Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

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Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Lanstuhl Regonal Medical Center.jpg
Aerial view of LRMC
Active March 9, 1953 – present
Country Germany
Allegiance United States
Branch Inter-service (United States Army Medical Command)
Type Hospital
Nickname LRMC
Motto "Selfless service"
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Judith Lee
Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia Lanstuhl Regional Medical Center Distinctive Unit Insignia.jpg
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
United States Army Medical Command
Geography
Location Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Organisation
Care system Military
Hospital type General
Services
Beds 310[1]
History
Founded 1953[2]
Links
Website ermc.amedd.army.mil/landstuhl

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is an overseas military hospital operated by the United States Army and the Department of Defense. LRMC is the largest military hospital outside of the continental United States. It is located near Landstuhl, Germany, and serves as the nearest treatment center for wounded soldiers coming from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, it serves military personnel stationed in the European Union as well as their family members.

The medical center also serves as a stop-over (medevaced via the nearby Ramstein Air Base) for serious casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan before being flown to the United States.

History[edit]

Founded in 1953, the hospital was known as 2nd General Hospital or Landstuhl Army Medical Center. During the 1990s, the United States Army Europe underwent a reorganization and the hospitals in Frankfurt, Berlin, Nuremberg and other bases were gradually closed down or downsized to clinics. In April 1993, a group of 288 Air Force personnel augmented the staff. By 1997 it was the US military's only medical center in Europe and thus became known as Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.[3]

Organ donation[edit]

Landstuhl is one of the top hospitals for organ donations in its region in the EU. Roughly half of the troops who died at Landstuhl from combat injuries from 2005 through 2010 were organ donors. That was the first year the U.S. military allowed organs to be donated by American troops who died in Germany from wounds suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan. From 2005 through 2010, 34 American military members who died at Landstuhl donated a total of 142 organs, according to the German organ transplant organization, Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation. In 2010, 10 of the 12 American service members who died at Landstuhl were donors, giving 45 organs.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LRMC Facts". Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  2. ^ "LRMC History". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  3. ^ Sarnecky, Mary T. A contemporary history of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Government Printing Office. pp. 343–4. ISBN 9780160869136. 
  4. ^ Jones, Meg. "A Soldier's Death Gives Life to Another Man". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 49°24′15″N 7°33′37″E / 49.40417°N 7.56028°E / 49.40417; 7.56028