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May 13, 2015 at 5:42am

Nurses awarded

(Madigan Army Medical Center) - Three #TeamMadigan nurses won the Daisy Award, an honor bestowed upon those who provide stellar care with compassion. The winners were
(L-R): Lori Hyland, Madigan Pediatrics; Greg Williams, Winder Clinic; Tamara Smith, Family Medicine Eagle/Falcon Team

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July 8, 2013 at 9:42am

Furloughs: It begins today at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Over the last four months, the Department of Defense has waited anxiously to see if Congress and the president could agree on a plan to reduce the federal deficit and therefore avoid furloughing government civilian employees. Unfortunately, that decision was never reached and, as a result, the DoD is being forced to cut $46 billion over the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1.  

Starting July 8, and continuing for the next 10 weeks through Sept. 30, services and offices at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Madigan Army Medical Center will be subject to mandatory closures and reductions in staff; the furloughs will affect approximately 10,000 employees across the base.

The following is a list changes to expect:


June 27, 2013 at 10:10am

Madigan opens two behavioral health home teams

This arrived at Northwest Military's World Headquarters from the Madigan Public Affairs Office. ...

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Tacoma, Wash. - Nearly all active duty Soldiers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will now receive behavioral health care off the main Madigan campus with the addition of two new behavioral health home teams.  

The Denali and Yukon behavioral health home teams located in the Madigan Annex join five established brigade-level embedded behavioral health teams and the McChord Behavioral Health Home team in providing dedicated behavioral health care aligned with assigned units on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"Behavioral health teams are, by design, able to provide dedicated services to their assigned units improving continuity of care and provider communication with commanders," said Col. (Dr.) Dallas Homas, Madigan commander.  "Feedback on this model of care has been exceptionally positive and I believe this restructuring will continue to fuel the encouraging changes we've seen in defeating the stigma associated with seeking behavioral health services."

In addition to today's opening of the new Madigan home teams in the hospital's annex, a third clinic, the Glacier Clinic, will open in Madigan's main hospital.

This clinic will offer subspecialty behavioral health services like neuropsychology, health psychology, tele-behavioral health and administrative behavioral health services.

June 18, 2013 at 1:05pm

DoD directed sequestration and civilian furlough effects on Madigan

It's an ugly word, one that only Washington, D.C. could come up with. But for many at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it will be an even uglier reality.

The furlough cuts that resulted from the inability of Congress and the White House to compromise during the 2011 debt-limit standoff will officially hit Madigan Army Medial Center Monday, July 8. The DoD directives, causing longer wait times, through Sept. 30, will impact all services.

The McChord Medical, Internal medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Radiology and Madigan's Laboratory, will remain open during the week, but patients may experience longer wait times due to reduced staffing.

Patients will have more time with their smartphones at Madigan pharmacies. Madigan's Outpatient Pharmacy will close Saturdays July 13-Sept. 28. The Mini-Mall Pharmacy will close Tuesdays July 9-Sept. 24. The drive-through window will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

TGIF won't apply to Madigan Family Medicine, including Okubo and Winder clinics. From July 12-Sept. 27 those offices will be closed.

The Allergy/Immunology Clinic will nix Friday walk-in vaccinations and shots.

Audiology Clinic will not listen to walk-in hearing aid repairs Mondays or Fridays.

Orthotics will ironically not allow walk-ins or issue orthotic supplies on Fridays.

Sadly, the Wound Care Clinics will not take walk-ins Tuesdays or Fridays, with longer wait times Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Even the Provost Marshal offices will be closed Fridays July 12-Sept. 27.

Obviously, Madigan is sick about these changes. The Regional Appointment Center will still take calls at 1.800.404.4506 and Madigan's Emergency Room will be fully operational 24/7.

June 18, 2013 at 9:40am

Col. Ramona Fiorey to command Madigan

Col. Ramona M. Fiorey joined Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) July 5, 2012, as only the second Chief of Staff appointed to the nation's flagship military treatment facility. Photo Credit: Sharon Renee Taylor

Col. Ramona Fiorey - a native of Gordon, Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, a Master's Degree in Nursing from Clemson University and a Master's Degree in Public Health from Emory University - will be Madigan Army Medical Center's new commander beginning sometime in August, 2013.

For a complete list of her awesomeness, click here.

May 10, 2013 at 1:15pm

Flash mob busts out at Madigan's medical mall

Hospital employees dance to the popular song "Gangnam Style" at Madigan Army Medical Center, May 6. Photo credit: Sgt. Sarah Enos/5th MPAD

The folks at the 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment on Joint Base Lewis-McChord are, well, mobile. Very mobile. And quick. They have to be quick; it's in their mission statement:  "Its mission is to quickly disseminate command information through high quality video and print coverage to media outlets around the world."

The 5th MPAD does an awesome job covering events and disseminating the information.

The unit's latest dispatch centers on Madigan Army Medical Center's National Nurses Week - specifically a hospital employee flash mob that busted out "Gangnam Style" May 6 at the medical mall. Of course the 5th MPAD was there. Of course Sgt. Sarah Enos of 5th MPAD snapped photos.


