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Lutheran Hospital

Lutheran Hospital is a primary stroke center. According to The Joint Commission, Primary Stroke Certification is considered the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for quality and safety.

Founded on Thanksgiving Day in 1904, Lutheran Hospital has maintained its commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of northeast Indiana.

With over 400 beds in service, The Joint Commission accredited Lutheran Hospital is the region’s only heart and kidney transplant facility. The heart transplant team of physicians, nurses and technicians has earned Lutheran national and world recognition.

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MoICUPatients who require transfer to Lutheran Hospital from a hospital in the outlying area are transported by the hospital's critical care transport team. Mobile Intensive Care Units are staffed by a nurse and paramedic specially trained to stabilize and treat critically ill or injured patients during transport to the hospital.

Lutheran AirLutheran Air is the newest addition to Lutheran Hospital's Critical Care Transport team. The helicopter is a state-of-the-art medical transport unit that provides rapid transport of critically ill or injured patients. Its mission is to support area hospitals in northern Indiana, northwestern Ohio and southern Michigan by offering lifesaving prehospital care and rapid access to tertiary care hospitals.

Primary Stroke Center CertificationLutheran Hospital is a primary stroke center (a national designation by The Joint Commission). According to The Joint Commission, Primary Stroke Certification is considered the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for quality and safety.

The advanced disease-specific certification program was designed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission to standardize the care provided to stroke patients. The standards focus on 10 performance measures that include:

  • providing deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis with 48 hours.
  • treating atrial fibrillation patients with anti-coagulation.
  • having thrombolytic available and ready for treatment if criteria are met.
  • assessing swallowing prior to oral intake.
  • considering a plan for rehabilitation.

To earn this “Gold Standard” distinction, the hospital underwent a voluntary, extensive evaluation of stroke services in early April. Lutheran demonstrated that the stroke program follows national standards and guidelines recommended by the American Stroke Association and the Brain Attack Coalition. These guidelines address the needs of stroke patients from the minute they arrive in the emergency department until their discharge and include:

  • Around-the-clock call coverage by neurologists and neurosurgeons.
  • Access 24/7 to CT scans, the lab and medications.
  • A Stroke Alert process for quickly diagnosing and treating stroke patients arriving within six hours of stroke symptom onset.
  • Order sets that encompass best practice recommendations.
  • Neuroscience nursing staff that receive additional stroke training.
  • Continual analysis of data to track quality of care and outcomes. 

The multidisciplinary team that cares for stroke patients at Lutheran includes physicians from emergency medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as nursing, rehabilitation, radiology, social work, pharmacy and dietary staff.

Lutheran Hospital has been recognized nationally for outstanding care of stroke patients. From our emergency department through the lab and medical imaging to the physicians and nurses, we provide care and treatment that saves lives and quality of life.

Lutheran Hospital is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital's medical staff.