MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Tacoma – The largest Army health care provider in the Pacific Northwest formally welcomes a new commander during a change of command ceremony July 15.
During the ceremony, to be held at Watkins Field on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Col. Ramona Fiorey will relinquish command to Col. Michael Place. A unique part of the ceremony will include a civilian formation of hospital employees. Approximately 60 percent of the more than 5,200 Madigan staff are civilians and their presence on the field represents the powerful civilian-military team that is Madigan Army Medical Center. A reception follows immediately after the ceremony concludes.
Place joins Madigan from his current position as the senior medical advisor in the Army Secretariat, assigned as the Assistant Deputy for Health Affairs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Washington, D.C. As the commander of Madigan Army Medical Center, he will be charged with leading an organization responsible for providing health care to more than 105,000 beneficiaries through a network of health care facilities located in Washington and California and as a part of the Puget Sound Military Health System.
Fiorey and her family will depart for Falls Church, Va., where she will assume the duties in the office of the Army Surgeon General as the Deputy to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Medical Quality Assurance and Safety. Fiorey has led Madigan since August 2013.
In a final town hall to Madigan staff, Fiorey thanked staff for their hard work in delivering safe, quality care to service members, retirees and families and shared that she was honored to lead such a talented group of health care professionals. She also wished continued success for the Army’s prestigious medical center and those who support it.