July 31, 2012 at 4:28pm

Army announces changes at Madigan Army Medical Center

(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. Lloyd Austin, Army vice chief of staff, announced today that the United States Army has changed how it reviews cases of Soldiers in Madigan Army Medical Center's (MAMC) disability evaluation system who have been diagnosed with PTSD. The change comes following an exhaustive review of the hospital's disability evaluation system directed by Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, after it was learned that some Soldiers diagnosed with PTSD had that finding rejected during a subsequent evaluation at MAMC.

In April, 2012, Austin designated Lt. Gen. David Perkins, commander of the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, to serve as director of the Army's Task Force on Behavioral Health.  In that capacity, Perkins conducted a review of behavioral health policies and procedures related to the disability evaluation system at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Western Regional Medical Command.  Perkins consulted with senior leaders, MAMC health care providers, staff, physical evaluation board liaison officers and Soldiers going through the disability evaluation system, working to gain a better understanding of the forensic psychiatric methods - used by MAMC - in the integrated disability evaluation system and provided input to inform Gen. Austin's review.

"What we found is that the forensic methods are not the right ones for the United States Army disability evaluation system," Austin said, noting that new policies and procedures are in place to review PTSD cases.  "We learned MAMC officials acted in accordance with the standard of practice for civilian disability evaluations.  But we also learned that while the evaluation may be fair and appropriate, it's simply not optimal for the unique cases that the Army diagnoses and reviews.  We've fixed that."

The MAMC developed the forensic psychiatry service to perform a variety of functions - including completing behavioral health evaluations on Soldiers in the disability evaluation system - to make the most accurate diagnosis possible.  The forensic psychiatry service conducted a thorough review of each case, applying a strict interpretation of the diagnostic criteria found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR), the accepted national standard. 

The Army determined that, while forensic psychiatric methods are appropriate under certain circumstances, they do not work well in the disability evaluation system.  As a result of this determination, the Army discontinued its use as part of the disability evaluation system. 

Austin acknowledged the role of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in bringing problems with the evaluation process to the Army's attention.

"The fact that Senator Murray's constituents brought their concerns to her regarding our evaluation process provided the impetus to look at our entire system," Austin said.  "Our health care delivery will be better for it."

Army medical leaders are conducting a series of comprehensive reviews of behavioral health processes at all medical treatment facilities, including MAMC.  

The Army has extended the review of behavioral health diagnoses and evaluation processes in the disability evaluation system by establishing the Army's Task Force on Behavioral Health.  The Task Force is developing a corrective action plan to ensure diagnosis and evaluation best practices are in place Army-wide.  

Austin further announced that he has reinstated Col. Dallas Homas as commander of Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), after determining that Homas did not inappropriately influence Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnoses.  Homas had been temporarily removed as commander while the Army reviewed the hospital's handling of PTSD cases.

"The Army takes very seriously any allegation regarding the health care of our soldiers, and the leaders who provide it," Austin said.  "My review found that Col. Homas did not exert any undue influence over PTSD diagnoses, and that he acted appropriately enforcing standard medical guidelines.  He is, therefore, being returned to duty effective immediately."

Austin also expressed confidence in Homas's leadership of MAMC, as the Army implements new practices and processes to assess Soldiers in the disability evaluation system.  

"Col. Homas began his tenure at MAMC at a critical juncture, as the hospital faced a massive deficit, declining numbers of patients served, and other organizational problems," he said.  "His leadership was important to improving MAMC and I am confident that he is the leader our medical community needs to implement these new systems and ensure world class care for our Soldiers and their families."    

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April 22, 2010 at 2:19pm

Construction to slow traffic at MAMC Gate

The construction of a new barrier emplacement at the Madigan Army Medical Center control access gate will potentially restrict outbound traffic to a single lane.

Chief of Security and Access Control Mel Austin said with a little awareness and planning drivers should be able minimize traffic headaches throughout the construction period from May 5 to Aug. 16.

"I think it will have a moderate effect on inbound traffic between (5 and 9 a.m.)," Austin said. "That's our heaviest inbound traffic period."

The lunch hours will also see some milder backup, he said.

The existing plan, which Austin said is currently under revision, calls for traffic to shift to two inbound lanes and one outbound lane during the inbound barrier construction.

During the outbound barrier construction, MAMC gate would also have two inbound lanes and a single outbound lane on the east shoulder of the road.

However, planners are analyzing possible changes that would accommodate better traffic flow.

"We're considering options for increasing the outflow of afternoon outbound lanes," Austin said.

Among the ideas being considered is the closure of the inbound lanes during peak outbound traffic, he said.

"It may be an option to simply close the gate to inbound traffic from (3:30 to 5:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday," Austin said. "Inbound traffic late in the afternoon is not where our problem is - it's outbound."

Another alternative is using the shoulders to add another outbound lane.

Planners also advise that the project will disrupt traffic around the Madigan Shopette. Because of the plan to modify traffic flow, during the work it will not be possible for customers exiting the shopette to turn left toward Madigan.

