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  • ARRA: Corps of Engineers upgrades nutrition facilities at 4 Army hospitals

    May 24, 2010

    Projects are renovating and reconfiguring hospitals at Fort Carson, Fort Hood, Fort Eustis and Fort Campbell, all managed by U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.

  • Putting Green Dedication at the Warrior and Family Support Center

    May 21, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- PGA golfers attend putting green dedication at the Warrior and family Support Center May 11.

  • Schoomaker emphasizes values, trust at medical symposium

    May 21, 2010

    SAN ANTONIO -- "Our Soldiers and Families trust in you, as medical professionals, to be technically, physically, emotionally and spiritually prepared to care for them during some of the most difficult and frightening times of their lives," said Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Eric B. Schoomaker, Army surgeon general and commander, U.S. Army Medical Command to more than 2,000 military and civilian medical professionals gathered at the Association of the U.S. Army's Institute of Land Warfare Medical Symposium and Exposition in downtown San Antonio May 17.

  • Madigan earns national environmental award

    May 20, 2010

    Madigan Healthcare System has been awarded the Partner for Change, With Distinction Award from Practice Greenhealth. Madigan received the award May 12 at the CleanMed Conference in Baltimore. The Partner for Change, With Distinction Award recognizes health care facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs. This includes at least 15 percent recycling, an extensive sustainability program and a show of leadership in the local community and/or in the health care sector.

  • Madigan ready for '101 days of summer'

    May 20, 2010

    Many of our fun-in-the-sun activities are specific to the weather and time of year. They may be activities that those of us who love summer dream about and eagerly anticipate all winter long, until we finally get one of those wonderful days when the temperature gets warm enough for shorts and sandals, water sports, camping, baseball, and long road trips sometimes made on two wheeled vehicles.

  • Nurses meet to plan Madigan's future

    May 20, 2010

    Forty-nine Nursing staff members assembled at Dumas Bay Conference Center in Federal Way, Wash., for the Madigan Healthcare System Nursing Strategic Planning Conference April 22 and 23. Participants represented inpatient and outpatient staff of all levels, from the bedside staff nurse to the deputy commander for Nursing, and every position in between.

  • WTC celebrates unit expansion

    May 20, 2010

    The staff at the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center unveiled a new headquarters building during a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at Camp Butler.

  • SECDEF visits Fort Carson

    May 20, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates speaks with Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, and Col. Jimmie O. Keenan, commander, Evans Army Community Hospital, May 18 at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

  • Women should buck history's trend when it comes to smoking

    May 20, 2010

    Each year, on May 31, the World Health Organization promotes World No Tobacco Day in order to increase global awareness of tobacco-related disease and to advocate for stronger anti-tobacco policies and legislation. This year's theme is "gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women."

  • NCOs set bar for "Thunder" squadron medics at NTC

    May 20, 2010

    With more than 17 years as an Army medic and a prior deployment to Iraq, Sgt. 1st Class Randy King, 3rd "Thunder" Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, still preaches the importance of training and leadership to his Soldiers.

  • Golden Knights help mark Signal Corps Anniversary

    May 20, 2010

    Ten nervous but excited Soldiers from 7th Signal Command (Theater) and Fort Gordon, Ga., participated in tandem free fall parachute jumps with members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, recently to help commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Army's Signal Corps.

  • Soldiers parachute for Signal Corps anniversary

    May 20, 2010

    Ten nervous but excited Soldiers from Fort Gordon, Ga., participated in tandem free fall parachute jumps with members of the U. S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, recently to help commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Army's Signal Corps.

  • West Point cadet earns Mason Award, readies for Georgetown

    May 20, 2010

    Col. Michael Deaton, Keller Army Community Hospital commander, presented Class of 2010 Cadet A.J. Pisano with the Richard M. Mason Memorial Award May 11, which honors the cadet with the highest grade point average who is entering medical school. The future Medical Corps officer will be graduating West Point Saturday and continue his education at the School of Medicine at Georgetown University.

  • Medics contend for "EFMB on the DMZ"

    May 20, 2010

  • Joint Base Lewis McChord investigates demobilization concerns

    May 19, 2010

    An inquiry launched Monday by Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., I Corps commanding general, is investigating complaints from Oregon National Guard Soldiers that different standards of treatment exist between reserve-component and active-component Soldiers during the demobilization process at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Georgia football legend visits Fort Stewart WTB

    May 19, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- "There's no shame in my game." That was the message from Herschel Walker, University of Georgia legend and Heisman Trophy winner, to Soldiers of the Warrior Transition Battalion, May 13.

