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Lutheran earns five-star status

Lutheran Medical Center has been named to the Community Value Index (CVI) top 100 hospitals in the country list for the fourth year in a row. Scoring in the top 20 percent, it has also been designated a “Five-Star” facility.

“To be named one of the nation’s top ranked hospitals for the fourth year in a row means that we are succeeding in our mission to provide the highest quality services,” said Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO. “Most importantly, as the health care industry struggles financially, LMC remains extremely efficient. Our Brooklyn neighbors can count on us to provide the right health services, in the best way.”

The CVI is a proprietary index created to offer a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community. The annual listing identifies the nation’s top hospitals that are low cost, low charge hospitals, which use financial resources efficiently while maintaining a high degree of community value. This year’s findings are published in Cleverley Associates’ “State of the Hospital Industry-2009 edition.”

Cleverley Associates is a leading health care financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies. The company’s primary focus is to provide health care providers with solutions and recommendations that will enhance their financial performance through better pricing decisions; improved coding, capital restructuring, cost and productivity enhancements; and/or investment management changes.

For more, go to www.lutheranmedicalcenter.com, or follow Lutheran HealthCare on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lutheranhc, and facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lgnq3x.

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