Madigan psychiatrists who made PTSD calls had national renown
Tacoma-area Army psychiatrists who made the final determination on soldiers' post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses at Madigan Army Medical Center had a stellar national reputation until they fell under scrutiny this year.
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#1 Mar 4, 2012
I was a patient of Ellis-Billingsley back in January - February, 1995, having been hospitalized for a suicide attempt while under "investigation" for a supposed act of misconduct.
I refuse to address her as Doctor in this statement because I know she is something less than an ethical doctor. The first day in Madigan (5-North) she came into my room and grabbed my rank located on my collar and shook it while stating your General is going to bust you in rank. I thought "OMG", is this the type of care I am going to receive? I was already paranoid enough, not sure who to trust, and just generally scared. I felt terrified by Ellis-Billingsley. Who could I complain to about her conduct? The MEDCOM IG? Who would believe a psychiatric patient in a closed room with a "stellar" doctor assaulting a patient? She put misinformation into my psychiatric records that has never been substantiated by any other doctor or mental health professional.
In the meantime, the DOD-IG was conducting a review of an IG complaint which was later substantiated that a BG and several of his colonel cronies had engaged in ethical misconduct. They were stupid enough to put certain informtion in writing and as an NCO, I felt obligated to report it. Of course, the BG and his cronies were never punished in any way for their ethical misconduct, which in my opinion was pretty serious. I
Now, so many years later to see she has resigned is great news for the military community.
She now has the shoe on the other foot and sees that “all the investigations are a charade as the outcome has been predetermined.” If she had one ounce of personal self-worth, she would have stayed and fought the battle. Instead of continuing to milk the system, thank goodness she ran and cried like a little baby.
Luckily, I finished my military career, but ended up rated as totally and permanently disabled by the VA. Her lack of soldier care, lack of concern for my mental health, and her unbelievable misconduct by physically grabbing my uniform and shaking me remains with me to this day. How she ever reached the rank of LTC is beyond me, although I have my ideas.
It is sad to see so many years later she is (was) impacting the lives of soldiers. I can only wish my fellow soldiers the very best and to let you know the experiences I had under her care. Yes, I think the "system" is definitely flawed and only takes your personal resolve, persistance, and patience to obtain the desired outcome.
Good riddance Ellis-Billingsley for all that you did to me and other mental health soldiers.
#2 Mar 19, 2012
Very interesting post, I was in the army for 8 years, had a soldier in Iraq who was going to shoot everyone, so i took him to the combat stress control place. Absolutely worthless. They said they were "too busy" and for him to do "breathing exercises" that they never bothered to teach him. Meanwhile, they seemed to have plenty of time to hang out at the gym, pool, and burger king on Camp Liberty, while the rest of us were sucking sand at FOB justice.
#3 Mar 20, 2012
there are some really unprofessional military drs
#4 Mar 20, 2012
They do not care and never will. Best thing to do is get out and get the soldier to file a VA claim. There he can get real help. They just want you out of their hair so they can have more free time.
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