  • Is your helmet part of the recall'

    May 19, 2010

    The Army is recalling 44,000 combat helmets made by ArmorSource and Rabintex. If you were issued one of these helmets, you must turn it in to the Central Issue Facility to be issued a new helmet. Read on to learn how you can tell if your helmet is part of the recall.

  • Foot Soldier: Happy feet in the field

    May 19, 2010

    LabTV: Soldiers are on their feet all day. Footwear engineer Mike Holthe uses his training in biomechanics to create & test boots at an Army research lab in Natick, Mass.

  • Award-winning Soldier lives core values

    May 19, 2010

    Master Sgt. Rey H. Ado Jr. was so busy being a professional Soldier and volunteer that he opted out of attending the May 6 Military Awards Luncheon in Maryland where he was to receive the Army Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award.

  • Winn Army Community Hospital WTB Soldier Medals at Warrior Games

    May 19, 2010

    Cpl. Ryan Shurtleff of Winn Army Community Hospital's Warrior Transition Battalion medaled twice in the Department of Defense's inaugural Warrior Games May 10-14. Shurtleff received a Bronze Medal for Shooting, and a Silver Medal as a member of the Army's (Team 3) Sitting Volleyball Team. Due to injuries sustained from an IED blast in Fall 2009, the right-handed Shurtleff was unable to hold a weapon with his left hand, so three weeks prior to the shooting competition, Shurtleff went to Fort Benning, Ga., to train and learned how to shoot left-handed! "This was awesome -- I want to go back next year and compete again-- I want to compete for as long as I can," he said. "Seeing the single, double and some triple amputees giving their all and having a good time competing was great."

  • New surgery record for ophthalmologists in Honduras

    May 19, 2010

    Since 2004, ophthalmology providers from Madigan Healthcare System have been traveling on a medical readiness mission to improve the vision of Honduras' impoverished population, and this year, the ophthalmology team broke their own record - 288 eye surgeries in nine days.

  • Army Surgeon General discusses medical care

    May 18, 2010

    Army medical personnel are making progress across a broad range of issues affecting health care for Soldiers and their families, according to the Army's top medical officer.

  • Ranch helps Fort Carson wounded warriors adjust

    May 18, 2010

    WESTCLIFFE, Colo.---Dave Roever was a Navy riverboat gunner with the elite brown-water, black-beret unit in Vietnam when he suffered severe combat injuries from a phosphorous grenade exploding in his hand, burning the majority of his body. Roever was hospitalized for 14 months and underwent numerous surgeries. His experiences inspired him to create The Eagles Summit Ranch in Westcliffe, a nonprofit organization created to help wounded Soldiers deal with injuries sustained in combat.

  • Mission never stops at Madigan

    May 18, 2010

    In case you didn't know, Madigan Healthcare System is ramping up to be really busy this summer. This includes the return of all the Soldiers from deployments and the largest held-to-date Warrior Forge - that is, ROTC advance camp for all you gray-hairs out there.

  • JTF Guantanamo veterinarians conduct snake surgery

    May 18, 2010

    Sgt. Ardicio Galvao and Sgt. Jamie Murphy work with a 6-year-old Cuban Boa snake at the Guantanamo Bay Veterinary Treatment Facility.

  • Digital Medical Record System Migrates to Afghanistan Network, Usability and Support Boosted

    May 18, 2010

    The migration of the Army's tactical electronic medical recording system (MC4) onto the Afghanistan enterprise network enables remote maintenance of systems used to document patient care, restock medical supplies and conduct medical situational awareness. The effort marks the first time a standard Army management information system (STAMIS) has successfully migrated its system onto the Afghanistan theater enterprise network.

  • U.S. KFOR Medical honors their own on International Nurses Day

    May 18, 2010

    Multinational Battle Group East Soldiers deployed to Kosovo in support of Falcon Med, the medical unit supporting Camp Bondsteel, celebrated Nurses' Week with a Nurse Recognition day. The main event took place on International Nurses Day, May 12, with a cookout and individual recognition of all the nurses in presentation of gift cards.

  • Medic earns nation's 2nd-highest honor for heroism

    May 17, 2010

    An Army medic's heroism during a firefight in Afghanistan led to his recognition with the U.S. military's second highest decoration for valor.

