Archive: Western Regional Medical Command

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  • Regional Health Command-Pacific, 2015 in Review

    Dec 30, 2015

    2015 was a monumental year for the Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P); a year filled with transformation, development, growth and recommitment to excellence. The RHC-P will continue to be committed to excellence in the upcoming year.

  • Fort Greely Army Medical Home opens

    Dec 28, 2015

    Fort Greely residents celebrated the official opening of the Fort Greely Army Medical Home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of a standing room only crowd, Dec. 15.

  • 2015 banner year for Army medicine

    Dec 23, 2015

    Army medical researchers continued to make great strides during 2015 in new technologies designed to save lives, reduce injuries and improve Soldier physical performance.

  • Western Regional Medical Command set to officially merge with Regional Health Command -- Pacific

    Dec 23, 2015

    After more than a year of planning and coordinating, the Western Regional Medical Command is scheduled to finalize its merger with the Regional Health Command-Pacific, on Jan. 8, 2016.

  • WRMC welcomes new commander

    Dec 9, 2015

    Major General Thomas R. Tempel Jr. relinquished command of the Western Regional Medical Command to incoming commander Col. Christopher A. Gruber during a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Nov. 24.

  • Military, medical leaders join for community dinner to discuss health in the Puget Sound region

    Nov 27, 2015

    Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, I Corps commanding general; Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel, former Western Regional Medical Command commanding general and Puget Sound Military Health System market manager, Navy Capt. Denise Holdridge, acting Puget Sound MHS market manager and chief operating officer along with chief executives and leaders from the local medical community raise their glasses for a toast during a community leader dinner Nov. 19 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Among the topics of dinner conversation were optimizing and partnering to improve health in the Puget Sound region.

  • CSM ends tenure at WRMC, looks back on 32 years of service

    Nov 27, 2015

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- The U.S. Army's Western Regional Medical Command bid farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Marshall L. Huffman and welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha A. Gavia as the command's senior enlisted advisor Nov. 18 at the French Theater on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

  • Medical Readiness Assessment Tool (MRAT)

    Nov 24, 2015

    The Medical Readiness Assessment Tool (MRAT) is a cloud-based, three-applications-in-one electronic decision support and screening tool that allows U.S. Army clinicians and non-clinician leaders to more proactively maintain Soldier readiness.

  • Winter Season Safety

    Nov 19, 2015

    The Military District of Washington Command Safety Manager offers tips and resources on how to stay safe this winter season.

  • 'Walk to Remember' honors children who passed, their families

    Nov 13, 2015

    More than 80 families who lost babies to miscarriages or childbirth complications over the last year gathered to participate in the "Walk to Remember" ceremony Oct. 15 at the Madigan Chapel.

  • 'Family taking care of family' at Madigan

    Nov 13, 2015

    At first, they thought the pain was just a side effect of her cough. Doris Roberts believed her medication was causing her abdomen to ache, while her son Rob assumed her heavy cough was hurting her ribs. So Doris settled into a routine that last week of June: unpack a few boxes in the morning, as she settled into the new addition on her son's house she had just moved to from Virginia, and in the afternoon, lay down with a heating pad on her abs.

  • JBLM breaks ground on new TBI, PTS center

    Nov 13, 2015

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund leadership broke ground here Oct. 29, 2015, on an Intrepid Spirit Center that will diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and chronic pain.

  • 'Blood and tears' of war on display at Soldiers' first art exhibit

    Nov 13, 2015

    At one of the far walls of the museum's entrance are tall concrete-like barriers, backdrops to art pieces depicting an IED, a memorial display, and the tears and blood of war -- glass embodiments of the gritty reality of combat. Through March, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma is exhibiting a small collection of works of the Soldiers and veterans who are the students in the Hot Shop Heroes program, a joint venture between the museum and the Warrior Transition Battalion here which allows them to heal through the art of blowing glass.

