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About Us, Mission, Information, History

Our Vision
A team of professionals inspiring patient trust and respect; The leader in the global medicine environment.

A doctor checks a syringe in LRMC's Integrated Pain Management Clinic

Landstuhl Post is a permanent U.S. military installation located in the German State of Rhineland-Pfalz, situated about 11 kilometers west of Kaiserslautern and 5 kilometers south of Ramstein Air Base.

Population Served
LRMC is the largest American hospital outside of the United States only forward-stationed medical center for U.S. & Coalition forces, Department of State personnel, and repatriated U.S. citizens. LRMC is the largest U.S. hospital outside the United States where it serves as the sole military medical center for more than 205,000 beneficiaries throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. LRMC is also the evacuation and treatment center for all injured U.S. servicemembers and civilians, as well as members of 56 Coalition Forces serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, as well as Africa Command, Central Command and European Command. More than 95,000 Wounded Warriors from Afghanistan and Iraq have been treated at LRMC as they make their way through the medical evacuation system back home.

Radiology staff at Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic demonstrate an X-ray

LRMC is a fully accredited healthcare facility, as set forth by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. LRMC is a Level III Trauma Center as verified by the American College of Surgeons. The Mammography section of the Radiology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology. The Pathology Department and its USAREUR-sponsored blood bank each have accreditation by their respective national authorities.

Specialties unique to the European Theater
Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Cardiology, Rheumatology, Burn Stabilization, Neurosurgery, Nuclear Medicine, Addiction Treatment Facility, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center surgical team begin a robotic laparoscopic surgery

LRMC is a jointly staffed, Army commanded 100-bed Medical Center (MEDCEN) strategically located near Ramstein Air Base providing 52 medical specialties and over 46,000 outpatient visits per month. The staff at LRMC is composed of approximately 2,600 Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, and civilian employees.

There are 100 beds and neonatal bassinets at LRMC, with daily averages of 16 admissions, 1,700 outpatient visits, 26 surgical cases, 2 births, 586 radiology procedures, 958 pharmacy products and 2,300 laboratory procedures. LRMC also has 218 beds at its Medical Transient Detachment.

A pregnant patient talks to a medical provider at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

Significant Events
LRMC has played a major role in many world events. The victims of the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon were brought here and victims of the 1988 Ramstein Air Show disaster were also treated at LRMC. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990/1991, more than 4,000 service members were treated at the facility, and more than 800 U.S. Military personnel deployed to Somalia were evacuated and treated here. LRMC also assisted in the Balkan operations (Operations Joint Endeavor, Guard, Joint Forge), and the peacekeeping operation in Kosovo. In 1994, the hospital served as the treatment point for hundreds of Bosnian refugees injured in the Sarajevo marketplace bombing. The hospital has also played an integral part in the repatriation of the three American Soldiers who were taken prisoners of war in Yugoslavia in March 1999. American and Kenyan victims of the U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi in August 1998 were also treated at LRMC as well as victims of the USS Cole maritime bombing in October 2000. Elements of the hospital went to Rwanda during the crisis there and have been deployed to Pakistan and numerous other locations during recent years. Since 2001, LRMC has treated more than 95,000 Servicemembers, civilians and Coalition partners medically evacuated from wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

An ambulance bus waits  in front of LRMC's Emergency Room to take patients to their flight

The 19 rooms provided by the two Fisher House facilities are a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured patients receiving treatment at LRMC. The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Landstuhl – A Historic City Landstuhl has a rich past which can be traced to Celtic times. Several sites and discoveries confirm the presence of Roman soldiers in the past. During the Middle Ages, the area consisted of 12 farms and was the property of the Bishop of Worms. In 1518, the city became the property of Franz von Sickinger, the Last German Knight. In 1796, the city was occupied by French forces and later became part of the French Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte. After the French defeat at Waterloo, Landstuhl became the property of the Kingdom of Bavaria. The establishment of the German Reich brought wealth to the city, along with the foundation of several breweries and factories. The city was known as a spa resort due to rich mud found around the previously wooded area surrounding Landstuhl. The mud baths were believed to heal women suffering from “female diseases” or arthritis.

World Wars I & II
At the end of World War I, the German soldiers who died in the war were buried in a small cemetery near the chapel in downtown Landstuhl. In 1934, construction of the Mannheim-Saarbrücken Autobahn (a roadway now known as A6) began. In early 1938, the construction of the Hitler Jugend Schule (Hitler Youth School) began here and several buildings on the Landstuhl U.S. military post still standing today were part of that construction. On March 19, 1945, U.S. troops entered Landstuhl and liberated the city.

American Presence
On Nov. 28, 1951, 15 medics who comprised the 320th General Hospital took operational control of the hospital in Landstuhl. Construction of a 1,000-bed American-run hospital began several weeks later. In April, 1952, the area of Kirchberg Kaserne was also designated as Wilson Barracks, in honor of Cpl. Alfred Wilson, an American medic who died in World War II.

Ambulances parked in front of the 320th General Hospital in December 1951

Medical Treatment Begins
On March 9, 1953, 375 patients were moved into the not-yet-completed American hospital at Landstuhl. The dedication ceremony took place on April 7, 1953. The following year, the 320th General Hospital was renamed the 2nd General Hospital.

Healthcare during the Cold War
Throughout the Cold War, the 2nd General Hospital continued to expand its structure and modernize its equipment, thus improving its capabilities. The hospital was a staple in the European Theater, providing healthcare during several high-profile incidents. Some of these included the treatment of U.S. Marines injured during the aborted 1980 rescue attempt of American hostages in Iran and those injured in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Soldiers were also treated at the hospital after being injured in the 1986 LaBelle Disco bombing in Berlin, and in 1988, LRMC treated approximately 500 injured people from the Ramstein Air Show disaster.

A patient on crutches walks out of the 2nd General Hospital circa 1982

LRMC Role in Gulf War and Today
In 1994, the 2nd General Hospital was deactivated and the center was renamed the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Effective November 2003 the hospital was renamed as Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. LRMC serves as the primary medical treatment center for injuries out of U.S. operations within Europe, Southwest Asia and the Middle East. Personnel from all branches of the U.S. military serve here. During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the hospital served as a repatriation point for more than 4,000 injured Americans, and more than 800 U.S. military personnel deployed to Somalia were treated here. In 1991, the 2nd General Hospital was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award in recognition of its outstanding support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During the Balkan War, LRMC continued its wartime mission by treating military and civilian patients injured both on and off then battlefield. In 1994, the hospital served as the treatment point for hundreds of Bosnian refugees injured in the Sarajevo marketplace bombing. LRMC also treated American and Kenyan victims of the U.S. Embassy terrorist bombing in Nairobi in August 1998, and later treated Sailors injured in the USS Cole terrorist bombing. Since 2001, LRMC has treated more than 95,000 service members, civilians and Coalition partners medically evacuated from wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A wounded patient medically evacuated from downrange is unloaded from an ambulance bus at LRMC