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LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER RANKED A TOP HOSPITAL AND EARNS NEWEST FIVE-STAR RATING IN NATIONAL STUDY

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LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER RANKED A TOP HOSPITAL AND EARNS NEWEST FIVE-STAR RATING IN NATIONAL STUDY
LMC scores among the highest in the country for community value

May 3, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center has been named to the Community Value Index (CVI) Top 100 Hospitals list for the second year in a row. Scoring in the top 20 percent, it has also been designated a "Five-Star" facility. The fourth annual CVI study measures the involvement and performance of hospitals in their community and nationwide.

The "Top 100" ranking lists the highest scoring facilities in the country. Lutheran Medical Center is one of only five hospitals in New York City to make the list. Lutheran's additional "Five-Star" rating means it achieved a CVI ranking in the top 20 percent of the more than 3,500 hospitals included in the study. The rating lists Lutheran Medical Center as a low cost, low charge hospital, which uses financial resources efficiently while maintaining a high degree of community value.

"To be named one of the areas top ranked hospitals for the second year in a row means that we are succeeding in our mission of providing the highest quality of services for our community," said Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO, Lutheran Medical Center. "Most importantly, as area hospitals struggle financially, Lutheran remains extremely efficient. The Brooklyn community can count on us for another 124 years."

The CVI is a tool developed to measure the value that a hospital provides to its community in three areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, and pricing. The CVI Top 100 is part of the State of the Hospital Industry 2007 Edition Report prepared by Cleverley + Associates, a leading health care financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies. The company's primary focus is to provide health care providers with solutions and recommendations that will enhance their financial performance through better pricing decisions; improved coding, capital restructuring, cost and productivity enhancements; and/or investment management changes. For more information, call Cleverley + Associates at 888-779-5663 or visit www.cleverleyassociates.com

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 www.LutheranMedicalCenter.com.

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