  • Practice food safety during the holidays

    Nov 3, 2015

    Nothing draws us closer together than enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal with the ones we love, but things can take a turn for the worse if food safety is not kept in mind. Approximately 48 million people get sick from foodborne illness each year.

  • Northwest dental company stages exercise

    Nov 3, 2015

    The 673rd Dental Company (Area Support), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, recently conducted 60 hours of continuous operations, training more than 20 dentists and technicians and supporting the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility.

  • Flu prevention: what you may not know

    Nov 2, 2015

    The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is spread when viral particles from an infected person travel through the air from a cough, sneeze or even talking. The best way to prevent flu infection is by getting a flu vaccine.

  • Military family members graduate from JBLM's newly implemented dental assistant program

    Oct 6, 2015

    Nine students graduated from the American Red Cross Dental Assistant Program during an Oct. 15 ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Four Chaplains Chapel.

  • Dark journeys need company, support, encouragement

    Sep 17, 2015

    His journey as a chaplain started at Fort Irwin, California. It didn't take long for him to learn that phone calls after midnight were never good. Arriving at a home after a 2 a.m. phone call, he stepped up to the screen door and looking into the house. He could see the arms a spouse were wrapped in towels and blood soaked. Seeing him, she stood up. She looked him right in the eye and said something like, "You can keep me from bleeding, but you can't keep me from dying." And then collapsed unconscious on the floor.

  • Regional Health Command-Pacific crowns their 2015 Best Medics

    Sep 17, 2015

    The Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) held their annual Best Medic Competition, September 15-17, 2015. The competitors represented units from throughout the RHC-P in hopes of being selected as the Top 2 candidates who will go on to represent the RHC-P during the United States Army Medical Command's (MEDCOM) Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Best Medic Competition, to be held October 28-30, 2015 at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA).

  • RHC-P IG office hosts USARPAC IG Training

    Sep 17, 2015

    Members from throughout United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) Inspector General (IG) community gathered for USARPAC's Quarterly IG Training. This quarter's training was sponsored and hosted by the Regional Health Command-Pacific's (RHC-P) IG Office and Lt. Col. Vernon Wheeler, IG, RHC-P, at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) on September 17, 2015.

  • Milley co-hosts Pacific conference in Bali

    Sep 15, 2015

    The U.S. and Indonesian armies officially opened the 9th Pacific Armies Chiefs Conference today in Bali, Indonesia.

  • Military, civilian health care executives aim for increased collaboration

    Sep 15, 2015

    A group of 35 senior military and civilian health care executives gathered at the Cedarbrook Lodge for the Puget Sound Health Care Executive Roundtable, Sept. 10-11.

  • Submissions Requested for a Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Recognition Event

    Sep 3, 2015

    The Office of Warrior Care Policy, in coordination with the Military Services, is encouraging wounded, ill, and injured Service members to submit photos and descriptions of their personal artwork to determine possible participants in a Wounded Warrior Healing Arts recognition event scheduled to take place on November 12, 2015 at the Pentagon.

  • Suicide prevention starts with you: Learn to identify and act on warning signs

    Sep 2, 2015

    Suicide prevention starts with you and your attention to the Soldiers you know best.

  • Add fruits and veggies to diet for better nutrition

    Sep 2, 2015

    According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, fruits and vegetables should be consumed more than any other food group because of their many benefits.

  • Keller Army Community Hospital's (KACH) PT Fellowship receives accreditation

    Aug 28, 2015

    The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency & Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), the American Physical Therapy Association's accreditation body, has approved the KACH Division I Sports Fellowship, as an ABPTRFE-accredited Sports Division I physical therapy fellowship program.

  • Fort Carson Veterinary Center earns accreditation

    Aug 27, 2015

    The Fort Carson Veterinary Center staff recently completed its accreditation, a voluntary step the center's staff made to improve their services for the installation community.

