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In celebration of Lutheran HealthCare’s 130th Anniversary, we have modernized our corporate mission statement, vision and core values to more accurately reflect the innovative organization that we are today, while also reaffirming our commitment to the basic faith-based tenets that define who we are.

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As the leading provider of health care in southwest Brooklyn, your health and well-being is Lutheran HealthCare’s number one goal and primary concern. We strive to ensure that each and very visit made to one of our facilities meets the highest standards in medical care, customer service and convenience for our patients and their families. At Lutheran, we believe our patients not only deserve this level of care, they should expect it. Please click the links below for more specific information.

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Welcome to Lutheran HealthCare’s news and events page! Lutheran’s health system is not just a collection of buildings, machines and beds, but a staff of talented, creative and committed people who serve the community in a wide variety of ways. Here, you will find the latest Lutheran news.

Lutheran Executives Fight for Safety-Nets

On February 8 the New York State Assembly Standing Committee of Health held a public hearing at Brooklyn Borough Hall to address the state of health care in Brooklyn. Through their written testimony, Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO, and Claudia Caine, EVP/COO and hospital director, implored the committee to hear the cries of the institutions most in need.

130th Annual Dinner Dance SAVE THE DATE, May 18, 2013

2013 honorees announced: Lena Dunham, creator, director, writer and star of HBO’s “Girls”; Kevin Lobo, president and chief executive officer, Stryker Corporation; and posthumously, Pierre G. Zalzal, M.D., Lutheran Medical Center.

Lutheran Celebrates 130 Years of Serving the Community

Lutheran HealthCare has been providing high-quality, community-focused health care for southwest Brooklyn’s diverse residents, our neighbors since 1883! It all began when Sister Elisabeth Fedde, of Norway, established the Norwegian Lutheran Deaconesses’ Home and Hospital in Brooklyn. Originally, the home consisted of a nine bed hospital. In 1955 this 225-bed institution, a permanent monument to her labors, was officially renamed Lutheran Medical Center.

Hospitalists: Specialists in Hospital Care

The next time you or a loved one has to spend time in a hospital, you may encounter a new kind of physician: a hospitalist. Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the general medical care of hospitalized patients. They typically have very limited or no outpatient responsibilities – that way, they can devote their full time and attention to patients who are in the hospital. Once patients are admitted, the hospitalist takes on responsibility for their care for the entirety of the patients’ stay, while keeping patients’ regular doctors fully informed and in the loop of care. After discharge, care reverts back to patients’ personal physicians.

Lutheran Opens Comprehensive Memory Center

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Lutheran Memory Center, a comprehensive program for the evaluation of memory. If you are concerned about memory problems that you or a family member are experiencing, the Memory Center can help with assessment and treatment.

Lutheran Family Health Centers 45th Anniversary Video

October 2012 marked Lutheran Family Health Centers’ 45th anniversary. The Sunset Park Family Health Center opened its doors in October 1967 (located where today’s Sunset Terrace FHC stands). In addition to highlighting our growth, this video focuses on that which is most meaningful to us and tells our story most clearly — the people we serve. Thank you to everyone who generously agreed to share their journeys and reflect on the roles that Lutheran has played in their lives.

Lutheran Stresses Preparedness as Hurricane Sandy Approaches – Make a plan and stay informed

The Lutheran HealthCare Safety and Emergency Management Department is currently monitoring and tracking Hurricane Sandy. Although the storm’s exact path cannot be determined, we are stressing that our community members be prepared. We have developed simple steps and useful resources to help our neighbors stay safe.

Stuart Miller Memorial Walk-A-Thon

Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation will host its 19th annual walk-a-thon in honor of Stuart Miller, a regular participant since a young age. Stuart, the son of Augustana Board Member Rev. Craig Miller and Nancy Morgan of Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge, was an active teenager who participated in many Augustana walk-a-thons and volunteered his time to be with Augustana residents. He brought joy to those he met.

LMC Executives Continue to Fight for Safety-Net Recognition in Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Urban safety-net hospitals and health care facilities that treat a disproportionate share of our nation’s uninsured, underinsured and uninsurable populations, are facing a potentially crippling loss of Medicare and Medicaid DSH funding — an unintended consequence of the ACA.

Depression Knows No Age

Depression can strike at any age, and older adults are no exception. “Depression is a real health issue. It’s not just feelings of sadness – it’s a diagnosable and treatable condition,” says Robert Greenberg, M.D., chief of geriatric psychiatry at Lutheran Medical Center.

