Hospitals defined as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
regulations are required by the national Healthcare Affordability Act to
conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) once every three
years in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. The five Main Line
Health hospitals (Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli
Hospital, Riddle Hospital and the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital)
fall under these requirements. The Main Line Health hospitals previously
prepared CHNAs in 2009 and in 2013. The CHNAs are one part of Main Line
Health’s ongoing commitment to improve the health status of populations
The Main Line Health hospitals completed their most recent CHNAs in June
2016. They conducted two CHNAs. The hospitals prepared a joint CHNA for
the System’s acute-care hospitals (Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr
Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital) and a separate CHNA for
the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Each CHNA is a report defining
the health needs of the hospitals’ service areas. The health needs are
identified by conducting an extensive analysis of socio-demographic data
and health status characteristics of the residents of the defined CHNA
areas, along with input received from a broad range of interests in the
After the CHNAs were completed, the Main Line Health acute-care
hospitals and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital each prepared a CHNA
Implementation Plan. The community health needs identified in the CHNAs
were prioritized in these companion CHNA Implementation Plans. When
preparing the two Implementation Plans, the Main Line Health hospitals
worked together to determine which priority needs would be addressed by
the hospitals, the action plan initiatives to be undertaken to address
those needs and the resources to be allocated toward those initiatives.
In some cases, the Main Line Health hospitals are partnering with other
resources within the Main Line Health System or other organizations in
the community to address the identified needs. A page number index is
provided in the joint acute-care hospitals implementation plan in order
to help readers identify the implementation focus of each hospital.
A Main Line Health System CHNA Oversight Committee has been charged with
monitoring the implementation activities of the Main Line Health
hospitals as well as tracking progress toward the improvement of
identified community health metrics.
The links to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) and
their companion CHNA Implementation Plans are listed below. Also listed
below are the links to the 2013 CHNAs and CHNA Implementation Plans.
(The style and format of the 2013 CHNAs and CHNA Implementation Plans
are in compliance with the IRS regulations in place at the time of their
adoption by the MLH Board of Governors in May 2013.) Click on the link
to access the document.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.