Recently, SVS entered its fifth year of continuous two-week rotations of volunteer service at the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. Since September 2007, 76 SVS members have volunteered at LRMC, America’s largest hospital outside its borders. The state-of-the-art Level I Trauma Center provides medical care for coalition forces from 48 countries who are fighting “down range” in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Photos courtesy of U.S. Army/Chuck Roberts
A vascular surgery procedure being performed at the Landstuhl facility.
Since 2001, the staff at LRMC has treated more than 64,000 Wounded Warriors and more than 245,000 U.S. military personnel and their families stationed in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
The SVS Visiting Vascular Surgeon Program provides SVS members with an unique opportunity to participate in the care of military personnel and to experience an extraordinary telecommunications system that connects field surgeons with staff at LRMC and stateside hospitals. Likewise, LRMC has gained valuable insight from the expertise of vascular surgeons, especially Dr. Paul Haser, who performed the facility’s first thoracic endovascular graft implant procedure.