  • LTG Rick Lynch Visits Winn Army Community Hospital

    May 17, 2010

  • IMCOM Commanding General Visits Winn Army Community Hospital

    May 17, 2010

  • Wounded get taste of professional soccer at Sounders game

    May 14, 2010

    SEATTLE - As they soaked up the first year of Seattle Sounders FC soccer in 2009, Glen Mulkey and Matt Goecks began to wonder what it would be like to share that unique experience with wounded warriors. Mulkey, a corpsman at Naval Hospital Bremerton, and Goecks, a specialist with 110th Chemical Battalion at Joint Base Lewis McChord, loved the camaraderie they discovered as members of the Emerald City Supporters, the Seattle team's support group. They even became founding members of the ESC Armed Services Group for current and former military. Reaching out to the JBLM Warrior Transition Battalion through soccer made perfect sense to the two men. So this year they sought to create a bridge between the Sounders and the WTB.

  • Reintegration a team effort

    May 14, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - With joyous reunions their focal images, ceremonies for military units coming home from combat zones appear from the outside to be simple to organize and execute. What could be easier than calling families to greet their Soldiers - then getting out of the way' Though the operations and deployment pace of units assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord gives units plenty of practice, reunions and reintegrations require time, care and effort.

  • Warrior Games showcase abilities, highlight spirit of competition

    May 14, 2010

    More than 200 wounded warriors came together over the past week in athletic competition to showcase their abilities and potential at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. The U.S. Olympic Committee hosted the games and events, which included shooting, swimming, archery, track, discus, shot put, cycling, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

  • Care at Warrior Transition Units: work in progress

    May 13, 2010

    Top Army leaders say finding the correct equation to caring for wounded Soldiers is an evolving concept -- one that will continue to change as treatment methods are examined.

  • Winn Army Community Hospital partners with community to combat childhood obesity

    May 13, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- To end childhood obesity, Fort Stewart, Liberty County, and the City of Hinesville have united to form the first military/civilian community Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition (We Can!) Program in the country. The community-wide health and fitness campaign was launched with a proclamation signing and meeting between partners, May 7.

  • Herschel Walker Visits WINN's Warrior Transition Battalion

    May 13, 2010

    (Fort Stewart, Ga.) Herschel Walker met with Winn Army Community Hospital Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers May 13 for a frank discussion about overcoming stigma of mental health issues and having the strength to seek help. Walker held captive a crowd of more than 200 with his wit, charm and sincerity while speaking at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Stewart. Walker's mantra "No Shame in My Game" was peppered throughout his presentation emphasizing staying true to yourself, having faith, and the best way to 'man-up' is to seek help when you need it.

  • Fort Bliss EFMB Slideshow

    May 13, 2010

    Photos package of EFMB test held at Fort Bliss, Texas

  • <b>WINN Docs Partner with Community Leaders to Combat Childhood Obesity</b>

    May 12, 2010

    To end childhood obesity, Fort Stewart, Liberty County, and the City of Hinesville have united to form the first military/civilian community Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition (We Can!) Program in the country. The community-wide health and fitness campaign was launched May 7 with a proclamation signing and meeting between partners.

  • WTC commander envisions future of Warrior Games

    May 12, 2010

    It's been only one day since the start of the inaugural Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers at the Olympic Training Center, and the commander of the Warrior Transition Command is already dreaming about future competitions.

  • Speaker of House visits wounded warriors at Landstuhl

    May 11, 2010

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow members of congress visited patients and staff May 10 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. During her bedside visits with injured servicemembers from Iraq and Afghanistan in the Intensive Care Unit and Medical-Surgical Wards, Pelosi thanked Wounded Warriors for their service and commitment to our country.

  • WTU Soldier hopes to make splash at Warrior Games

    May 10, 2010

    Spc. Trevor Mitchell loves swimming and always dreamed of competing at a high level. However, he never expected his deployment injury would provide him with an opportunity to achieve that dream.

  • Livorno health clinic renews commitment to troops and families

    May 10, 2010

    CAMP DARBY, Italy- U.S. Army Garrison Livorno Commander Col. Steven Cade and Command Sgt. Maj. Felix Rodriguez joined Maj. Bryan Walrath, commander of U.S. Army Health Clinic Livorno in signing the Army Medicine Healthcare Covenant May 5.

