Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

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Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
U.S. Army Medical Department
Lanstuhl Regional Medical Center Distinctive Unit Insignia
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (2008).jpg
Aerial view of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Geography
LocationLandstuhl, Germany
Coordinates49°24′15″N 7°33′37″E / 49.40417°N 7.56028°E / 49.40417; 7.56028Coordinates: 49°24′15″N 7°33′37″E / 49.40417°N 7.56028°E / 49.40417; 7.56028
Organisation
Care systemTRICARE
FundingGovernment hospital
TypeGeneral
NetworkU.S. Department of Defense
Services
Emergency departmentLevel II trauma center
Beds100
History
Former name(s)
  • 2d General Hospital
  • Landstuhl Army Medical Center
OpenedMarch 9, 1953; 69 years ago (1953-03-09)
Links
Websitelandstuhl.tricare.mil
ListsHospitals in Germany

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is an overseas military hospital operated by the U.S. Army. It is the largest American military hospital outside the continental United States. The hospital is located at Wilson Barracks (German: Kirchberg-Kaserne) in the German town of Landstuhl,[1] and was the nearest treatment center for personnel wounded in the War on Terrorism. It serves members of the U.S. Armed Forces, military retirees and their eligible family members.

History[edit]

2d General Hospital DUI

Opened on March 9, 1953,[2] 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, U.S. 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 U.S. Air Force personnel augmented the hospital. By 1997, it was the only American military hospital in Europe.[3]

Organ donation[edit]

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 U.S. 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).[4]

Decorations[edit]

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center has been awarded the following unit decorations:[5][6]

Streamer Award Period of service Reason
Streamer MUC Army.PNG Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) September 12, 2003 to December 1, 2004 For exceptionally meritorious service.
Streamer SUC.png Army Superior Unit Award September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2003 For exceptionally meritorious service.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz. U.S. Army. Retrieved April 27, 2021. Wilson Barracks (aka: Landstuhl or LRMC): Named after Cpl. Alfred L. Wilson (Sept. 18, 1919 – Nov. 8, 1944).
  2. ^ "LRMC History". Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  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.
  5. ^ U.S. Army Human Resources Command Permanent Order 097-04 (PDF), April 7, 2014
  6. ^ U.S. Army Human Resources Command Permanent Order 155-09 (Corrected Copy) (PDF), June 4, 2013

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