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LMC EMS WEEK EVENT RECOGNIZES EMTS AND PARAMEDICS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES NATIONAL EMS WEEK AND RECOGNIZES EMTS AND PARAMEDICS WHO HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND IN THE LINE OF DUTY

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May 22, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across the country are celebrating EMS week from May 20-26, 2007. All week long local communities and medical personnel come together to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services on the medical "front line."
 
In honor of EMS Week Lutheran Medical Center celebrated two of its paramedics. John Kucelin, a Lutheran Medical Center paramedic since 1997 and Charles Huggins, a Lutheran Medical Center paramedic since 2004 were honored for heroic actions that ultimately saved the lives of a mother and her daughter who were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. Each received Lutheran HealthCare's Presidential Award, presented to employees whose actions are deemed extraordinary in services to patient care, hospitality, customer service or organizational effectiveness.

Lutheran's Ambulance department also recognized its "EMS Employees of the Year." Danielle Moulton, EMT; Thomas Malone, EMT; Joe Braganza, paramedic; and Jay Swithers; paramedic, were all presented citations for exemplary service. The department consists of 50 paramedics and 70 EMT's who save lives everyday.

Lutheran Medical Center's Emergency Department has recently made major improvements to increase services and provide a more comfortable environment for both patients and family members. Lutheran has recently seen a 15 percent increase of patients over the past year, with the daily average of 147 patients rising to 169. Like so many other NYC hospitals, as the patient numbers were growing, wait times were climbing. As a result, Lutheran organized a multidisciplinary team to create a program that has seen incredible results in a very short period of time. In fact, our streamline process has been so successful, that all patients are triaged in the Lutheran ED in less than five minutes.

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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