  • About face: Madigan docs treat patients with facial paralysis

    Aug 26, 2015

    Unfortunately for Proby, the expression on her face told a different story. As a result of facial nerve injuries after a car accident, the nerves on her right side of her face were less active than the ones on her left, making it appear as if one side was drooping. Her right eyebrow didn't raise, the outer corner of her right eye sagged and the right side of her neck was in spasm. Proby is one of many patients seen by Maj. (Dr.) Marc Hohman, a board-certified facial plastic and microvascular surgeon at the Madigan Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Clinic.

  • CALMED Detachment Soldiers win 2015 WRMC Best Medic Team Competition

    Aug 11, 2015

    Teams from up and down the West Coast participated in this year's Western Regional Medical Command-Best Medic Team Competition, which was held on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Aug. 4-7.

  • Madigan provided lifelong care for family

    Aug 7, 2015

    The staff at Madigan Army Medical Center first started taking care of the McLauchlan family 64 years ago. In 1951, their son David needed care for polio, so the family uprooted from the Panama Canal Zone to Madigan at then-Fort Lewis, Wash. Throughout the career of 1st Sgt. David Russell McLauchlan, a combat engineer for the Army, the family kept on returning to Fort Lewis because they needed to be stationed near medical centers for David's care. The rest of the family was cared for by Madigan as outpatients and inpatients over the years.

  • Madigan's school clinics doubly recognized

    Aug 6, 2015

    Madigan Army Medical Center earned double recognition this summer for bringing health care right to the schools of military families' children. The School Based Health Centers caught the attention of both the U.S. Medical Command and the non-profit Military Child Education Coalition, earning the MEDCOM System for Health Gold Award and the 2015 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence award respectively.

  • Breastfeeding is healthier for baby, mom

    Aug 6, 2015

    Both babies and moms can benefit from breastfeeding since it boosts their overall health while strengthening the mother-baby bond. That's one of the key themes that Madigan Army Medical Center lactation consultants like Maria Walden are trying to get across during the World Breastfeeding Week, which ends Friday. This year's overall focus is to support women who work and breastfeed.

  • Protection against infectious diseases

    Aug 3, 2015

    Vaccines against disease are said to be one of the greatest public health interventions of the 20th century. Although these are seen as major achievements in health and wellness around the world, the discussion about vaccines continues.

  • Keep in step to stay active and healthy

    Aug 3, 2015

    As the summer season ends, do not let the changes in weather and daylight keep you from staying active. Commit to maintaining your health through regular activity during all the seasons of the year by not limiting your idea of physical activity.

  • GLWACH's "BIPASS" catches fire Army-wide

    Aug 3, 2015

    An appointment scheduling system that meets patients' needs to the maximum degree possible, in concert with maximum potential use of hospital resources, was bound to spread like wildfire throughout Army Medicine. After five months in development, and another five in operation, key leaders from the Army Office of the Surgeon General, Army Medical Command, and General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital met July 29 to begin planning for Army-wide system implementation. The Beneficiary Instant Provider Appointment Scheduling System (BIPASS) allows Emergency Room visitors to be seen by any provider in the facility with an open appointment, bypassing a long wait in the Emergency Room waiting room.

  • "STEMI-hot load" helicopter patient transport procedure 68 percent faster

    Aug 3, 2015

    A new protocol used to transfer heart attack patients via helicopter from the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital has safely and significantly reduced overall patient transfer time via helicopter. Called "STEMI-hot load," (segment elevation myocardial infarction) the practice gets heart attack patients to a facility capable of performing cardiac catheterization 68 percent faster.

  • Experts recommend breastfeeding as best choice for mother, baby health

    Jul 30, 2015

    The focus of World Breastfeeding Week during August 1-7 is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months because of the many health benefits linked to breastfeeding. Many military moms find breastfeeding difficult when they return to work and some active duty mothers do not think it is even possible. But there are some useful suggestions passed on by military moms that have been successful.