  • Evans Army Community Hospital provides support during 'Mountain Move'

    May 7, 2010

    DENVER---Fort Carson Soldiers participated in a federal-government-hosted patient reception exercise at Denver International Airport April 14. Operating under the National Disaster Medical System, more than 30 federal and nonfederal agencies gathered to train and rehearse a unified medical response to a simulated earthquake in Utah.

  • Signs of Spring at Fort Hood

    May 7, 2010

    Some places are painted with the colors of new flora and fauna each Spring. In others, rain and wind usher in the month of March and renew April with warm breezes and fresh scents. Central Texas often abounds in new growth, sharp rain showers, and strong wind gusts. At the Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood this year are the sights and sounds of major construction and the excitement of new challenges and creative training.

  • Combat medic receives Purple Heart

    May 7, 2010

    Spc. Robert L. Hunt, a Fort Carson Medical Department Activity emergency room medic, received the award at McMahon Auditorium from Brig. Gen. Gary H. Cheek who praised the Soldier for treating his fellow warriors after he was injured.

  • Wounded warrior on quest for gold

    May 7, 2010

    Sgt. Juan Alcivar will be competing for gold in the inaugural Warrior Games May 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • 1/41 FA medics moving out, marching on

    May 6, 2010

    BAGHDAD - The medics of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment on Camp Stryker, have spent the last few months preparing for a move to a different base. As the move date nears, their plans are slowly transforming from ideas scribbled in notebooks to packed boxes and empty rooms, all while maintaining the top level of medical care possible for their Soldiers.

  • <b>WINN Opens Doors To Pediatric Pharmacy</b>

    May 6, 2010

  • Vice chief of staff visits Fort Carson Warrior Transition Unit

    May 5, 2010

    The Army's vice chief of staff, the commander of the Warrior Transition Command and three congressmen visited Fort Carson's Warrior Transition Unit, May 3.

  • WINN Listens to Fort Stewart Community, Opens Doors to Pediatric Pharmacy

    May 5, 2010

    WINN Opens Pediatric Pharmacy images

  • Behavioral health liaisons provide key link between commanders, Madigan

    May 5, 2010

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord commanders now have a quick and informative resource to use when navigating the many programs in the Madigan Healthcare System Behavioral Health department - behavioral health liaisons.

  • Strength in Diversity: Trilingual nurse helps military families in Europe

    May 5, 2010

    BAMBERG, Germany - The U.S. Army is a melting pot of nationalities. Within this pot there are different languages, cultures and traditions. Jennifer Mezzomo-Dempsey uses her gift of Spanish and Portuguese languages to keep her culture alive in Bamberg, Germany.

  • Surgeon General acknowledges 2010 National Mental Health Month

    May 4, 2010

    An official letter from Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, The Surgeon General and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, acknowledging May 2010 as National Mental Health Month.

  • Fort Bliss begins first EFMB test in more than 10 years

    May 4, 2010

    More than 65 Fort Bliss medical personnel are striving to earn an Expert Field Medical Badge.

  • DOD using virtual reality for PTSD treatment

    May 3, 2010

    A humvee slowly drives down a dusty road in Afghanistan and seconds later, an IED explodes off to the right, causing the windshield to crack and the driver to swerve.

  • Premier medical conference commences in Indonesia

    May 3, 2010

    Hosted at the Shangri La hotel in the heart of Indonesia's largest city with more than eight million residents, the medical conference welcomed attendees from all sides of the Pacific including Australia, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh and New Zealand, to name a few.

  • Resiliency training in Iraq keeps Soldiers strong

    May 1, 2010

    Soldiers have to be prepared for the emotional and mental stress of being deployed away from home. The United States Division - South is working to keep Soldiers in the fight with resiliency training.

  • Registered nurse preps Soldiers to save lives

    May 1, 2010

  • Early, centralized and responsive support among aims of the new Joint Base Lewis-McChord 'Modul

    Apr 30, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Veterans of deployments to combat zones can attest to the elation and frustrations surrounding reunions with loved ones. Expectations run high among Soldiers and family members who have counted the hours to emotional returns. With six major subordinate commands returning in the coming months from Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are working to help military members deal with the surprises that can occur during reintegration - surprises that can devolve quickly into problems.

