May 2, 2013, Brooklyn, NY…Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) is set to kick off a special 130th anniversary Mission Week series of events in May. The week's highlight includes a visit by the Rev. Dr. Robert Rimbo, Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, on May 8 at 2 p.m. for the Mission Celebration Assembly. With the help of our special guests, we will unveil and bless a modernized mission statement that more accurately reflects the innovative organization that LHC is today while also reaffirming Lutheran's commitment to the basic faith-based tenets that define it.
Mission Week is recognized annually at Lutheran and serves as a time for the LHC community to celebrate its heritage, values, mission and ongoing service to the community. In 1883, Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess-Nurse, Sister Elisabeth Fedde, created the building blocks for Lutheran HealthCare with the founding of the Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital. That original nine-bed hospital grew into what we know today as Lutheran HealthCare. Over the years, Lutheran has evolved and adapted while always remaining faithful to its original mission to serve the needs of its neighbors.
2013 highlights include 130th anniversary buttons for everyone, a traditional blessing of the hands for nurses, symposiums and workshops celebrating mission, nurses and health care. Lutheran will also distribute copies of its new and updated Mission, Vision and Core Values. Lutheran's featured event, Festspill, will take place on May 8 in the main lobby from noon to 4pm. The Norwegian heritage type celebration includes history and artifacts, costumes, baked goods like traditional Norwegian waffles, and much more.
May 6 - Department of Nursing Distinction Awards, 3-4 p.m.
May 8 - Festspill, A Norwegian Heritage Celebration, 12-4 p.m.
May 8 - Mission Celebration Assembly Featuring Bishop Rimbo and Marty Markowitz, 2-3 p.m.