  • Communication Tool Valuable to Staff, Family Members

    Jul 30, 2015

    Communication among staff members in a complex and challenging environment like a burn intensive care unit is critical to providing optimal medical care. With that in mind, a communication tool was designed by staff members to improve communication between all healthcare team members at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center Intensive Care Unit at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

  • RHC-P CG meets with the Armed Forces (India) Director of Medical Services

    Jul 29, 2015

    HONOLULU -- Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, Commanding General, Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P) met with Lt. Gen. B.K. Chopra, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (India), and other the top medical leaders from the Indian Armed Forces Medical Services, to discuss the best practices for using the U.S. Military Healthcare System model to improve quality of care, the impacts of the Performance Triad on the overall health of Soldiers, the potential to see Armed Forces Medical Services (India) providers receive training at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School (AMEDD C&S), and how to increase access to care for Indian Armed Forces Service Members, family members and retirees, on July 29, 2015, at the RHC-P Headquarters.

  • Robotic da Vinci arrives at Evans

    Jul 28, 2015

    In the late 15th Century Leonardo da Vinci created anatomically correct drawings of humans that assisted doctors for centuries. Now in the 21st Century a new da Vinci has arrived at Fort Carson to assist Evans Army Community Hospital's doctors. The da Vinci is a robotic surgical system that will allow the doctors to perform less invasive surgery than before. The device allows for much smaller incisions in patients than those required for traditional surgery.

  • Chaplain brings 'wild hope' to Soldiers

    Jul 23, 2015

    Chaplain (Maj.) George Wallace doesn't always reach Soldiers through traditional sermons, prayers or group discussions. Sometimes, a simple little nudge will do.

  • Madigan named 'Most Wired' hospital

    Jul 23, 2015

    Madigan Army Medical Center earned the honor of being named one of the Most Wired hospitals in 2015 thanks to its use of technology across the board to positively impact patient care.

  • Tripler NCOs train federal marshals in Army style (Combatives)

    Jul 20, 2015

    Members of United States Marshals, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents practiced the techniques taught by TAMC NCOs during the Modern Army Combatives Program training.

  • New Madigan SCMH brings care to Soldiers

    Jul 10, 2015

    The newest Soldier-Centered Medical Home under Madigan Army Medical Center opened its doors in May, serving about 4500 Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division right in their backyard.

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction finds a place in the military

    Jul 7, 2015

    Mindfulness-based meditation and the military are generally two things that one would not associate with one another.

  • RWBAHC welcomes new top doc to command

    Jul 7, 2015

    Fort Huachuca, Arizona - Soldiers, family and friends gathered at Brown Parade Field at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., for the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center change of command ceremony June 29, 2015. After two years, Col. Lance Raney relinquished his command to Lt. Col. Edgar Arroyo in an early morning ceremony on the storied parade field.

  • Evans stand down battles chronic pain

    Jul 7, 2015

    Chronic Pain is a common condition that affects over 116 million U.S. adults at a cost of $560 to 635 billion annually. Evans Army Community Hospital is working to battle this problem by educating its staff during a Pain Stand Down Day, June 18. The day included two 3-hour sessions led by guest lecturers for Evans healthcare teams, as well as providers from the Air Force Academy and Peterson Air Force Base.

  • The Army Surgeon General meets with U.K. Military Medical Department

    Jun 30, 2015

    Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army Surgeon General met with the Director General Army Medical Services, United Kingdom Maj. Gen. Jeremy Rowan

  • Army dentist retires after 30 years of active, Reserve service

    Jun 30, 2015

    PUYALLUP, Wash. -- An Army dentist's 30-year career came full circle when two general officers wished him congratulations on the occasion of his retirement June 27. Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., commanding general, Western Regional Medical Command, and chief, Army Dental Corps, presided over the retirement ceremony at Pierce County Airport for Col. David Thomas, who was retiring from the U.S. Army Reserve.

