No visit to the Health Education Center at Lankenau is complete without meeting Pandora, our transparent, talking mannequin. For almost 50 years, Pandora has been showing children the wonders of the human body. Lankenau Medical Center's Pandora welcomes students to the Health Education Center and serves as our official hostess and in-house health expert!
Pandora provides kids with an up close and interactive look into the workings of human body. She talks, she moves, she even lights up like a pinball machine! Through Pandora, kids gain a greater understanding of each of the body's organs and systems...not to mention an experience that they'll remember for a long time.
Pandora was originally built in the Deutsches Gesundheits Museum in Cologne, Germany in 1955 where she was known as “Fraulein Gesundheit”.
In 1956, the Museum sent Pandora to her new home at Lankenau Medical Center. Her transatlantic trip was quite an experience! She traveled aboard the Berlin a North German ocean liner. The ship battled strong winds at sea. The ship finally arrived in New York Harbor with “The Lady” aboard on October 15, 1956.
Three days later, on October 18, Pandora made her grand entrance at Lankenau Medical Center. She arrived at the hospital's emergency room entrance in a large red truck, very quietly in the afternoon. She traveled in four large crates. One crate contained a six foot pedestal; the second a revolving pedestal. Still a third contained a console with more buttons, gadgets and dials than the organ in Radio City Music Hall! And in a fourth crate was…The Talking Transparent Woman herself!
During her first year at Lankenau, the hospital held a contest for local students to give "The Talking Transparent Woman" a new name. A fifth grade boy entered the name “Pandora” -- comparing the human body to Pandora's Box from Greek mythology -- and won! He received a $25.00 savings bond as his prize (a lot of money back then!)
In the years since, thousands of kids from all across the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia area have met the amazing Pandora and taken part in programs and classes at the Health Education Center. We hope you or your kids visit the Health Education Center and let Pandora become part of your health education.
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