HOMBURG, Germany — Leadership from the 86th Medical Group and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center visited Saarland University Medical Center in Homburg, Germany, Nov. 9, in order to strengthen partnership and exchange information with German medical practitioners.
Capt. Nicholas Edvarchuk, 86th MDSS Tricare operations and patient administration flight commander, said the medical center plays a major role in providing quality healthcare for members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community.
“UKS Saarland University Medical Center in Homburg is one of the largest network providers in the (Kaiserslautern Military Community),” he said. “The 86th MDG quite often refers its patients to this medical center. As a result, the 86th MDG commander wanted to see the hospital, its operations, meet its staff as well as to start building relationships for future partnership,” said Edvarchuck.
Edvarchuk said the 86th MDG referred 3,924 patients to UKS Saarland University Medical Center since 2016. Patients with Tricare can be referred to services at the center if the 86th MDG and LRMC are not able to provide care for the particular patient. The hospital is even postured to take in ophthalmology and pediatrics patients from the KMC.
The tour was organized by the 86th Medical Support Squadron Tricare operations and patient administration flight and included stops at the facility’s emergency room, pediatrics clinic, ophthalmology building, and the traumatology unit.