  • Health center welcomes new leadership

    Jun 29, 2015

    Soldiers, family and friends gathered at Brown Parade Field at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., for the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center change of command ceremony June 29, 2015.

  • PRMC Command Team visits Bangladesh Army Leaders

    Jun 29, 2015

    The Command Team from the Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC), Brig Gen. Patrick Sargent and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Luciano spend some time in Bangladesh, June 22-26, 2015, to meet with senior Bangladesh Army Leaders; using Army Medicine's abilities to strengthen PRMC and USARPAC's relationships with Partner Nations throughout the Pacific.

  • Independence Day Holiday Safety 2015

    Jun 26, 2015

    We are proud to call America our home and blessed to live in a Nation of unmatched freedom and opportunity. I encourage you to reflect on the values we hold and the freedoms we cherish as we celebrate our Nation's 239th Birthday.

  • Team Army sails to victory on and off the court

    Jun 26, 2015

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va - For Catrin Lara, every father's day is special.

  • Madigan bridges gap for behavioral patients

    Jun 26, 2015

    For some, war memories tumble out without warning, disrupting otherwise normal moments in their lives. Others need the tools to change how they're approaching the world, since their current approach just isn't working. Yet others still need a spiritual nudge, a reminder that there may be room in their spiritual beliefs for forgiveness, if needed, and that the spirit can provide inspiration and hope to heal the mind.

  • Madigan earns environmental honors

    Jun 26, 2015

    The green efforts of Madigan Army Medical Center earned it the honor of being awarded the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award in May.

  • Trauma registry yields significant increase in traumatic injury survival rates

    Jun 23, 2015

    Trauma care, within the Department of Defense, is a continuous and enduring mission in peacetime or wartime. Recent improvements in the delivery of trauma care in-theater have resulted in a case fatality rate of less than 10 percent.

  • Team Army Continues Winning Ways in Wheelchair Basketball

    Jun 22, 2015

    The Team Army wheelchair basketball team closed out its first day at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games by beating the team from the United Kingdom, 31-23. The competition at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, was held on June 20.

  • Team Army Rebounds Against Special Operations Command in DoD Warrior Games

    Jun 22, 2015

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- The Team Army wheelchair basketball team showed its resilience by beating Special Operations Command, 39-22, in their fourth game at the 2015 DoD Warrior Games. Saturday's games determine seeding for the final tournament. The competition at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, was held on June 20.

  • WRMC joins veterans, Korean communities commemorating 65 years of partnership

    Jun 22, 2015

    More than 300 people from the local veteran, military and Korean communities turned out Saturday, June 20, here to recognize the beginning of a long and enduring relationship between two countries.

  • Army Wheelchair Team drops game to Marines at DoD Warrior Games

    Jun 20, 2015

    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. -- Team Army ran into a roadblock falling to the Marines 52-30 in wheelchair basketball at the 2015 DoD Warrior Games. Today's games determine seeding for the final tournament. The competition at Marine Corps Base Quantico was held on June 20.

  • Physical therapists part of interdisciplinary team helping DOD Warrior Games athletes

    Jun 19, 2015

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- The athletes and coaches have arrived. Team Army is ready for the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games, and by their side is a robust team of support staff, including physical therapists.

  • Archery propels Army reservist towards successful life trajectory

    Jun 19, 2015

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote "Nothing external to you has any power over you." It's a lesson in personal growth that Capt. Joe Colón Jr., parachute rigger out of Fort Bragg and archery finalist in the June 19-29 Warrior Games, learned bit by bit over the course of transitioning after a jump injury.

  • Cox targets gold during Warrior Game

    Jun 18, 2015

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Army Spc. Laurel Cox often describes herself as a free spirit, but a few minutes with her, and her self-description seems anything but that.

