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150 55TH St Ste 1, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1122040.646662 -74.020494
Neighborhoods: Sunset Park
Notorious for Staph infections – My Grandmother will probably never recover because of Lutheran med center. Entered for a cracked hip, she was in Augustana center for a month rehabilitating. She was complaining for 2 wks of dizziness, loss of appetitie, cramps. The nurses said "oh, she doesnt like the food, thats why she doesnt eat".
After insisting on test, my grandmother contracted C. Diff colitis from the poor hygiene the nasty, uncooperative nurses practice. Since the Coliitis went unattended for 2wks, it caused ulcers which became infected and turned into sepsis. She needed emergency surgery to remove some of her colon and intestine. Well, now my granmother went septic since the infection was left so long and is breathing solely on a respirator and now has a lung infection.
WHEN WE ASKED HOW SHE CONTRACTED THE COLITIS, THE NURSES RESPONDED 'OH, EVERYONE ON THIS FLOOR HAS THAT'!
C. Diff colitis is a contagious infection that is caused by fecal to mouth contact! Its caused by health care workers not practicing basic hygiene like hand washing! The nurses there barely speak english, so I dont know how they became nurses if they cant even wash their hands.
The doctors act like your a burden when you ask them questions, and the nurses act like they are doing you a favor and give you dirty looks when you ask questions. My grandmother's feeding tube was empty and beeping for 40 minutes until we were screaming for someone to come in!
It's no coincidence I had a brother in law who was recovering from a stroke and with two days left in rehab at Lutheran, caught sepsis (staph infection) from the IV line and catheter. He was given a weak to live, but fought and lived. He now suffers with permanent damage to his organs...again...poor sanitary condtions. A family friend knew of FOUR others who CAUGHT STAPH INFECTIONS FROM THIS HOSPITAL!
Lutheran may be ok for something VERY SHORT TERM, but odds are, if you need long term care or rehab, YOU MUST BEWARE OF THE SANITARY CONDITIONS HERE. GO TO METHODIST OR EVEN MAIMONIDES. This hopspital is a death trap and could care less about their patients. Only if it were their mother or grandmother in the bed, maybe they would care.
Where is the world going? – My fiance currently is staying in this hospital. He has attempted to contact me from there and since trying to call back have found out that if Im not phsyically there in Brooklyn I cant get any damned respect. Its a run around and its soo sad that they really just dont give a damn about the patients. They lie and tell you that you have the wrong unit when in fact you called the right number. They tell you that it's against rules, then they lie and tell you that the "patnients" have to have "permission" to talk to anyone besides the staff and doctors?! W.T.F. If anyone you love goes there you will not ever hear from them again, be gald that you are there to see them even though the STAFF and docotrs are poor in the manner department and telling you anything wrong with them when their with them. Its sad when you call a nurse over the phone and she argues with you and tells you that she is stressed out and she is "not" letting you talk to your love one..and wont do any "favors" as to leaving a messages to them either..They really need to evaluate their staff and who is representing their hospital.
They didn't call me until a half hour after my mother died – When your loved one gets sucked into Lutheran Medical Center - it's like they have entered a "black hole" and you have to do alot of work to get any info. They don't try very hard or make much of an effort, in my opinion and it gets very frustrating. God forbid you are not physically in Brooklyn to personally attend to things (like I was). When you are trying to do things remotely via phone it gets to be a quite a challenge. I had to have friends go to LMC to set up mom's bedside phone or nothing would get done. The doctors will sometimes call you, but very sporadically and usually they have a heavy accent, so you'd better pay attention (I wish I had recorded the calls) and listen closely! My mom died on 3/18 at 11am (she was rushed to LMC on the morning of 3/16). I got a call on that Monday (3/16) morning by a nurse who only said "Your mom fell at home." I did not find out until Wednesday 3/18 at 11:30am (when she was already dead) that she actually had suffered a heart attack either Sunday night or Monday (3/16) morning at home alone. Then the doctor tells me she choked on her food on Tuesday (the next morning, St. Patrick's Day) and that some food went down into her lungs (which then caused aspiration pneumonia)! I asked her why they didn't call me sooner and she (Dr.) says "We couldn't find your phone number." Give me a break, she was in that hospital from the end of January until mid-February then went over to the Augustana (rehab) Center (for about 1 month) which is right across the street from LMC and she was released on Friday, 3/13. I later found out that (conveniently) LMC and Augustana do not communicate with each other (they are "separate entities") and my idea of a social worker was all wrong ( I thought the SW was acting as some kind of a "bridge person" between LMC and Augustana) for the patient. I still do not understand the role of the social worker after this sad episode. I certainly cannot recommend Lutheran Medical Center. Having dealt with them over the last few years for my mother (she died at 72) - every time it was the same thing: little or no information (all oral and never seemed to have written important health related facts down for the family). She would go into that place in years past and we didn't even get a straight answer as far as what had happened. Maybe it is not just LMC, maybe it is a national problem with health care in general, but I never liked LMC and I will never go there for any treatment for myself. I had told my mother she should go to another hospital (I personally like Methodist). But in the end she kept going to the same place (LMC) - I guess from force of habit. I am sure there are plenty of good doctors working there but I have to say that every time mom went in there it was a struggle to find out (clearly) what had happened and I find their communication "skills" to be at a very low level.
Lutheran's Level One Trauma Center is really # 1 !! – My son Ken was taken to Lutheran Medical Center by ambulance from a car crash that even at that time the ambulance attendants didn't think he would make it. . He was brought to the Level One Trauma unit at Lutheran Medical Center in "December 08"... I want to gratefully thank all of the New York City Ambulance attendants that were there and who did a "Wonderful, almost miraculous Job" of wrapping my son's arm and leg so that he could be transported to Lutheran's Level One trauma unit and then to thank all of the Nurses in that unit and the Doctor's and especially to Dr.. Vitale and his assistant and Dr. Lacqua for the wonderful compassion, concern, attentivness and their excellent Medical experience who brought my son back to a progressive healing state. Thank you again for all of that. (His Mom)
CAUTION CAUTION – i was taken to lutheran emergency room last night by ambulance. i told the triage i am extremely stressed out, talking to myself, havent been able to sleep a full seven days since jan, diabetic, suffer from hbp and a disease called lankin planus and seizures . i am 25 yrs old with a history of mental illness in my family . i expected to be put in a seperate place away from to many people and noise for a phychological evaluation instead i was put in a extremely crowded and noisy emergency room i suffered a seizure and past out in the emergency room and was left on the floor a patient came over to help me i hear nurses sayin nothing is wrong with her she is doing it for attention not one time did anyone check my name or check why i was in the er in the first place when i was able to walk i left the emergency room if any of you out there need medical help the last place you should go is lutheran
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