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Operations at Würzburg Army Community Hospital are being temporarily scaled back because some of the facility’s nursing staff is deployed to Louisiana and Pakistan.

Inpatient services will not be available until further notice, and surgical services will be available on a limited basis, according to hospital officials.

With about 40 key nursing personnel deployed, the hospital cannot do surgeries that require overnight stays, said hospital spokeswoman Amy Stover.

Until inpatient and surgical services are available again, the hospital emergency room has been reclassified as an “urgent care center,” and emergency cases will be diverted to local German hospitals.

Patients with scheduled surgical procedures have been notified they will be receiving care at German hospitals, and those requiring inpatient or surgical services will go to German hospitals with TRICARE affiliations.

Würzburg Hospital’s Managed Care Division is prepared to assist beneficiaries referred to a German doctor or hospital.

“We have a list of providers that are under contract with us through our preferred provider network,” Monica Page, managed care officer, stated in an Army news release. “We know them personally. All of them speak English fluently and are familiar with our practices.”

Hospital patient representative Liz Emig will be available to address patient concerns and can be reached at DSN 350-3666 or civilian 0931-804-3666.

Pregnant patients and patients with routine appointments at the hospital’s Family Care Center will see no changes, Stover said.

“What we’re stressing is that our (obstetrics) care is not changing. We’re seeing pregnant women; doing deliveries and (Caesarean section deliveries),” Stover said.

Würzburg-based personnel are supporting the Miesau-based 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, which deployed earlier this month to Pakistan to help with earthquake relief efforts.

In addition to supporting the 212th MASH directly, Würzburg Hospital nurses are replacing personnel at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center who also deployed with the 212th MASH.

Landstuhl is the only military medical center in Europe that treats wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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