  • Three head east in search of gold at Quantico

    Jun 16, 2015

    Three Soldiers from the Fort Carson Warrior Transition Battalion have headed east in search of gold during the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games. The Warrior Games showcases the skills and celebrates the triumphs and personal courage of 270 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from all military branches and our partners in the British Armed Forces. The games are being held June 18 to 28 at Marines Corps Base Quantico, Vir.

  • Soldier finds new ways to take flight

    Jun 14, 2015

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Chief Warrant Officer 3 Timothy Sifuentes has flown more than 2,300 hours and completed nearly 1,000 combat missions in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. The pilot acknowledged that flying is a part of who he is. So when injuries to his back, knee and a tear in his right glute forced him out of the cockpit, he had to find a new way to soar.

  • Sergeant seeking more than medals during Warrior Games

    Jun 11, 2015

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- He's often found with a smile on his face, giving a high five as others pass by or lending a helping hand to a fellow athlete. So it's no surprise that Sgt. Nicholas Titman, assigned to the Fort Carson, Colorado, Warrior Transition Battalion, won the Pride Award at the Army Trials in April for his sportsmanship and motivation.

  • Evans command gets Hart

    Jun 10, 2015

    During a change of responsibility ceremony at Evans Army Community Hospital Command Sgt. Maj. William Rost relinquished responsibility of the Medical Department Activity to Command Sgt. Maj. Theon Hart, June 5. "No matter what I say, I will fall short in giving proper recognition and honor to Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Rost and all that he has done for our organization," said Col. Dennis LeMaster, MEDDAC commander. "He brought us three things: Leadership, wisdom, and a Soldier who was a stellar example to follow."

  • Nursing team first to take part in national program

    Jun 10, 2015

    Four junior nurses here are trying to make a big difference in how doctors, nurses, and other medical staff talk to each other and to patients.

  • Healing waters help Soldier cope with cancer

    Jun 7, 2015

    "It's cancer." Two words people hope to never hear. And as Sgt. Kawaiola Nahale, an Army Reserve budget analyst with the 311th Signal Company at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, faced the diagnosis and associated complications, it was a non-medical complication, which was among the hardest.

  • Joint DoD/VA training symposium, collaboration keeps experts on cutting edge of limb-loss care

    Jun 5, 2015

    Approximately 100 medical experts from the DoD and VA attended the 2015 Federal Advanced Amputation Skills Training (FAAST) Symposium, May 19-21. Leading experts and health care professionals of these two federal healthcare systems joined in a collective effort to share information and collaborate on how to best care for service members and veterans who have sustained limb-loss or other traumatic injury.

  • Spousal/Caregiver Programs Crucial in Soldiers' Healing

    Jun 5, 2015

    Fort Hood Warrior Transition Unit's spousal transition workshops, marriage retreats, career workshops and Soldier and Family Assistance Center's resources and counseling services, as well as her Soldier in Transition husband's command team, gave former Army spouse Stephanie Booth direction when she felt everything was "proverbially dumped on the floor."

  • Evans, a high reliability organization: Working toward zero preventable harm

    Jun 4, 2015

    For companies around the world mistakes are often an inevitable part of doing business. Whether the mom and pop grocery store down the street or a world-wide conglomerate, mistakes will happen. These may result in a broken jar of pickles or a disastrous oil spill. The health care field is likewise not immune from mistakes, but the Evans Army Community Hospital staff is striving for zero preventable harm to their patients and to become a High Reliability Organization

  • Tripler Army Medical Center trains for MASCAL operations

    Jun 4, 2015

    As hurricane season begins and as part of both a state wide initiative and accreditation with the Joint Comission, Tripler Army Medical Center participated in a drill to exercise the processes for receiving and treating large numbers of unplanned casualties from natural and man-made disasters or any large influx of patients that overwhelms the common operational capabilities.

