Groundbreaking ceremony set for second JBLM Fisher House Sept 25

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The Fisher House Foundation will officially break ground on a second comfort home facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on the Madigan campus.

The home will provide a place for military families to stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment. It will feature 12 suites, with private bedrooms and baths, as well as a common kitchen, dining room, living room and laundry facilities.

“Fisher Houses provide safe, comfortable environments for the families of our service members during what can be very stressful times, said Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr., JBLM installation commander. “Having a second facility so close to our hospital on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be a great resource for our military community.”

The first Fisher House opened on Fort Lewis (now JBLM) in 1992 in an area that originally contained Madigan General Hospital. A majority of the hospital moved to a brand new facility a few miles away that same year. Several medical functions remained in the original location and still operate in “Madigan Annex” today. The new Fisher House is slated to be built on Madigan’s main campus, close to the medical mall entrance.

Media interested in covering the groundbreaking ceremony should RSVP at 253-968-1901 by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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