Austin said planners still need to coordinate with Washington State Department of Transportation before making final decisions. The new barrier emplacement will be several hundred feet east of existing barriers, putting them farther from the I-5 ramps and security check points.

With major units returning from deployments over the summer, time is of the essence, Austin said.

"We do not want to delay the start of this project," he said.

There are other ways for people to get to MAMC from points on and off post.

Drivers should consider using the Logistics Center, Lincoln-Rainier or Main gates, he said.

With road crews and traffic control personnel working in close proximity to gate traffic, preventing accidents is of critical importance, he said.

"The first thing is safety," Austin said. "It's absolutely essential that people be on their toes and off of their cell phones while driving through the construction site."

Caution and reduced speed around the barrier work is appreciated, he said.

"We ask that people honor the 15 mile per hour speed limit," Austin said.

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January 26, 2010 at 9:05am

Madigan welcoming home troops

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Tacoma, Wash. - Friends, family, local

leadership and coworkers welcome home nearly 30 Madigan Healthcare System

soldiers from recent deployments in a celebratory ceremony at 3 p.m. on Jan.

27 in the hospital.

In addition to warm and welcoming wishes, soldiers and family

members will be presented with a Freedom Team Salute Certificate of

Achievement at the quarterly event signed by the Secretary of the Army and

the Army Chief of Staff.

Professional Filler System.  As part of PROFIS, medical Soldiers

assigned to fixed facility units such as Madigan are ordered to replace,

augment or backfill deploying medical units.  

Madigan commander Col. Jerome Penner III, who recently took command

Aug. 13, 2009, has made recognizing Madigan's deployed and returning

soldiers and their family members one of his top priorities.  In addition to

the redeployment ceremony, two additional events recognize the sacrifices of

deploying Soldiers: quarterly deployment ceremonies and a newly-created

Deployed Warrior Wall.

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January 7, 2010 at 7:32pm

Madigan's NCO and Soldier of the Year

Photo by Hylie Jan Pressey Sgt. Thomas Blaine and Sgt. Justin Thompson receive plaques designating them as the 2009 Madigan Healthcare System NCO and Soldier of the Year competition winners, from MAMC Troop Command’s commander Lt. Col. Jon VanSteenvort

Sgt. Thomas Blaine and Sgt. Justin Thompson receive plaques designating them as the 2009 Madigan Healthcare System NCO and Soldier of the Year competition winners, from MAMC Troop Command's commander Lt. Col. Jon VanSteenvort and Command Sgt. Maj. Mathew Shepardson during Madigan's Holiday Ball Dec.

Sergeant Thomas Blaine and Sgt. Justin Thompson won't have to worry about finding a set of dress blues to wear for next year's Madigan Healthcare System Holiday Ball.

The two received free sets of uniforms during the formal celebration after being named the 2009 Madigan NCO and Soldier of the Year competition winners.

Blaine, a nuclear medicine technician in the Department of Radiology and the 3rd Quarter NCO of the Quarter, and Thompson, a pharmacy technician at the Main Post Mini-Mall Pharmacy and the 2nd Quarter Soldier of the Quarter (he has since been promoted), contended for the title against other Madigan NCOs and Soldiers of the Quarter from the previous year.

Neither of them knew they had won until their names were called during the event.

Throughout the early-November competition, the challengers were unaware of their scores, how well they had done in each event, or where they ranked among the contestants.

The blackout continued until their names were called during the Holiday Ball.

"I just did everything I thought I could do so going into the Holiday Ball; whether I won or not, I was satisfied with the effort I put into the competition," Thompson said.

Participants were tested on the following events:

  • write a timed essay with supporting documents;
  • answer repeated questions from Madigan and Troop Command senior NCOs in an oral board;
  • sweat and persevere through an Army Physical Fitness Test;
  • walk about 15 miles around

Fort Lewis finding points as part of a day and night urban orienteering course;

  • use tactical medical and Soldier Army Warrior Tasks skills and drills in a simulated field environment;
  • shoot as many targets as possible during a day and night rifle qualification;
  • clear an obstacle course;
  • road march about eight miles with a heavy rucksack - this was a mystery event, unknown to the Soldiers until just before start time.

Besides the dress blues, the two Soldiers received sabers engraved with their names, one-year memberships in the Association of the United States Army, plaques, T-shirts, backpacks and, according to both, the coolest gift - coins of excellence with their photos.

Blaine and Thompson plan to use this award to push their own Soldiers to prepare and vie for future NCO and Soldier of the Year titles, Madigan's most coveted enlisted designation.

"To beat complacency, we have to push our Soldiers to do what we did; we have the experience and know what to expect, and it's our mission to train Soldiers better than we were trained," Blaine said.

Because Thompson has been promoted to sergeant, he is ineligible to compete with Blaine at the Western Regional Medical Command NCO and Soldier of the Year event, held later this month at Fort Irwin, Calif. Specialist Robert Fields will take his place.

"I'm grateful for the training I received in this competition," said Thompson, "but disappointed I can't go to the WRMC event, because I'm missing out on extra training."

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