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Lutheran Medical Center receives FDNY approval for emergency coronary intervention

June 15, 2009, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center and its clinical partner in cardiac care, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, have received FDNY STEMI Center designation to perform emergency coronary intervention (emergency angioplasty) at Lutheran. A designated STEMI Center has been deemed particularly qualified to treat STEMI heart attacks (ST elevation myocardial infarction), a particular kind of attack, considered to be the most severe, caused by a clot in one or more of the coronary arteries.

FDNY paramedics deliver about 7,500 cardiac arrests to area hospitals annually. With increased awareness in medical communities on best practices and treatment, the FDNY EMS system has implemented new protocols for ambulance units dispatched to a potential STEMI patient. To increase survival rates, these patients will be taken only to a designated receiving center, like Lutheran Medical Center.

"For patients suffering the crushing pain of a heart attack, a lifesaving trip to a 24-hour STEMI center for urgent intervention could mean the difference between life and death," said Claudia Caine, chief operating officer, Lutheran Medical Center. "This designation will give Lutheran's patients and community the best of both worlds – availability of a full spectrum of diagnostic treatment, and a designated center that can respond quickly with the latest technology after a heart attack."

The key component of an active STEMI Center is primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), otherwise known as angioplasty. The goal of the procedure is to quickly restore blood flow to the heart muscle within 90 minutes of the patient's arrival at a designated receiving hospital. Working closely with Mount Sinai, the cardiac center at Lutheran is now staffed by trained primary PCI experts and is fully operational, 24-hours-a-day, for cardiac emergencies and urgent intervention.

Lutheran's new cardiac initiative is a multidisciplinary effort that brings together the expertise of our own specialists and those of Mount Sinai. In 2005, Lutheran opened the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center, a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization suite (cath lab) to help patients avoid heart disease. With N.Y.S. approval to perform primary PCI, and FDNY STEMI Center designation, Lutheran can detect heart disease at an early stage to avoid an attack, and also provide the latest urgent care after an attack. To find a physician to discuss cardiac related issues, please call Lutheran's "find a physician" hotline at 718-630-RXRX (7979).

About Lutheran Medical Center
A Level I Trauma Center and Stroke Center, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has cared for Brooklyn communities since 1883. As a full service 476-bed teaching hospital, LMC is the hub of Lutheran HealthCare, a network of primary, acute and long-term care centers in southwest Brooklyn. The LMC Surgical Weight Loss Institute is the only program in Brooklyn to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery while also holding a Level 1 Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about LMC and its commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at Follow Lutheran's Twitter feed at

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center. Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.

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