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Ian Gunyea, right, a certified physician assistant, charts patient notes at Madigan Army Medical Center on May 17.

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The accreditation looked at not just the bariatric surgery program itself, but also at supporting subspecialties such as emergency medicine and interventional radiology.

10th Medical Group

Published: 01:18PM May 24th, 2018

Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Marc Neuffer, chief of cornea and refractive surgery at the 10th Medical Group, corrected Air Force satellite engineer Capt. Brent Danner’s degenerative eye condition with an innovative laser surgery, called collagen crosslinking.

Performance Triad Guide

Published: 01:17PM May 24th, 2018

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nonactive adults need about 0.4 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily. According to the Performance Triad Guide, service members conducting three to five physical readiness training sessions per week, plus strength training or endurance training, need 0.7 to 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 02:48PM April 26th, 2018

The Joint Tele-Critical Care Network’s center in Madigan’s hospital tower opened April 18.

Alcohol Awareness Month

Published: 02:46PM April 26th, 2018

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and one forgotten aspect of alcohol to be aware of is the calories.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 02:11PM April 5th, 2018

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members can now join a newly-formed support group at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Published: 04:30PM March 29th, 2018

Residents at Madigan Army Medical Center are reducing the use of opioids by surgery patients thanks to new quality improvement projects.

National Nutrition Month

Published: 04:29PM March 29th, 2018

Spring is the time for fresh starts and new beginnings — a time to look, once again, at priorities and motivations. As National Nutrition Month comes to a close, the attention brings the importance of dietary choices into sharper focus.

Vision Health

Published: 12:15PM March 2nd, 2018

According to the National Eye Institute, keratoconus is the most common corneal dystrophy — degeneration of tissue of the cornea — in the U.S., affecting one in every 2,000 Americans. Now, with corneal cross-linking, Madigan Army Medical Center is treating the disease successfully.

Regional Health Command-Pacific

Published: 12:19PM March 2nd, 2018

When a fellow passenger lost oxygen and experienced chest pains last summer while flying at 35,000 feet in the air, Dr. Curtis Hobbs, of Madigan Army Medical Center, stepped up to stabilize him and make sure he landed safely.

Georgian Ministry of Defense

Published: 02:07PM February 1st, 2018

Stepping into the role of senior medical adviser for the Georgian Ministry of Defense in February, Frank Bannister is nearing completion of a yearlong deployment.

Fitness Trackers

Published: 02:06PM February 1st, 2018

These heat maps from fitness trackers can show military bases and may be used to target individuals.


Published: 02:05PM February 1st, 2018

The key to good nutrition is eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, diary, lean meats and fish.

Warrior Transition Battalion

Published: 01:24PM January 4th, 2018

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.