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In recognition of its 125th anniversary Lutheran invites the community to share its health care stories

January 7, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…In 2008, Lutheran HealthCare will commemorate its 125th anniversary. As part of the year-long celebration, Lutheran and its affiliates are inviting community members throughout Brooklyn to share their stories.

"Our stories define us," says Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and chief executive officer. "A longstanding provider of quality health care and support services to southwest Brooklyn, Lutheran's history wouldn't be complete without the personal experiences, memories and reflections of the patients and families it serves."

The stories surrounding the hospital's great service to its community are a testament to our devotion to the families in the borough of Brooklyn. Since 1883, even before Brooklyn consolidated into the City of New York, Lutheran Medical Center has been on the front lines of community health and providing direct support to the sick and poor. That remains at the heart of the health care system's mission today.

Anniversary festivities are planned throughout 2008 and include a 125th Anniversary Community Outreach Series of lectures, screenings, education and prevention opportunities. Starting in January, in recognition of National Blood Donor Month, we will hold a "125 Donors in a Month" blood drive. All participating donors will have a chance to enter a raffle and win gift certificates and prizes. Every 125th baby born at Lutheran will receive a special gift and a chance to win a $1,250 savings bond. Lutheran will also host its 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers on May 10, 2008. The annual black tie event was a smash success last year, with more than 900 partygoers who helped raise nearly $1 million for health programs and services.

Today, in 2008, that commitment and devotion to a community's overall "health" remains as strong as ever. The new Lutheran HealthCare remains a leader in community-based health with one the of the country's largest federally qualified health center systems, hundreds of subsidized housing units for seniors, a family support center that provides free job training, English classes, reading and Even Start programs. The medical center continues to redefine the "community hospital" concept with the area's only Level I Trauma Center, a N.Y.S. designated regional stroke center, a bariatric surgical institute, and more.

To submit your Lutheran stories please call the External Affairs Department at 718-630-7155, via fax at 718-492-5948, or e-mail directly to All stories will be reviewed and you may be contacted about using your story in any of our publications. 


As Brooklyn's premier heath care network, Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) is a comprehensive medical and social support system committed to providing services for the whole person -- physically, emotionally and spiritually. The LHC system of community health providers includes Lutheran Medical Center, the Lutheran Family Health Centers, Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, Community Care Organization, Inc, Health Plus, senior housing programs and more. Learn about LHC and its 125-year-old commitment to serving Brooklyn neighborhoods by visiting


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