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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

25,000 Aeromedical Evacuations to Landstuhl Hospital in This War



Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Landstuhl treats its 25,000th patient in war on terror
Hospital in Germany is first stop for many wounded soldiers

By Steve Mraz, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Tuesday, July 19, 2005


LANDSTUHL, Germany — Landstuhl Regional Medical Center recently surpassed a hallmark number in its treatment of patients injured in operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

A combination of more than 25,000 troops, civilians and coalition members from 37 countries involved in the global war on terrorism has received treatment at Landstuhl.

The medical center, which treated its first patient from OEF in fall 2001, reached the 25,000 patient mark this July Fourth.

"As we fight for our freedom, it's on the day of our independence that we hit that milestone patient here," said Col. James M. Francis, Landstuhl commander. "For the staff here at Landstuhl, that was one more workday as usual."

As best as hospital officials can determine, their 25,000th patient was a female member of the Army National Guard serving in Iraq. She received treatment on July 4 for an orthopedic problem....