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The Mount Sinai Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center Affiliate to Increase Cardiac Care for Brooklyn Community

(New York, New York—April 30, 2008)—The Mount Sinai Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center have agreed to enter into a clinical affiliation to offer premier cardiac care in Brooklyn. Mount Sinai and Lutheran have applied to New York State for permission to jointly operate the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center on Lutheran's campus.

Under this new initiative, The Mount Sinai Hospital's -Mount Sinai Heart- (MSH) will help provide extended cardiac care, equipment, training, clinical support, on-call physician access and administrative services to the catheterization lab at Lutheran. This new partnership is designed to provide residents of the community with easier, more rapid access to needed cardiac specialty medical and surgical services.

"Mount Sinai is excited about the prospect of working more closely with Lutheran Medical Center. We look forward to bringing Mount Sinai Heart's expertise to this new alliance and further developing our relationship beyond cardiac care," said Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, President and CEO, The Mount Sinai Hospital.

"We couldn't be more pleased to partner with Mount Sinai for our community's health," said Wendy Z. Goldstein, President and CEO, Lutheran Medical Center. "Area patients will be able to draw upon the combined resources and experience of medical experts at both Lutheran and Mount Sinai Heart for the best possible cardiac care."

"I am very enthusiastic about this affiliation," said Dr. Samin Sharma, Director of Interventional Cardiology, Mount Sinai Heart. "Good cardiac care in southwest Brooklyn can only get better with the majority of cardiac care now provided locally at the Lutheran Medical Center."

"We are thrilled to partner with Mount Sinai and bring a new high quality cardiac service to the Brooklyn community," said Robert Zaloom, M.D., Lutheran Medical Center Cardiologist and Director of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Diagnostic Cardiology Center. "Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Sunset Park and Brooklyn. With convenient access to the best diagnostic technology, we can change this statistic. It's what Brooklyn deserves and what our patient's expect."

As area cardiac deaths and hospitalizations remain at alarming levels, Lutheran's catheterization lab received broad support among community based organizations and New York's elected officials. The construction of the cardiac suite was made possible by the generous financial contributions of the May Ellen and Gerald Ritter Foundation, a private charitable foundation established to provide funding for public charities in the Greater New York area.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.

Mount Sinai Heart
Mount Sinai Heart, under the creative leadership of Dr. Valentin Fuster, takes an integrated approach to clinical care, basic research and clinical research to dramatically improve the heart health of individuals globally. Mount Sinai Heart encompasses The Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, preeminent resources for the study and treatment of heart and blood vessel diseases. Committed to finding new and improved methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, they comprise a multidisciplinary effort that brings together the expertise of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, medical education, research and community service, with state-of-the-art facilities for patient care, advanced laboratories for scientific research and leading programs for postgraduate education of clinician-scientists.

About Lutheran Medical Center
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. With comprehensive urgent stroke care and a full service rehabilitation team, Lutheran's Stroke Center is an official New York State Designated Regional Stroke Center and has earned Primary Stroke Center designation by the Joint Commission. 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. Learn more about LMC and its 125-year-old commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at

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