Lutheran’s New Vascular Institute: Keeping Blood Vessels Healthy

Your vascular system is a vast network of blood vessels. It includes arteries and veins that carry blood and other fluids throughout your body. With age, some lifestyle factors, such as smoking or inactivity, can cause problems for your vascular system.

LHC President and CEO Discusses Safety-Nets and Affordable Care Act

Safety-net hospitals and health care facilities like Lutheran, that treat a disproportionate share of our nation’s uninsured, underinsured and uninsurable populations, are facing a potentially crippling loss of Medicare and Medicaid DSH funding — an unintended consequence of the ACA.

The New York Times Profiles Lutheran Medical Center in DSH Debate

The Affordable Care Act will put new strains on hospitals such as Lutheran Medical Center, by cutting aid the government used to pay to reimburse hospitals for the emergency care they are legally required to provide to the uninsured, underinsured and uninsurable. Nina Bernstein of The New York Times featured Lutheran Medical Center as the focus of her recent article, “Hospitals Fear Cuts in Aid for Care to Illegal Immigrants.”

LFHC Awarded Grant to Expand School-Based Services at SPHS

The Partnership for New York City, United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Council awarded a total of $600,000 in grants designed to help six public schools create strategies that will tie specific health and social services directly to the schools’ students and their families.

LMC’s Iffath Hoskins, M.D., Joins Senator Schumer to Fight Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Iffath Hoskins, M.D., SVP, chair and residency director, Department of OB/GYN, joined U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a July 1 press conference to speak out about the recent increase in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

LMC Featured in ABC’s Highly-Anticipated Documentary Series, NY Med

ABC News recently announced its new documentary series NY Med from the award-winning producers of Hopkins and Boston Med. Lutheran Medical Center is one of three hospitals featured in this eight-part series.

LHC Unveils 2011 Annual Report – Putting People First

Lutheran HealthCare has released its 2011 annual report. This year’s report tells the story of five different patients who came to Lutheran in a time of personal health crisis. Each of these stories shines a light on the special talents and dedication of our physicians and the team of other health care professionals who provided care that went above and beyond when treating these patients.

LHC Unveils New Video – Putting People First

We are happy to introduce our new video – Putting People First. The video focuses on that which is most meaningful to us and tells our story most clearly – the people we serve. We approached four people whose lives were changed by Lutheran and they generously and enthusiastically agreed to share their stories with us.

Lutheran’s Stroke Center Provides Life-Saving Care

When someone is having a stroke, every second counts. “The sooner a stroke patient receives treatment, the greater his or her chances are of surviving and recovering,” says Salman Azhar, M.D., director of the Stroke Center at LMC.

Lutheran Rehabilitation Launches Ad Campaign Featuring Members of the LHC Family

Those who know us the best trust our services. This fact is confirmed by Dave Tomkins, SVP, Material Services, who stars in Lutheran Rehabilitation’s newest ad campaign. Tomkins illustrates the rehab network’s innovative care and exceptional results by explaining, “I’m a runner who does five or six miles five days a week. I’ve had two injuries, a strained muscle above my hip and a case of plantar fasciitis in my heel. Physical therapy at Lutheran got me better quickly. Within a couple of months I was running again.”

Prohibition is Near…Time for One Unforgettable Night – 129th Annual Dinner Dance SAVE THE DATE, May 19, 2012

Lutheran is proud to announce plans for the 129th Annual Dinner Dance. The prohibition era themed black-tie affair will honor Jayanth V. Rao, M.D., chair of Radiology, and Terence Winter, creator, head writer and executive producer of HBO’s award-winning Boardwalk Empire television series. The gala is Lutheran’s primary fundraiser and will be held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in Manhattan on May 19, 2012.

New Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Helps Patients Move Forward

When most people think of rehabilitation, they think about healing broken bones or injured joints. But did you know that rehabilitation is also crucial for healing people with serious heart problems? Earlier this year, Lutheran Rehabilitation expanded its services to include a full-service outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program to help more patients than ever before.

Connect with Lutheran staff and content on Facebook, Twitter, email, LinkedIn, Digg, and much more!

Lutheran HealthCare has grown immensely since its humble beginnings in 1883 when Sister Elisabeth Fedde established the Norwegian Lutheran Deaconesses’ Home and Hospital in Brooklyn. As we continue to move forward the ways you can connect with us are evolving quickly. Keep reading for links to contact us, find jobs and other ways to connect on social media!

