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Category: Madigan Army Medical Center

July
15th

JBLM losing one of its team players as Fires Brigade’s Col. Kamper moves on

Col. Ken Kamper doesn’t miss much at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He’s there when his artillery troops come home from war. He’s there to pay respects when soldiers fall in combat. And Kamper almost always says yes when South Sound communities come looking for an officer in uniform to represent the Army outside the base.

The two-time Iraq veteran who spent eight of the past 10 years at the base south of Tacoma is moving on after two and a half years leading about 2,500 soldiers in the base’s artillery brigade. His 17th Fires Brigade is one of four large Army

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July
1st

Madigan furlough schedule closing medical services on different days of the week

“Friday furloughs” are the norm at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this summer, but the calendar is more complicated for the 120,000 people who rely on Madigan Army Medical Center for care.

The hospital plans to carry out its Pentagon-mandated furloughs of civilian employees on different days of the week, shutting certain services on the days they experience the least demand.

Some services will remain open around the clock and all week. They include the hospital’s emergency room and labor and delivery services.

The offices that will close or experience reduced services between Monday, July 8 and Monday, Sept. 30 are:

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    June
    11th

    Top military brass not ready to release service-wide behavioral health review spurred by Madigan complaints

    Defense leaders still can’t give Sen. Patty Murray a deadline for when they plan to wrap up a service-wide review of military behavioral health programs more than a year after they first committed to her request.

    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta launched the cross-service review last year following complaints from patients at Madigan Army Medical Center who had diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder changed for reasons they could not understand.

    Since then, the Army has released plans to standardize its behavioral health programs. The cross-service review remains incomplete.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Murray during his

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    May
    17th

    Injured JBLM soldier wins two medals at Warrior Games

    An injured soldier from Castle Rock met one of his last goals as he prepares to leave the Army when he cleaned up at the Warrior Games this month, earning two medals in the annual athletic competition for veterans.

    Sgt. Josh Andrew, 26, won a gold medal for the shot put and a silver for his discus throw.

    He’s assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion, where he is receiving treatment for repeated knee injuries he sustained on deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for concussions he suffered from explosions in combat.

    Andrew plans to

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    April
    19th

    JBLM’s new chief of warrior transitions brings a background in medical evacuations

    The Army tapped a veteran helicopter pilot from Oregon with deep experience in medical evacuations to be the newest leader of a unit that cares for ill and injured soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

    Lt. Col. Jeffery Mosso is the fourth commanding officer of the base’s Warrior Transition Battalion, a unit created in 2007 to care for troops in a vulnerable period in their careers when they could either leave the service or return to duty.

    Mosso’s commander, Col. Dallas Homas, said the job has a “noble mission.”

    “For many of your soldiers, you will help carry them through one

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    April
    16th

    Madigan reaching out to Thurston County military families with new clinic in Olympia

    A new Madigan Army Medical Center clinic is opening this week in Olympia to give military families in Thurston County easier access to their health care.

    The clinic is intended to serve about 8,000 patients. Madigan opened a similar clinic in Puyallup last year that has enrolled 6,500 patients.

    “We’re excited to be able to expand the quality health care our families currently receive at Madigan to these nearby clinics,” said Madigan commander Col. Dallas Homas.

    The community clinics take some of the daily traffic out of Madigan’s main hospital at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is typically

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    March
    15th

    Army releases investigation into Madigan PTSD complaints. Read excerpts and full report here

    A 100-page Army investigation into patient complaints at MadiganArmyMedicalCenter reveals a hospital under siege a year ago, where “tearful” discussions about doctors allegedly misdiagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder took place under the scrutiny of Congress and the Pentagon.

    It concludes in part the hospital commander who temporarily lost his job because of the investigation never meddled with PTSD diagnoses, and that the whistleblowers who drew attention to the hospital were misinformed in their criticism.

    The report emphatically backs Madigan commander Col. Dallas Homas, and supports the way the hospital carried out forensic psychiatric evaluations before its doctors were accused of “reversing”

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    March
    8th

    Army report stemming from Madigan complaints recommends overhaul of psychiatric programs


    The Army did not find a systemic bias against diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder in a deep review of its psychiatric programs that was prompted by complaints about doctors at MadiganArmyMedicalCenter.

    In fact, the review of nearly 150,000 cases since the start of the war in Afghanistan shows doctors were as likely to upgrade diagnoses to PTSD from less serious, less expensive conditions as they were to “reverse” them for soldiers seeking medical retirements.

    The Army launched the investigation last year amid complaints that Madigan doctors were downgrading PTSD diagnoses to save the Army money

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