Lutheran Medical Center

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Lutheran Medical Center
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Overview of the 55th Street entrance
Lutheran Medical Center is located in New York City
Lutheran Medical Center
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Location within New York City
Geography
Location 150 55th Street, Brooklyn, New York City, NY, United States
Coordinates 40°38′48″N 74°01′14″W / 40.646578°N 74.020658°W / 40.646578; -74.020658Coordinates: 40°38′48″N 74°01′14″W / 40.646578°N 74.020658°W / 40.646578; -74.020658
Organization
Hospital type Teaching
Services
Standards JCAHO
Emergency department Level 1 Trauma Center
Beds 468
History
Founded 1883
Links
Website www.lmcmc.com
Lists Hospitals in the United States
Other links Hospitals in New York City

Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) is a full-service, 468-bed academic teaching hospital in Brooklyn, New York City that functions as the hub of Lutheran HealthCare. Offering a complete range of clinical programs, it provides a New York State designated Stroke Center, Level I Trauma Center, interventional and therapeutic cardiac catheterization laboratory, award-winning orthopedics and a Bariatric Center of Excellence to the diverse communities of Brooklyn.[1]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Lutheran Medical Center was founded in 1883 by Sister Elisabeth Fedde, a Norwegian Lutheran deaconess nurse.[2]

Expansion[edit]

Launched in 2004, the Chinese Unit on the fourth floor is the only one of its kind in Brooklyn. Chinese-speaking bilingual and bicultural staff are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The unit allows patients who speak little or no English to communicate easily with physicians, nurses, social workers, and volunteers. The unit also provides specific Chinese catering, cultural art and signs on the walls, although the unit is open to patients of all ethnic backgrounds.[3]

A $2.5 million cardiac catheterization laboratory opened in 2005. The new lab allows technicians to produce cardiac angiograms, which are high-quality images of the heart and coronary arteries. This allows clots, blockages and other problems to be shown.[4]

In 2010, the Emergency Department (ED) went through a major expansion, which increased its space and services by 45 percent. The ED expansion included the increase of treatment bays from 30 to 46 and an additional exam room creating a five-room Quick Care area for Lutheran's successful triage, treat and release program. The additional bays allow clinicians to treat sicker patients while the new Quick Care Program will provide treatment for less urgent conditions. The expansion also included discrete child-friendly pediatric treatment bays. An upgraded radiology suite located on site brings state-of-the-art technology right into the treatment area facilitating faster turn around time for patients and their families.[5]

Today[edit]

Lutheran, situated in the heart of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, treated 75,808 patients in 2011.[6] It has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Brooklyn, treating approximately 66,000 patients a year.[7]

Diversity[edit]

Due to its culturally diversified location, many of Lutheran's staff members are bilingual/bicultural. Besides English, they speak languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian amongst others.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

ABC News' documentary series NY Med featured Lutheran in several episodes. Lutheran is also featured on NY ER which airs on OWN Lutheran's busy Emergency Department and Trauma Center are what attracted producers to the southwest Brooklyn hospital.[9][10] Dr. Charles Guidry and Dr. Tara Margarella were two Lutheran surgeons featured on the show.[11][12]

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