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New graduates celebrate with their guests after the Health Care Professionals Graduation Ceremony at Carey Theater on Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 9.

Health Care Professionals Graduation

Madigan Public Affairs

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.

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


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.