  • Wounded Warriors find freedom through scuba

    Apr 30, 2010

    He always found freedom in the water, whether floating on rivers or lakes or diving in the ocean. Under-water, the calm settles in while the rest of the world is shut out, said Staff Sgt. Scott Frazier, a Warrior with Charlie Company. "It's just one of the best things in the world," said Frazier, a medic who is also the assistant program manager for the scuba program, a collaborative effort between the Warrior Transition Battalion and Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors.

  • Fort Carson wounded warriors: most satisfied with treatment

    Apr 30, 2010

    Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, Army surgeon general and commander of Army Medical Command, led a media roundtable from the Pentagon - with Fort Carson leadership linked by teleconference - to address a New York Times article's claim that Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Carson were "warehoused," overmedicated and hidden away from the post population.

  • Womack provides specialized care for babies

    Apr 30, 2010

    Babies who are born before their due date require special care and attention that some hospitals may be unable to provide. Womack Army Medical Center has a neonatal infant care unit dedicated to caring for babies who decide to come a little early. The NICU provides specialized, neonatal care to babies with 30 weeks and greater gestation. The unit centers care on the Family, with the parents making all the decisions in the infant's care.

  • 44th Medical Command inactivates, reactivates as 44th Medical Brigade

    Apr 30, 2010

    The Dragon medics of the 44th Medical Command held a one-of-a-kind ceremony at Fort Bragg April 21. The unit was inactivated and reactivated as the 44th Medical Brigade and they held a change of command as well as a commander's retirement ceremony.

  • Medics test their ability to respond to mass casualties

    Apr 30, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. - On the morning of April 7, 2010, rocket exhaust billowed across the early sky and Spc. Derek Kirkman smiled. Following the fading ember, his head turned, and then back again as the second rocket fired, completely obscuring the launcher in a deadly cloud of hot vapors. As a human resources specialist with HHB, 214th Fires Brigade, Kirkman witnessed a side of the Army he had never seen before, and became a little better acquainted with the field artillery mission. However, things were about to become much more intimate.

  • Knox physician finds military life a good fit

    Apr 30, 2010

    FORT KNOX, Ky. -- While the age limit on active duty Army Soldiers has been expanded, few are allowed to enlist after age 42.

  • Soldiers learning to ASIST potential suicides

    Apr 30, 2010

    FORT SILL, Okla. -- If the Soldiers in the chapel looked relaxed, wearing civilian attire, with coffee and other refreshments in the back, the scene belied their somber expressions. Threatening to leap to his death, the chaplain of the 168th Brigade Support Battalion, Chap. (Capt.) Jeremy Plevka, hesitated expectantly. Someone had to say something, and say it quickly. Time out. All eyes turned toward Chap. (Maj.) Milton Johnson, the 214th Fires Brigade chaplain, as he explained some of the finer points of connecting with individuals in crisis. Game on.

  • WINN Warrior Transition Battalion chosen pilot site for Army's Service Dog Training

    Apr 30, 2010

    Winn Army Community Hospital's Warrior Transition Battalion is the chosen pilot site for the Army's Service Dog Training Program.

  • Golf course makes game accessible to disabled vets

    Apr 30, 2010

    Never an easy game, golf becomes even more difficult for those with physical challenges. For years, the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in nearby Lakewood has made the game accessible to disabled veterans with its innovative programs. With the opening of its new $1.3 million Rehabilitation and Learning Center, the course will improve that access.

  • WINN's Warrior Transition Battalion Chosen For Army's Service Dog Training Program

    Apr 29, 2010

    WINN's WTB Chosen as Pilot Site for Army Service Dog Training

  • Medical exercises begin in Haiti

    Apr 28, 2010

    Lines of people seemed to come out of nowhere as hundreds of Haitians living in the Roche au Boteaux area lined the road, waiting for the opening ceremony of the Medical Readiness Training Exercise, or MEDRETE, to be completed and the make shift medical clinic to officially open April 26.

  • Surgeon general: Nothing to hide at WTUs

    Apr 27, 2010

    The Army surgeon general invited members of the press, politicians and especially parents and families of Soldiers now assigned to the Army's "Warrior Transition Units" to see for themselves what conditions exist there.

  • Army Battlefield Medical Records Program Director Earns Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service

    Apr 27, 2010

  • Army dentists create smiles in Nicaragua

    Apr 27, 2010

    In support of U.S. Army South's Beyond the Horizon mission, the Army Reserve's 307th Dental Company from Vallejo, Calif., returned from Mateare, Nicaragua, after providing dental services for over 1,200 Nicaraguans from April 12 - 22.