  • Wedding crashers: Healthy habits before the big day

    Jun 3, 2015

    Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season, which, in turn, is the unofficial start of wedding season. As brides and grooms debate over center pieces and floral arrangements, the stress and excitement of one of the most memorable days in a person's life can lead to unhealthy eating habits, potentially creating the starting point toward an unhealthy lifestyle. Looking perfect in their wedding gowns or tuxedos is near the top of the nuptials to-do list, and some people will go to the extremes to achieve that goal.

  • Prevention and early detection can improve men's health

    Jun 1, 2015

    Each June, the nation celebrates Men's Health Month to increase awareness of preventable health issues and encourage early detection and treatment for men and boys.

  • Take stock of your spiritual fitness

    Jun 1, 2015

    Whether you are a Soldier or Department of Army civilian, family member or retiree, taking stock of your health will reap great benefits. What about your spiritual fitness?

  • System allows a few patients to'BIPASS' ER waiting room

    May 28, 2015

    The new Beneficiary Instant Physician Appointment Scheduling System or BIPASS makes booking an appointment faster, easier and more convenient at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.

  • Carson WTB gets new commander

    May 26, 2015

    The Warrior Transition Battalion held a Change of Command ceremony May 19 at the Colorado National Guard's regional training center on Fort Carson. Lt. Col. Aaron Termain relinquished command to Lt. Col. David Laydon. "Warrior Transition Battalions are very, very special," said Col. Dennis LeMaster, Fort Carson's Medical Department Activity commander. "They serve as a healing refuge for our Nation's Soldiers whether they be wounded, ill, or injured." LeMaster said that due to the unique mission of the Warrior Transition Battalion "the very best cadre" are selected to lead and care for Soldiers assigned to the battalion.

  • Health center gets new enlisted leadership

    May 22, 2015

    Fort Huachuca, Arizona - The Soldiers and staff of Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center bid farewell to their senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Douglas Noetzleman, in a retirement and change of responsibility ceremony here May 15.

  • Memorial Day: Respect, Honor, Remember the Fallen

    May 22, 2015

    On the final Monday in May, we, as a nation, honor the sacrifice of our fallen men and women in uniform. We honor their lives, their courage, their legacy and their service. The freedoms every American enjoys today have been guaranteed by the sacrifice of our fallen Service members. Although Memorial Day is a dedicated holiday, we should remember and honor our fallen Service members every day.

  • $1 million study to focus on chronic pain

    Feb 5, 2015

    Researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center will soon start studying new ways to address chronic pain thanks to a $1 million, three-year research grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

  • Show your heart some love

    Feb 2, 2015

    February is American Heart Month, a time to bring awareness to the risks of heart disease and ways to stay 'heart healthy.'

  • Baby Fair delivers education, confidence to new parents

    Feb 2, 2015

    Stroller parking, nutritious pregnancy foods, and the chance to meet their future pediatrics providers were just a few of the things that maternity patients and their supporters encountered at Madigan Army Medical Center's first Baby Fair on Jan. 24. More than 300 people attended the fair, which focused on providing education on subjects related to pregnancy and newborns as well as highlighting Madigan's obstetrics and pediatrics services.

  • Remote Soldiers come to post for Soldier review

    Jan 28, 2015

    When the Soldiers in your command are spread out over six states you don't get to see them on a regular basis. That is the case for the commander of the Fort Carson Community Care Unit. To meet the challenge, Capt. Jennae Pitts, CCU commander, has instituted a biannual Soldier Readiness Review.

  • Non-battle injuries result in more medical evacuations than combat

    Jan 28, 2015

    The primary health threat to troops for more than two decades has been common muscle, joint, tendon/ligament and bone injuries like knee or back pain that are caused by running, sports and exercise-related activities such as basketball and weight-lifting.

  • Learning critical care

    Jan 27, 2015

    Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion recently conducted a combat first aid class during a field training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 21.

  • Patient shuttle makes cents for military medicine

    Jan 27, 2015

    Three months after it began making eight runs a day between Naval Hospital Bremerton and Madigan Army Medical Center, a patient shuttle between the two military treatment facilities keeps gaining riders, saving money for the military health system and benefiting patients.

