding moms and moms-to-be are now getting more support thanks to a lactation education course for Madigan healthcare staff.

Emergency Physician Assistant of the Year

Published: 02:28PM April 27th, 2017

Maj. Jonathan Monti of Madigan Army Medical Center recently earned the title of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant of the Year.

Published: 11:34AM April 14th, 2017

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.