  • Sexual assault impact is detrimental to Army family

    Apr 27, 2010

    The message reinforced the theme for April, which is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month: 'What hurts one, affects all. Preventing sexual assault is everyone's duty.'

  • Army medical researchers in Kenya mark World Malaria Day 2010

    Apr 27, 2010

    Hundreds of local people gathered Sunday at Kit Mikayi primary school to mark World Malaria Day 2010 with educational skits, songs and dance.

  • Renovations raise the bar for Presidio community member medical care

    Apr 26, 2010

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Presidio of Monterey's medical clinic, run by the California Medical Detachment, is in the final phase of a $22-million upgrade.

  • Bringing closure to wounded Veterans

    Apr 26, 2010

    "They had me hidden in the sergeant major's office," said Staff Sgt. Julio Arredondo, "They told me he was looking all around." Moments later, the governance noncommissioned officer with the 486th Civil Affair Battalion emerged and surprised his brother, Sgt. (Retired) Juan Arredondo, both natives of Coachella, Calif., during a welcoming ceremony at the al-Faw Palace in Baghdad, April 5, 2010.

  • Creation of the U.S. Army Public Health Command

    Apr 25, 2010

    <b>What is it' </b> The commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command has directed the establishment of a U.S. Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) as a subordinate command. The creation of the USAPHC will integrate select missions from the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine and the U.S. Army Veterinary Command (VETCOM) to form the core of the USAPHC. The USAPHC became provisional on Oct. 1, 2009, and includes all of the USACHPPM missions and services. Select missions (levels III-V) of VETCOM will become part of the USAPHC (Prov) in spring of 2010 and fully integrate by Oct. 1, 2010.

  • Adm. Mike Mullen visits Pittsburgh about veterans' benefits

    Apr 25, 2010

    Adm. Mike Mullen's visit to Pittsburgh and panel discussion at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum at the University of Pittsburgh about veterans' benefits.

  • Wounded Warriors return to Iraq to share experiences

    Apr 23, 2010

    The April 9 visit offered the Soldiers -- some still active, some medically retired -- the opportunity to go full-circle regarding the wounds that precipitated their sudden, and unexpected, return home. Their day here included a visit to the 1st Battalion, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade, where they had the opportunity to check out the Army's state-of-the-art armored vehicles

  • Warrior transition unit commander speaks to healthcare professionals

    Apr 23, 2010

    A unit at Fort Benning, Ga., is using technology to develop an enhanced comprehensive transition plan for all wounded warriors.

  • 44th MEDICAL COMMAND INACTIVATES, REACTIVATES AS 44TH MEDICAL BRIGADE

    Apr 22, 2010

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The Dragon medics of the 44th Medical Command held a one-of-a-kind ceremony here today. The unit were inactivated and reactivated as the 44th Medical Brigade, and they held change-of-command as well as a commander's retirement ceremony.

  • MEDDAC fields intramural marksmanship team

    Apr 16, 2010

    The New Year brought a new addition to Martin Army Community Hospital with the fielding of the first USA Medical Department Activity Intramural Marksmanship Team. "Why did we form a team - because we didn't have one," said SSG Micah Smith, the team captain and NCO in charge of the hospital's Mother and Baby Unit. But the team's mission is more than just competing for the MEDDAC in a variety of sanctioned shooting events - the team members are also committed to helping improve marksmanship and combat readiness of MEDDAC Soldiers. Smith, a longtime shooter and "gun nut" was looking for opportunities to compete in a number of open invitational matches held throughout the year. In mid-January, he found four other Soldiers interested and willing to shoot. The team first competed in the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning Pistol Championship Feb. 3-5 and in the All-Army Small Arms Championships held on post Feb. 20-27. Among the obstacles the team faced were coordinating their hospital work schedules and finding weapons to shoot with. Since the hospital has no armorer, no arms room and no weapons, MEDDAC Soldiers borrow weapons from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to use for qualification.

  • Wounded Soldiers seek growth at Warrior Games

    Apr 16, 2010

    Each of the 200 disabled veterans and wounded servicemembers training for next month's inaugural Warrior Games has demons to battle and obstacles to overcome.

  • MACH nurse returns from Haiti mission

    Apr 15, 2010

    FORT BENNING, Ga. - CPT Manuel Galaviz is a Soldier with two jobs. In his first, he's the company commander for A Company, Martin Army Community Hospital Troop Command. In his second, he's the brigade nurse for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the unit currently tasked as the country's Global Response Force.

