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LMC’S TRAUMA CENTER CELEBRATES TEN YEARS SINCE ITS LEVEL I DESIGNATION

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LMC'S TRAUMA CENTER CELEBRATES TEN YEARS SINCE ITS LEVEL I DESIGNATION
Lutheran's Level I Trauma Center opened in 1999, continues to be one of the busiest in New York State

April 8, 2009, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center is pleased celebrate its tenth anniversary as a designated Level I Trauma Center. Opened in April 1999, the center provides comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic, life-threatening injuries.

"The entire hospital is a better place because of our trauma center," said Claudia Caine, chief operating officer. "After 10 years of significant experience and being one of the busiest trauma centers in New York State, the community can rest assured knowing that all the levels of trauma care are on hand, around the clock."

Led by Fausto Vinces, D.O., the center serves nearly three million community members living in six Brooklyn neighborhoods. Level I services include trauma and cardiac resuscitation rooms, a crisis unit for psychiatric and substance-abuse patients and a medical specialties suite. The center is also equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology and facilities including an emergency CT scan. It is a successful example of continuous, integrated care that stems from a coordinated effort among pre-admission and hospital-based providers, with close cooperation among medical specialties in every dimension of critical treatment.

To earn the Level I designation, an emergency room must possess highly qualified and trained specialists (including anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons and trauma surgeons trained to treat adults and children) and appropriate resources to treat all patients immediately, 24 hours a day. A variety of other physicians, such as orthopedic and facial reconstruction surgeons, are on call and promptly available. Level I trauma centers, unlike other emergency rooms, are required to participate in research and community education and outreach.

In 2008, Lutheran's Trauma Center treated 1,391 patients. With a New York State recognized Stroke Center, emergency response standards are among the highest and include a full complement of surgical and medical experts available around the clock, 24 hours a day. Visit http://www.lutheranmedicalcenter.com/News/PressReleases/Detail/?id=68 for a brief look behind the scenes at Lutheran's Level I as told by the New York Daily News.

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