Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
|Landstuhl Regional Medical Center|
|United States Army|
|Care system||U.S. Department of Defense|
|Emergency department||Level III trauma center|
|Opened||March 9, 1953|
|Lists||Hospitals in Germany|
The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is an overseas military hospital operated by the United States Army. It is the largest American military hospital outside the continental United States. The hospital is located at Wilson Barracks in the southern German city of Landstuhl, and is the nearest treatment center for personnel wounded in the War on Terror. It serves members of the United States Armed Forces, military retirees, and their eligible family members.
With America's gradual withdrawal from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the years, the number of U.S. military casualties have dwindled and the regional medical center was downgraded to a Level III trauma center in May 2014. The United States Navy disbanded its expeditionary medical unit that same year.
Opened on March 9, 1953, LRMC was formerly known as the 2d General Hospital and the Landstuhl Army Medical Center (LAMC). In 1980, soldiers who were injured in Operation Eagle Claw were brought to LAMC. During the 1990s, United States Army Europe underwent a reorganization, and hospitals in Frankfurt, Berlin, Nuremberg, and other bases were gradually closed down, or were downsized to clinics. In 1993, a group of 288 United States Air Force personnel augmented the hospital. By 1997, it was the only U.S. medical center in Europe.
LRMC is one of the top hospitals for organ donations in its region in Europe. Roughly half of the American military personnel who died at the hospital from combat injuries from 2005 through 2010 were organ donors. That was the first year the United States Armed Forces allowed organs to be donated by military personnel who died at the hospital from wounds suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan. From 2005 through 2010, 34 donated a total of 142 organs, according to the organ transplant organization, Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation (English: German Organ Transplantation Foundation).
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Wilson Barracks (aka: Landstuhl or LRMC): Named after Cpl. Alfred L. Wilson (Sept. 18, 1919 – Nov. 8, 1944).
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