  • Inaugural Walk for Autism

    Apr 15, 2010

    Over 400 participants came together for Fort Campbell's first official Walk for Autism April 10 at the Division Parade Field.

  • Surgeon general says new centers to help with blast injuries

    Apr 15, 2010

    The Army surgeon general told members of Congress, April 13, that the Defense Centers of Excellence, especially for psychological health and traumatic brain injury, provide great promise for wounded warriors.

  • Still time to get H1N1 vaccines

    Apr 15, 2010

    Non-active duty TRICARE Prime enrollees face a deadline at the end of this month if they want to get vaccinations against H1N1 influenza from a non-network provider without a referral from their primary-care managers.

  • Reserve Medical Soldiers Rise to Become the Army's Top Medic Team

    Apr 15, 2010

    Two Army Reserve Soldiers were named the top medic team in the Army during the 7th Annual Expert Field Medical Competition (EFMC).

  • Warrior Games athletes train in archery

    Apr 15, 2010

    Swish ... thunk! A line of Soldiers sends arrow after arrow into a series of round targets 30 meters away. Their true targets, however, are much higher, for these are warriors recovering from injuries. They hope to bring home medals from the first Warrior Games and, beyond that, to show that their injured bodies can still be successful at physical endeavors.

  • Holistic fitness, a family affair

    Apr 14, 2010

    The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program takes a holistic approach to fitness by optimizing five dimensions of strength: Physical, Emotional, Social, Spiritual and Family.

  • Military Veterinarians in Iraq Tracking Animal Care Electronically

    Apr 14, 2010

    In January, military veterinarians in Balad began documenting animal care electronically using the same system used by providers to chart the care for Soldiers-Medical Communication for Combat Casualty Care (MC4).

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord WTB medevac team ready to help

    Apr 13, 2010

    It starts with waiting, on a near-empty tarmac, for the patients to arrive at the next stop on their medical journey. Most of them were medically evacuated from Iraq or Afghanistan, had spent time in Germany and the East coast, and have been on the move for the last 24 hours. Although receiving continuous medical care, many of their lives are tumultuous, as they wait to find out what will happen with their health, careers, and future overall. And the staff with the Warrior Transition Battalion's medical evacuation platoon are just the ones to help.

  • New commander of Western Region Medical Command visits Madigan

    Apr 13, 2010

    Western Regional Medical Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Philip Volpe visited Madigan Healthcare System on a rainy Monday in late March as part of his command orientation tour.

  • Madigan honors returning Warriors with coming home ceremony

    Apr 13, 2010

    The hard work and dedication of Pates and 14 other Soldiers were recognized March 31 at a Warrior Recognition Ceremony at Madigan Army Medical Center. Ceremonies are held quarterly to honor Madigan Soldiers who are deployed individually or in small groups through the Army Medical Department's Professional Filler System.

  • Education, awareness are essentials for TBI treatment

    Apr 13, 2010

    Sgt. Shane Sherer was 12 days from leaving northern Afghanistan when a mortar round tore through a nearby vehicle and exploded about seven to 12 feet away from him. Sherer shared his story as part of a presentation at Madigan Army Medical Center recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month, a national event that cultivates understanding about brain injuries.

  • Healing is a team effort for Madigan social workers

    Apr 13, 2010

    About 70 members of Madigan Army Medical Center's Department of Social Work spent a recent afternoon at the downtown Tacoma YMCA, but they didn't go to exercise. Instead, they were taking part in team-building tasks to celebrate National Social Work Month.

  • Prostate cancer clinic provides patients one-stop shop for treatment options

    Apr 13, 2010

    To help reduce the shock and fear associated with cancer, these two departments created a Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic to provide a simple one-stop shop for prostate cancer patients to discuss their treatment options, answer questions and get one-on-one face-time with the doctors and nurses who will have complete oversight of their care.

  • Madigan employees are engaged community partners

    Apr 13, 2010

    Employees at Madigan Healthcare System take part in many different community events, but some employees go above and beyond to give back to the South Sound community.

  • Madigan throws party for 4-year-old fighting cancer

    Apr 13, 2010

    It wasn't her birthday, however it was a party to honor Abigail's fight for her life. After almost a year of treatments at Madigan Army Medical Center for rhabdomyosarcoma, a muscle cancer, Abigail has ended chemotherapy and is now in remission.

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