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MORE THAN 700 ATTENDED SUNSET PARK FAMILY HEALTH CENTER’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

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MORE THAN 700 ATTENDED SUNSET PARK FAMILY HEALTH CENTER'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Event featured N.Y.C. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Senator Robert Menendez, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, George Adams and Harvey Holzberg

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October 18, 2007, Brooklyn, New York...The Sunset Park Family Health Center celebrated 40 years of serving as Sunset Park's primary care home with a gala awards dinner and fundraiser on October 12 at the Brooklyn Marriott. More than 700 people attended the 40th anniversary gala with opening remarks from Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, and honored the efforts of community health pioneers: George Adams, president emeritus; Harvey Holzberg, executive director emeritus, Senator Robert Menendez and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.

"Thanks to early pioneers George Adams and Harvey Holzberg, the Sunset Park Family Health Center has served as our community's health guardian as well as a catalyst for overall neighborhood revitalization," said Larry McReynolds, executive director of the Lutheran Family Health Centers. "And today, on our 40th anniversary, we are proud to celebrate the vital roles all health centers play across the tri-state area. We are not only our community's family doctor but our community's health care safety net."

One of the nation's first, largest and most comprehensive federally qualified community health centers, the Sunset Park Family Health Center is the hub of the Lutheran Family Health Centers network, which operates nine full-time sites offering comprehensive primary, specialty, and dental services. The network also includes 14 school-based health centers, comprehensive behavioral health and HIV/AIDS programs, and a full array of enabling services. With 600,000 patient visits each year, LFHC is the primary care home for 95,000 individuals.

"Primary care, and the community health centers that provide it, are absolutely essential to the health and well-being of our families," said Speaker Christine Quinn. "The Sunset Park Family Health Center's achievements in the past 40 years are monumental. The history of this health center is a demonstration of the impact that a medical home can have on families and communities. This evening serves as a call to action to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to this level of high quality care."

The Sunset Park Family Health Center opened its doors in October 1967 with the guidance of the Sunset Park Health Council, leadership of Lutheran Medical Center, and a $706,847 grant from the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity. Within one year of its establishment it became the medical home for nearly 20,000 residents of Sunset Park.

"I was proud to stand tonight with the past, current and future leadership of Lutheran Family Health Centers to honor their 40 years of service to the Brooklyn community," said Senator Robert Menendez."Community Health Centers form the foundation for both our urban and rural healthcare systems. I have worked hard to ensure that we continue to support health centers like LFHC so that they can continue to serve their community for the next 40 years, and beyond."

"With so many of our Brooklyn residents receiving care at Sunset Park Family Health Center, I have seen first hand the critical importance the Health Center has played in this community for the last four decades," said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. "Community Health Centers like LFHC are imperative to reducing health disparities and ensuring access to primary care among our low-income communities. I will continue to do whatever I can to make certain we support our neighborhood community health centers."

Today, the Sunset Park Family Health Center is the hub of a far reaching system of community health centers collectively known as the Lutheran Family Health Centers, a network of nine full-time community health centers, 14 school based health centers and a full spectrum of support and enabling services. As the primary care home for 95,000 people each year, Lutheran has come a long way in 40 years.

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The Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), based in Sunset Park, is a federally qualified community-based ambulatory health care system affiliated with Lutheran HealthCare. Governed by the Sunset Park Health Council, Inc., and serving southwest Brooklyn, LFHC is one of the largest health center networks in the country. With nine full-time community health centers, eight medical partnerships, 14 school-based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, three child care centers and a family wellness center, the network has served as Brooklyn's medical home for more than 40 years.

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