The Fisher House Foundation opened a new ‘comfort home’ Nov. 17 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) for families of Madigan Army Medical Center patients. The home is the second the foundation has donated to the medical center, and it will house 11 military families while their loved ones are hospitalized. The first house has operated at near maximum capacity for several years.
The Fisher House Foundation makes it possible for military families to visit their wounded, ill or injured family members by offering a home away from home without the worry of lodging and travel costs. This marks the foundation’s 66th home across the country, and Madigan Army Medical Center Commander Col. Michael Place said the home will provide much-needed support for families.
“Those (are) tough days when you get that phone call, the pain of rehabilitation, facing what can happen to a soldier,” he said. “The best part of the healing process is the family.”
Helping families stay near their loved ones represents one of the many ways Washington hospitals are helping their patients heal.