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Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council to give opening remarks


Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council to give opening remarks

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September 25, 2007, Brooklyn, New York… The Sunset Park Family Health Center, the founder of the Lutheran Family Health Center network, is set to celebrate 40 years of serving as Sunset Park's primary care home. A Gala Awards Dinner and fundraiser are set for October 12 at the Brooklyn Marriott. Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, will give the opening remarks and the event honors George Adams, president emeritus; Harvey Holzberg, executive director emeritus, Senator Robert Menendez and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.

George Adams served as the president of Lutheran Medical Center for twenty-nine years. He articulated a mission for the hospital, defining health as the general well being of the community, which remains Lutheran's mission today. By fostering his vision he transformed Lutheran into a comprehensive health delivery system that included the Sunset Park Family Health Center. Under his leadership, Lutheran was awarded the first-ever Foster G. McGaw Prize, the AHA's award for "Hospital Excellence in Community Service."

Harvey A. Holzberg, chief executive officer of Hoboken University Medical Center, served as the senior vice president of Administration at Lutheran Medical Center from 1968 - 1983. In 1967, He hired individuals to conduct a survey of the community to determine their needs. As a result, the Sunset Park Family Health Center was developed to provide quality health care to the residents of Sunset Park. Mr. Holzberg was appointed as the administrator of the health center, which developed into one of the largest health centers in the country.

Senator Robert Menendez has been fighting for New Jersey families in Washington since 1992, where he rose to become the third-highest ranking democrat in the House of Representatives before taking office in the Senate in 2006. In Congress, he has fought to make health care more affordable for New Jersey's families and to improve schools so they prepare our children for a successful future. Now he is fighting to make college more affordable for the next generation of leaders.

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. As a fighter for equal rights of the underrepresented and a proponent of economic opportunity for the working class and poor, Congresswoman Velázquez combines sensibility and compassion as she works to encourage economic development, protect community health and the environment, combat crime and worker abuses, and secure access to affordable housing, quality education and health care for all New York City families.

The Sunset Park Family Health Center, Lutheran's initial federally funded site that opened in 1967, has grown to the current Lutheran Family Health Centers network of nine full-time community health centers, 14 school based health centers and a full spectrum of support and enabling services. As the primary care home for 95,000 people each year, Lutheran has come a long way in 40 years.

The Sunset Park Family Health Center's 40th Anniversary celebratory dinner will be an opportunity for staff, patients and supporters to celebrate its unique and distinguished 40-year history.

For more information or to learn about ticket and sponsorship opportunities visit /Newsor call Amy Mugavero, vice president of Development, at 718-630-6245.


The Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), based in Sunset Park, is a federally qualified community-based ambulatory health care system affiliated with Lutheran HealthCare. Governed by the Sunset Park Health Council, Inc., and serving southwest Brooklyn, LFHC is one of the largest health center networks in the country. With nine full-time community health centers, eight medical partnerships, 14 school-based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, three child care centers and a family wellness center, the network has served as Brooklyn's medical home for more than 40 years.


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