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As seen recently in U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Hospitals

August 2, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center's (LMC) Stroke Center has been awarded the Silver Performance Achievement award (PAA) for excellence by the American Heart Association's "Get With the Guidelines" (GTWTG) program.

"The care our patients receive at Lutheran Medical Center is our number one priority," said Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and chief executive officer. "We are proud to be among a special group of hospitals recognized nationally for excellence in stroke care and in implementing the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program."

LMC is the highest-ranking hospital in N.Y.C. for the stroke award. The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the seven core GWTG-Stroke measures. The different levels of PAAs reflect the amount of time for which the hospital demonstrates performance. The news was announced in last week's edition of U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Hospitals issue. Get With The Guidelines is a program designed to ensure continuous quality improvements at hospitals nationwide.

For state designated stroke centers, like Lutheran Medical Center, that means high quality measures related to acute treatment and prevention. The New York State Department of Health has named LMC a designated regional stroke center. That means that Lutheran has a comprehensive stroke and neuro team ready to respond in a moments notice. In fact, Lutheran administers more tPA (an advanced clock breaking drug) than any other hospital in New York. The drug can only be administered within the first few hours of onset, which is directly related to Lutheran's advanced rapid response system.

The Joint Commission, a national health care accrediting organization, has also certified Lutheran as a primary stroke center. The certification demonstrates that Lutheran Medical Center meets the Joint Commission's rigorous standards and performance measurements in caring for stroke patients.

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

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