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Tacoma patient shuttle starting at Naval Hospital

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BREMERTON — A free patient shuttle between Madigan Army Medical Center and Naval Hospital Bremerton will begin Monday. The new service is being provided by the Puget Sound Military Health System to transport patients between primary and specialty care.

The shuttle will pick up and drop off patients at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s main entrance — the quarterdeck, not the gate — and Madigan’s Main Medical Mall North entrance. It will offer four round trips a day, Monday through Friday.

The shuttle will depart Madigan at 5:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and from Naval Hospital Bremerton at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The trips take about an hour, and could be delayed by traffic.

Reservations won’t be taken. Active duty service members will have priority. Others will be transported on a space-available basis. Escorts or guests can ride if there’s space after all the patients are onboard. If a beneficiary has a family member who is an inpatient at Madigan, they can take the shuttle if space is available.

The shuttle isn’t wheelchair accessible. Patients must be able to get in and out with little help. Children less than 8 years old must be secured in a child safety system. Child seats aren’t available on the shuttle. All children less than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Emergency medical services aren’t available on the shuttle.

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