Madigan Army Medical Center

Employee Furloughs
4:30 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees And Patients At Madigan Army Medical Center

The furloughs at Madigan Army Medical Center are scheduled to remain in effect until September 30.
Credit Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

More than 2,600 civilian employees at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma will begin mandatory one-day-a-week furloughs Monday. The furloughs are a result of the federal spending cuts known as sequestration.

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Trust Enhancement Program
6:22 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Army Surgeon General Suspends “Trust Enhancement” Program Following Investigation

In 2010 the tempo of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were saddling the Army’s Medical Treatment Facilities with thousands of soldiers needing complex healthcare. That same year Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker chartered a task force to help improve trust. He believed trust was the foundation of Army Medicine.

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Army Mental Health
4:06 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

New Army Report Finds Trouble With Behavioral Health System

Issues with the behavioral health system came to light after it was revealed that hundreds of soldiers at Madigan Army Medical Center had their PTSD diagnoses reversed by a forensic psychiatry team.
Credit Madigan Army Medical Center PA

The Army has more than doubled its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers in the past five years. It’s an important step. But it may not be enough. A report out today examines how the Army evaluates soldiers for mental health issues; it finds the system is riddled with problems.

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PTSD Diagnoses
4:39 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Army Refuses To Release Investigation Into PTSD Probe At Madigan Army Medical Center

The Army says it won’t release the investigation into how Madigan Army Medical Center handled some soldier’s diagnoses for PTSD.
Credit Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

The Army says it won’t release the investigation into how Madigan Army Medical Center handled some soldiers' diagnoses for post-traumatic stress disorder. The denial comes one week after the Secretary of the Army was at Joint base Lewis McChord to announce the completion of an Army-wide review on the same subject.

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Army Changing Chronic Pain Care
6:03 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Madigan Army Medical Center Redefines Pain Care

Madigan Army Medical Center is one of a handful of interdisciplinary pain management centers trying to treat more than a soldier’s physical injury.
Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

Service Members and employees at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis McChord in Lakewood plan to observe a moment of silence at 5:46 Tuesday morning. That’s the time 11 years ago that the first plane hit the World Trade Center Tower.

Since that time, thousands of Service Members injured during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan live with chronic pain. Until recently, powerful and addictive pain killing drugs were the first line of defense. But the Army is trying to change that by taking a more nuanced and holistic approach.

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PTSD Diagnosis Investigation
6:42 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Army Gives Few Details On Investigation Into PTSD Diagnoses

A special psychiatry unit at Madigan Army Medical Center will no longer evaluate soldiers with PTSD.
Madigan Army Medical Center press office

This week the Army announced that it will no longer use a special psychiatry unit to evaluate soldiers with PTSD at Madigan Army Medical Center in Lakewood. Thursday, Army leadership from Madigan met with reporters.

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PTSD Diagnosis Revision
4:27 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Army Changes PTSD Diagnosis Process

Madigan Army Medical Center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.
Madigan Army Medical Center press office

The U.S. Army is revising the way it diagnoses soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder. In the Northwest, it means the Army will no longer use a special psychiatric unit at Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma.

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