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Madigan team ready to serve in 2013

Published: 11:08AM January 17th, 2013

As we begin 2013, I am once again reminded of what an honor it is to be your Director of Health Services leading Madigan Army Medical Center as your health care provider on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Madigan is the second largest military treatment facility in the Army. It is charged with providing safe, quality health care to more than 120,000 service members, retirees and their families in Washington and California. It also serves as the regional referral center for specialty care to the entire western United States.

With such a large, critical mission, the Madigan team is constantly looking to improve its processes and is currently implementing some very important initiatives to better serve you.

First, we’ve expanded our behavioral health care with the launch of embedded behavioral health teams. Madigan behavioral health providers are now located directly with some 7th Infantry Division brigades. Ultimately, we will be standing up other embedded behavioral health teams throughout the I Corps. Feedback on this initiative from both sides — patients and providers — has been phenomenally positive. Bringing care directly to Soldiers where they live and work is definitely the right direction and one that we will continue.

Another behavioral health service that we’re extremely proud of is our Child and Family Assistance Center. Through the CAFAC, Madigan offers many excellent programs designed especially for the families of our active duty service members. This program continues to grow and is an exceptional resource for this important part of our community.

Next, we’ve seen changes in our delivery of primary care. Building upon the patient-centered concept, but with an eye specifically on the Army war fighter, we opened the Soldier Centered Medical Home for 17th Fires and 555th Engineer brigades. This pilot has far surpassed all expectations and by again going to where Soldiers live and work, we’re able to provide a higher level of care with close, easy access. Soldiers have told us they appreciate having onsite access to needed services, such as physical therapy and nutrition care. I’m hopeful the collaboration between Army Medicine, Installation Management Command and Forces Command will continue to develop this promising service.

As Madigan continues to expand and grow its programs in the new year, staff will also be busy implementing the recently published “Army 2020 Medicine Strategy.” At the heart of this strategy, we’ll be spotlighting wellness and striving to impact our patients’ total health, not just responding to illness. One way we’ll do this is through the “Performance Triad” which basically summarizes the simple truth that all of us need a balance of three things to build and sustain health ... sleep, activity and nutrition.

One very visible way Madigan is introducing the overall strategy of wellness is with the implementation of a tobacco-free campus. As of Jan. 1, tobacco products and other nicotine delivery devices are no longer permitted at Madigan Army Medical Center, Madigan Annex, Winder Family Medical Clinic, Okubo Family Medicine Clinic on Lewis North and McChord Clinic on McChord Field.

By setting a healthy example, we hope people will embrace the opportunities to maximize their wellness and improve their health. I know for many of our patients and staff quitting tobacco is a lifestyle change, but we’re not asking you to go at it alone. Give Madigan’s Tobacco Cessation coordinator a call at 968-4387 for details. Again, I am honored to be entrusted with the health of you and your family. My Madigan team is ready to work for you and with you to improve and maintain your health in 2013.

Serving to Heal ... Honored to Serve.