  • New plans help define life after cancer

    Jan 22, 2015

    Cancer patients can now expect to receive an even clearer understanding of their follow-up care plan at Madigan Army Medical Center, thanks to a new cancer survivorship program started here in January. Madigan's Cancer Committee is creating standardized follow-up care plans for types of cancers treated here to help patients remain in the best possible health after they complete their cancer treatment.

  • RWBAHC to adopt new nicotine use policy effective March 1

    Jan 16, 2015

    Fort Huachuca, Arizona - On March 1, a new smoke-free and nicotine use policy will become effective for all Medical Command medical, dental, Soldier and veterinary clinics throughout Fort Huachuca.

  • Stepping Up the Performance Triad

    Jan 15, 2015

    It's time for Soldiers to step it up with the Performance Triad goals. Literally. During FY 2014, the Performance Triad Pilot Program was conducted in three separate active-duty battalions. The data from the pilot program provided a picture of the sleep, activity, and nutrition behaviors of Soldiers in the pilot at baseline and throughout the six-month program.

  • Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan 15, 2015

    On January 19, 2015, we will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- a champion for the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent behavior. Dr. King's dream of equality, opportunity and justice, coupled with his contributions to the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, significantly impacted our American way of life. The freedoms he exercised, represented and sought are many of the same freedoms our Service Members defend today.

  • Soldiers overcome environmental challenges to fitness in Alaska

    Jan 9, 2015

    Polar bears thrive in Alaska as do Arctic wolves -- particularly the Arctic Wolves of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team's 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Wainwright, near Fairbanks, thanks to the Performance Triad.

  • Madigan tackling diabetes earlier

    Jan 9, 2015

    Nearly one third of people with diabetes don't even know they have it. That's a statistic that locally Madigan Army Medical Center's Diabetes Care Center hopes to lower, according to Sean Smith, the center's program coordinator.

  • New Year's baby born at Madigan

    Jan 9, 2015

    Don Jr. Browne may have come into the world a bit earlier than expected, but the timing turned out to be just right to be a contender for the first baby born in the South Sound area in the New Year. The 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches newborn was born at Madigan Army Medical Center a few seconds after midnight on Jan. 1, although the recorded time was rounded up to 12:01 a.m.

  • Remote village thankful for U.S. help in fighting Ebola

    Dec 8, 2014

    When the Ebola virus found the remote village of Tappita, Liberia, it took more than a day for it to be properly diagnosed. Soon, it will take a matter of minutes. A new Ebola Treatment Unit will open in Tappita within the month.

  • How to make most of doctor's appointment

    Dec 1, 2014

    For some patients, going to the doctor results in getting the "white coat syndrome," in which blood pressure and heart rates go up just from being in a clinical setting. Likewise, many patients can find themselves being less self-advocating than they might normally be, especially if they don't quite understand everything the doctor is saying.

  • Evans training ground for future lab technicians

    Nov 24, 2014

    Patients visiting Evans Army Community Hospital's laboratory are doing much more than helping their doctor diagnose their health issue. The patient is also helping to train the Army's future laboratory technicians. The year-long Advanced Individual Training sites for 68Ks -- laboratory technicians -- is split into two phases, the first six months is at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where the students are taught the basics of lab work. For their second six months the students attend one of 21 Army military treatment facilities for Phase II and hands on training.

  • Medics, helicopter crew train to save lives

    Nov 24, 2014

    Emergencies don't always happen in convenient spots and with the far-flung locations that the Army sometimes trains in, it is important that medical evacuations can happen quickly and safely.

  • Stay healthy during the holiday season

    Nov 24, 2014

    In order to remain ready and resilient, Soldiers, family members and civilians should aim to enjoy the holiday season while preserving their health and well-being.

  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter

    Nov 24, 2014

    Tips for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter months