JBLM House I - An Original
Joint Base Lewis McChord Fisher Houses
For Madigan, “Care with Compassion” is more than a motto; it’s a way of life. Army Medicine was at Camp Lewis from the very beginning in 1917. Renamed Fort Lewis in 1927, Madigan General Hospital was formally dedicated in August 1945, and named in honor of Colonel Patrick S. Madigan, a Medical Corps Officer who is known as the Father of Army Neuropsychiatry. From its humble beginnings, Madigan General Hospital continued to grow over the years and in March 1973, Madigan was re-designated a Medical Center assuming military health care for beneficiaries in Alaska and the four northwestern states. In January 2010, Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base merged into Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Today, Madigan Army Medical Center is a system for health with medical facilities in Washington and California serving more than 100,000 active duty service members, retirees and their families.
The JBLM Fisher Houses I and II are a “home away from home” for military families faced with a medical tragedy. Families stay at the house so that they may be close to their loved ones being treated at the nearby Madigan Army Medical Center or other medical treatment facilities in the area. Combat injuries, premature babies and end of life care are just a few of the reasons that bring military families to the Puget Sound region for care. Over the years, the Houses have served families from every state and from several countries. Families stay at the Fisher House cost free and are provided with many of the amenities that they would find at home. The support and friendships made within the doors of the Fisher House are what make it so valuable. Families provide mutual support for one another that can only come from others that are in similar situations. Fisher House depends greatly on donations and volunteers to provide a wonderful home for our Military Service Members and their families at our two Fisher House locations on JBLM.