National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 4-10, 2011. It’s a special designation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Call your doctor and get your flu shot now.

Wendy Z. Goldstein Responds to NAUH’s Study on “Future Medicare Cuts and Hospital Job Losses”

A recent study by the National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) titled “Future Medicare Cuts and Hospital Job Losses” analyzed the potential impact of proposed Medicare cuts on hospital employment and concluded that between the proposed cuts in Medicare payments through the Affordable Health Care Act, and further cuts currently under consideration by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that more than 130,000 jobs could be at stake – over 9,000 of them right here in the New York metropolitan region.

Improving the Lives of Children with Epilepsy

Akila Venkataraman, M.D., a pediatric neurologist at the Lutheran Epilepsy Center, is hopeful about the future of pediatric epilepsy. “It’s an exciting time in the field right now,” Dr. Venkataraman says. “Pediatric epilepsy has always been clumped together with adult epilepsy. But children need to be treated differently because their bodies and brains are still developing and aren’t the same as an adult’s. In recent years, there’s been a lot more research in this area.”

Lutheran Offers Ten Safe Stop Facilities to Brooklyn Residents

Lutheran has a long history of commitment to our community and safety plays a large part in what we do. Thanks to the new Safe Stop program, launched by the DA’s office, we are able to offer more safety and reassurance to our neighbors in perfect alignment to our safety net mission. Not only was Lutheran Medical Center the first hospital to receive a Safe Stop designation, it registered nine of its community health center sites as well.

Healing is her Passion. Meet Dr. Myint Aye, Lutheran’s New Multilingual Hospitalist

Dr. Myint Myint Aye is Lutheran Medical Center’s new hospitalist charged with increasing the hospital’s outreach to the Asian community. She joined Lutheran two weeks ago as part of that institution’s “cultural competency” program, which reaches out to Sunset Park’s rapidly growing Chinese and other nearby ethnic communities. The New York Daily News featured Dr. Aye and highlighted her unique role at Lutheran in the July 29 issue. The following article and photos are courtesy of © New York Daily News, L.P.

Lutheran Responds to Incorrect Information Published in the New York Times on 7/29/2011

Information presented at last week’s Medicaid Redesign Team Brooklyn Work Group meeting, and published in the July 29, 2011 edition of The New York Times, regarding Lutheran Medical Center was incorrect. The Work Group cited Lutheran with an 8% loss to its bottom line in 2010. Thankfully, this is wrong. In fact, Lutheran Medical Center’s 2010 audited financial statement shows a 1% positive operating bottom line.

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can be challenging. But the experts at Lutheran Multiple Sclerosis Center are here to help you with every step of your diagnosis and treatment. The center has a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive medical care to patients living with MS. The team includes an MS specialist, MS certified nurse, neuropsychologist, physical therapist, social worker and nutritionist.

Lutheran Gears Up For National Health Center Week 2011 Celebrations

The second week of August each year is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the U.S.

Ask the Expert: Children and Epilepsy

Amit Ray, M.D., is a board certified neurologist at the Lutheran HealthCare Epilepsy Center who specializes in treating epilepsy. Dr. Ray is also an assistant professor of neurology at NYU Medical Center.

Sunset Park Promise Neighborhood

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $10 million to 21 organizations for Promise Neighborhood planning grants. Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) is one of two New York City organizations to be awarded this planning grant. The goal of the Sunset Park Promise Neighborhood is that all children in the community have strong schools and strong systems of family and community support.

Social Media in Health Care

Lutheran HealthCare has always aimed to keep our staff, patients, volunteers and neighbors up to date with the most relevant medical news, organizational information and community events. Over the past two years we have established a significant presence across a number of social media sites and have become one of New York’s most “connected” health networks.

Nervous About the Dentist? Meet Dr. Louis Siegelman, Who Specializes in Dental Phobia

Nervous about the dentist? Most people are. Meet Lutheran’s Louis Siegelman, D.D.S., who helps patients conquer their fears. He was just featured in the New York Daily News for his gentle approach and calm demeanor when it comes to a dental visit. Read here for great advice, what to expect and how not to worry. The following article and photos are courtesy of © New York Daily News, L.P.

Ask the Expert: When Do You Need Emergency Care?

