Healthcare and quality of life support programs  for military patients, their families, and staff.

A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization supporting military families, active and retired, and Madigan Army Medical Center staff through programs designed to improve and enhance the quality of care and life of patients, their families and their healthcare providers.

Col. Patrick S. Madigan, MD, Foundation
an all Volunteer, NonProfit 501(c)3

The Madigan Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization formed in 1995 to support military families, active and retired and Madigan Army Medical Center, through programs designed to improve and enhance the quality of care and life of patients, their families and their healthcare providers. The Board is composed of military retirees and community leaders. A designated board member oversees each program the Foundation supports.


The Foundation supports the patients, families, and staff of the Madigan Army Medical Center in areas not covered by federal funds. The Foundation is able to assist family members coping with deployed spouses, uncertain futures, and unplanned-for medical expenses. Without the Foundation’s assistance, their children may go without glasses and fall behind in school, may travel without a car seat, and may not have the money for a ride home from the emergency room. 

The Foundation obtains funds from a variety of sources to meet these needs. Federal law prohibits gifts to a federal hospital or employee; however, the Foundation can receive gifts for memorial gifts, bequests, and gifts in honor of a loved one, favorite employee, clinic or department, gifts as Friend of Madigan, or through the Combined Federal Campaign.


An all-volunteer Board and dedicated focus on mission, together with an average overhead of approximately 5%, allows the Foundation to serve as a trusted recipient for gifts, memorials, and bequeathals. In 2017, the Foundation served over 3,500 active duty military members, retirees and families.


Colonel Patrick Sarsfield Madigan 1887-1944

Colonel Patrick S. Madigan, known as “The Father of Army Neuropsychiatry,” was assistant to the Surgeon General of the United States Army from 1940 to 1943. He died in 1944 and in that year, on September 22, Madigan General Hospital was named in his honor. Colonel Madigan was born February 14, 1887, in Washington, D.C. He was a member of a distinguished medical and military family.


Two of his brothers were doctors in the United States Army. He married Mary Shugrue, sister of Dr. John Shugrue, prominent brain surgeon of the Mayo Clinic, who had served at Walter Reed General Hospital. His eldest son, Emmett P. Madigan, served as an Army Medical Corps Officer throughout World War II.


In 1908, Colonel Madigan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and his Doctor of Medicine degree four years later. He served as an instructor at Georgetown University from 1913 to 1917. During this period he received a Master of Arts degree from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, in 1914. In August 1917 he accepted a commission in the Regular Army and served in France with the 7th Division, 64th Infantry.

After the First World War he remained in the Army, serving as a neuropsychiatrist at Hampton Roads, Virginia and Walter Reed General Hospital until 1926. He then became Chief of Neuropsychiatry at Sternberg General Hospital, Philippines, and in 1929 Chief of Neuropsychiatry at Walter Reed General Hospital.


In addition to his many degrees, Gonzaga University conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on Colonel Madigan in recognition of his outstanding administrative work.

Our all volunteer board

Rachanee Curry

Wynn Hoffman

Dave Soma

George McClure

Oscar Hilman

Alfie Ramos

Tim O’Haver

Mary Jo Cahill

Karrie Brown

Suzie Scott

Gary Condra

Amy Bird