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Filled with mementos of the day, it will be opened on Lutheran's 200th anniversary in 2083!

December 19, 2008, Brooklyn, New York…In 2008, Lutheran HealthCare commemorated its 125th anniversary. On December 17, the yearlong celebration came to a close with the burial of a time capsule containing items from various departments and mementos from 2008.

Scheduled to be opened in 75 years on Lutheran's 200th anniversary, the time capsule contains items representing the work of various departments including a volunteer uniform, dinner dance journal, sample medical devices, past editions of the health system's newsletters, a special edition of the New York Times announcing the election of Barack Obama and much more.

Sister Elisabeth Fedde (played by Lutheran HealthCare's Rosanne Raso, R.N., SVP for Nursing Services), the Norwegian Lutheran deaconess nurse who founded Lutheran back in 1883, made a special appearance at the event. Sister Fedde discussed the great strides Lutheran has made in serving Brooklyn's diverse community and bringing high quality culturally competent health care to its neighbors for more than 125 years.

The capsule, now placed near the medical center's main entrance on 55th Street, will be registered with the International Time Capsule Society and won't be opened until the year 2083!

Throughout 2008, Lutheran celebrated 125th anniversary festivities from healthy living workshops to screenings, education and prevention opportunities, and variety of other events including blood drives and volunteer service awards. Additionally, every 125th baby born at Lutheran was honored during the year, receiving gift certificates from Babies"R"Us. One lucky winner won a $1,250 savings bond.

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.

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