When you are hurt or sick, it can be difficult to decide where to go for treatment. Should you go to the emergency room? Bonnie Simmons, D.O., FACEP, chair, Emergency Medicine and medical director of Prehospital Care at Lutheran Medical Center, answers common questions about where to go when you need care.

Are You at Risk for Peripheral Vascular Disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) means plaque has built up in your arteries, narrowing them and reducing blood flow. “PVD mainly affects the legs, where it can cause pain when walking,” explains Michael Bezuevsky, D.O., a vascular surgeon on staff at Lutheran Medical Center. “It raises your risk for narrowed heart arteries, heart attack and stroke.”

Leading a Cultural Competence Revolution

With more than 127 years of history in Brooklyn and a firm commitment to serve our community, it is no wonder that we’ve become nationally recognized leaders of culturally competent health care services. Lutheran’s unique approach to health care ensures the total well-being of Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods, which host a multitude of cultures and ethnicities that are constantly evolving.

“Urban Fellow” Brings Vast Experience to Lutheran for Eight-Month Mentorship Program

LFHC recently welcomed a new Urban Fellow to serve as a special assistant to the executive director. This temporary position is filled by Joe Frazier, a participant in the esteemed National Urban Fellows Program. The eleven-month Urban Fellows Program combines course work for a masters in public administration from Baruch College with an eight-month mentorship (fellows work in either nonprofits or political agencies across the nation).

Lutheran’s Chief Nursing Officer Explains Social Media for Nurse Managers

Rosanne Raso, R.N., SVP for Nursing Services, explains social media benefits and implications for nurse managers in the Journal of Nursing Management. The article provides a great overview for any manager. “As nurse managers,” she explains, “we should stay connected.”

Health Care Reform: Finding Balance and Preserving Safety Net Hospitals

LHC President and CEO Wendy Z. Goldstein explains the important role safety net hospitals play within the health care ecosystem at HANYS’ 42nd Annual Conference. The special Medicaid Reform Panel also included Richard Daines, M.D., N.Y.S. commissioner of health; Michael Cropp, M.D., president and CEO, Independent Health; and Kenneth Adams, president and CEO, The Business Council of N.Y.S.

LMC Opens New Vascular Laboratory

Lutheran Medical Center’s new Vascular Laboratory offers comprehensive vascular imaging examinations to assist with the early detection of acute and chronic circulatory diseases.

Expansion of Services at the LHC Medical Arts Pavilion

Lutheran Medical Center has expanded services at the LHC Medical Arts Pavilion to include consultations for Radiation Oncology and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Audrey Saitta, M.D., senior vice president and chair, Radiation Oncology, and Michael Gerling, M.D., board certified orthopedic and spine surgeon, join roster of experienced physicians.

Food Network Chef and Author, Daisy Martinez, to Guest Judge LFHC’s National Health Center Week Healthy Cook-off!

LFHC will host a Wellness Fair on August 10 in honor of National Health Center Week. Lutheran defines health as the total well-being of the community and its residents. That’s why we’re starting right here, with our employees and neighbors. The highlight of the event will be a healthy cook-off, brought to you by Lutheran staff. The competition will feature celebrity guest judge, Food Network star and author, Daisy Martinez!

Sixth Annual 25 Year Club Celebration

On June 3, Lutheran held its sixth annual 25 Year Club Dinner at the Rex Manor. Seventeen employees who reach their 25th year of service in 2010 were recognized as new inductees.

LHC Unveils 127th Anniversary Video

Produced in loving memory of Walter Jensen for his 34 years of faithful service, our 2010 anniversary video will speak to your heart.

Support services that strengthen families

Ana Hernandez was at the Park Slope Family Health Center with one of her daughters when she spotted a flyer advertising the JET to Success Program. That is how Ana, a stay-at-home mom for 22 years, became a certified nurse assistant.

Alternative Medicine

Katie Allison delivered an 8-pound, 4-ounce baby girl without any medication. Instead she chose acupuncture. The mother of three was selected at random to receive free acupuncture during labor. Lutheran’s promising new research suggests acupuncture, when administered during labor and delivery, provides for a smoother labor and fewer Cesarean sections.

Advancements in Orthopedics

Before his accident, Chi Wai Lam went to work every day at a hardware store in Sunset Park, played with his two young children and lived a happy, healthy life. All that changed one winter day in 2006, when his lower left leg was shattered. Chi was rushed to Lutheran’s Level I Trauma Center where surgeons spent hours carefully extracting pieces of wood from the wound.

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