Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) celebrated the completion of its new $2.6 million Allergy/Immunization Clinic (A/IC) on Oct. 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The A/IC moved from 6D, to its new location at 10D.The clinic provides a full range of routine immunizations and allergy services, including skin and food testing, allergy injections for military members and beneficiaries.
“This space is home to Allergy/Immunization, but this is also a fully functional, 16-bed medical surgical ward,” said Greg Schaefer, Chief of Engineering and Construction at LRMC Facilities Management Division. “Everything is brand new.”
Improvements include new electrical systems, LED lighting, medical equipment and beds, desks, and an HVAC system.
“It was our goal to provide dual functions for the ward to serve primarily as A/IC with the ability to provide 16 patient beds for the Medical Surgical Unit in case of an emergency, without losing any functionality for both,” said Monika Schigalla, LRMC supervisory architect. “This made the renovation different from others at LRMC.”
Col. Andrew Landers, LRMC Commander, attended the ceremony and said the expanded patient bed capability will complement LRMC’s contingency response efforts when necessary.
The new clinic also provides space for mission-essential procedures to be performed safely, said Maj. Chandra Punch, LRMC chief of Allergy and Immunology.
“With the additional space, we are starting to increase the number of patients that can safely be seen,” Punch said. “The new layout allows for better clinic flow – the vaccine and allergy therapy patients will remain up front near our waiting area.”