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LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER ER WORKS TO LIMIT THE PAIN

BY MATTHEW LYSIAK
PHOTOS BY TODD MAISEL
 
This article appeared in the Daily News Brooklyn section on Tuesday, May 20th 2008.

Top photo caption: A trauma center team begins to evaluate John Rodriguez, who fell two stories at a construction site. 
Lower photo caption: John Rodriguez is comforted by his wife, Maria, after being stabilized and treated by the trauma center .

As ambulances with sirens screaming navigate the busy streets of South Brooklyn, emergency room doctors calmly scan a patient for injuries after a car crash.

In a room down the hall, nurse Kristine Woods clasps the hand of an elderly patient during a painful moment of need.

In the emergency room, BRAVO ambulance workers share a story with young man who broke his broken leg at a soccer game.

Meanwhile, a physician's assistant takes an accident victim's vital signs as doctors check for head trauma in a nearby room.

Trips to the emergency room are never good. But one Sunset Park emergency room is getting great results.

The Lutheran Medical Center trauma emergency room is one of the busiest and most advanced in the city. Every day there, health-care professionals push themselves to the limit.

To understand what makes a successful hospital work, one must focus on the synergy of a hospital community in motion.

The hospital's Quick Care Program allows patients to be seen and treated quickly and efficiently - with most patients seen within only 15 minutes.

"By redefining the emergency response process, we've … set a new standard for emergency care," said Lutheran President Wendy Goldstein.


Click here to read more about Lutheran's redesigned Emergency Department.

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