February 13, 2014, Brooklyn, NY…
Lutheran HealthCare rang in the Chinese New Year in style with a number of events at its locations including the Shore Hill Neighborhood Center and Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. The week of events culminated with a celebration at Lutheran Medical Center which included the traditional lion dance performed by members of the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association (BCA), as well as Chinese performances by preschoolers from BCA's daycare program. The February 11 event was widely attended by staff, patients and visitors alike.
The event included a brief speaking program featuring Lutheran leadership. After the event, Chinese food was served to staff members. Traditional oranges and red envelopes representing good luck and prosperity were distributed as well. Lutheran representatives also visited Chinese patients with gift baskets to commemorate the holiday.
Lutheran is home to Brooklyn's only Chinese inpatient health care unit. Opened in 2004, the unit offers multilingual doctors and medical staff available 24 hours a day to communicate with patients in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, Chinese meals prepared by a Chinese cook, culturally sensitive color schemes and health care staff trained in the beliefs and customs of their patients. Lutheran also opened a new Brooklyn-Chinese Family Health Center in 2011 at 5008 7th Avenue in the heart of Chinatown specifically designed to meet the needs of one of the city's fastest growing ethnic groups. A new Chinese unit at Augustana opened in August 2012 to provide a comfortable, culturally sensitive environment for health and healing to the senior members.
to see coverage of the event on News 12 Brooklyn.
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