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Regional Health Command Europe


Mission:
 Regional Health Command Europe through Army Medicine in Europe, Asia and Africa provides sustained health services in support of forces in USAREUR, USARCENT and USARAF to enable readiness and conserve the fighting strength while caring for Families and Soldiers for Life.

Vision: RHCE is the premier, expeditionary, integrated medical force ready to meet ever-changing challenges of today and tomorrow.

Historical photo of the U.S. Army Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany.RHCE History

The U.S. Army Regional Health Command Europe was activated on July 10, 2015 under the command and control of the U.S. Army Medical Command, headquartered at Fort Sam, Houston, Texas. The activation was noteworthy because it brought Army medical, dental, and public health/veterinary services in the region together under one general officer command.

The command was originally designated the European Health Service Support Area, one of seven Army health service support regions throughout the world. To clarify beneficiary recognition of their mission, all health service support areas were re-designated regional medical commands and on Oct. 16, 1994, the Europe Regional Medical Command was activated.

To support its mission, the command operates Landstuhl Regional Medical Center – the only United States military referral center offering subspecialty care in Europe, a regional Public Health Laboratory, Medical Department Activity Bavaria headquartered in Vilseck, Germany, 11 outpatient medical clinics, 14 dental clinics, and 17 veterinary clinics in Army communities in Germany, Belgium and Italy. This also includes Army veterinary clinics supporting U.S. military communities in Turkey, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The regional command is the successor of the Army's 7th Medical Command, which was headquartered in Heidelberg and was a major separate command under U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army. The 7th Medical Command had both a peacetime community healthcare mission and the mission to deploy its members in response to contingency operations.

The contingency mission of 7th Medical Command went to 30th Medical Brigade, a separate brigade under V Corps, a major subordinate command of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army. Regional Health Command Europe (Europe Regional Medical Command at that time) assumed responsibility for peacetime care.

The Army Medical Department does not have the personnel resources, however, to maintain a fully-staffed contingency force and perform its peacetime mission. Hence, while the medical command is organized to provide community healthcare and is not deployable, its personnel support the deployable medical missions of U.S. Army Europe. Personnel in the 212th Combat Support Hospital, a 30th Medical Brigade unit, are imbedded in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. These personnel support the Regional Health Command Europe peacetime mission when they have no deployable contingency mission. When they do have a deployable mission, Regional Health Command Europe replaces them with personnel from U.S. Army Medical Command Activities and Army Reserve personnel to ensure continuity of peacetime community healthcare.

In 2014, Europe Regional Medical Command headquarters transferred from Heidelberg to Sembach Kaserne, Germany, as part of the Army Transformation in Europe. On July 10, 2015, Europe Regional Medical Command was inactivated as Regional Health Command Europe was activated.

The Commander of Regional Health Command Europe also serves as the command surgeon for U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army.