its founding in 1893, Bryn Mawr Hospital and the community it serves
have benefitted from a strong and enduring partnership. Our doctors,
nurses, board members, administrators, volunteers and hospital staff are
your neighbors. Babies whose great-great grandparents were born at Bryn
Mawr are sleeping in our nursery. Our employees give countless hours of
community service to local organizations. The gifts of grateful patients
and friends sustain our financial health so we can continue to provide
Many liken Bryn Mawr Hospital’s position within the very fabric of the
community to a family. I believe that to be true. I write to thank you
for being part of that family and to bring you up to date on
developments at your community hospital.
The annual rankings from Thomson Reuters released last month named Bryn
Mawr Hospital among the nation’s Top 100 Teaching Hospitals.
Winners are chosen from nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals and recognized for
their superior patient outcomes and operational performance. This award
truly belongs to all our professional and support staff whose dedication
to patient care excellence remains unsurpassed.
Also in March, three Main Line Health System Hospitals - Bryn Mawr,
Lankenau and Paoli - received Magnet re-designation,
the nation’s most prestigious accreditation for nursing. In
Magnet-designated hospitals, nurses and staff work collaboratively,
creating “forces of magnetism” that drive innovation, leadership and the
highest standards of professionalism. Independent studies have verified
that Magnet hospitals attract and retain the most highly qualified
nurses, have lower mortality rates, higher patient satisfaction, and
deliver better patient outcomes.
Well ahead in acute care services
Over 11,200 inpatient surgeries were performed at Bryn Mawr Hospital in
2010. We are recognized for our capabilities in general and orthopedic
surgery as well as minimally invasive colon, gallbladder and prostate
surgery, reflecting state-of-the-art clinical practices nationally.
Because of its central location, Bryn Mawr Hospital treats more heart
attacks than other local hospitals. We treated over 1,500 patients in
our interventional catheterization laboratory in 2010 and we were
accredited in chest pain management through the Society of
Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international organization that
certifies hospitals’ capability to appropriately assess, diagnose, and
treat patients experiencing chest pain and possibly a heart attack. The
goal is to reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and
treatment, thereby preserving the integrity of the heart muscle.
Our commitment to quality and safety
Today as never before, hospitals are under intense pressure to ensure
that the care they deliver meets the highest standards of safety and
quality. Creating and maintaining a reliable culture of safety is a
difficult, complex and never-ending process but one that all the Main
Line Health hospitals embrace as a core value. Living it depends on
individuals who understand what is expected of them and who perform
their work with professionalism and accountability on systems that
incorporate and promote safe design. I am very proud of Bryn Mawr
Hospital’s record in this area and pledge our unwavering commitment to
continually improve our performance.
Looking to the future
We are progressing on our strategic partnership with Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital to advance the care of patients suffering from
stroke. Bryn Mawr Hospital is embarking on a neuro-interventional
program, in partnership with physicians from Jefferson. Bryn Mawr
Hospital will be the center for this advanced care within the Main Line
To support this, we will be constructing a fourth interventional
catheterization lab specially equipped to provide a complete spectrum of
minimally invasive services for the diagnosis and treatment of patients
with vascular problems related to the brain and spinal cord. In the
past, certain conditions that would have required open surgery such as
aneurysms, vascular malformations, and tumors of the head, brain, neck
and spine can now be considered for a minimally invasive treatment using
an endovascular approach to reach the problem.
Bryn Mawr Hospital’s stroke team will be supported by Jefferson
neurosurgeons around the clock to provide this service when the new
catheterization lab opens in 2012.
An ounce of prevention
While Bryn Mawr Hospital remains focused on delivering the most advanced
medicine to treat and cure illness and injury, we also recognize the
important role we can and should play in prevention and disease
management. Going forward, our mission summons us to be stewards of our
community’s health through wellness and prevention programs that give
you the tools you need to take care of your health, understand your
options and make the best health care choices for you and your family.
To learn more, visit brynmawrhospital.org
and click “FindWellness Info”.
The power of community
I am frequently asked how Bryn Mawr Hospital is adapting to the rapidly
evolving health care environment as health care reform legislation
begins to take effect. It’s an important question about a complicated
and often confusing issue.
Without question, the health care arena is in profound transition.
Consumers and providers alike are struggling to understand what all the
changes mean and how best to address them. It is my belief that while
daunting, the new realities also present unprecedented opportunities, as
they have throughout our history.
In 1893, when Dr. Gerhard persuaded a group of influential civic leaders
to invest in his plan to build a hospital to serve Philadelphia’s
western suburbs, the country was in the midst of a depression. During
the stock market crash of 1929, hospital leaders, putting the needs of
the community first, converted the “old” hospital (now the Gerhard
Building) to a nursing school and built a new, bigger hospital next to
it. In 1990, in the throes of a recession, the west wing expansion was
completed. More recently, a major renovation and expansion of our
Emergency Department was accomplished with 75% of the cost covered by
Amid the forces of change that have transformed our campus, indeed every
aspect of health care locally and nationally, Bryn Mawr Hospital and the
Main Line Health System remain committed and focused on meeting the
health care needs of our community. We work hard to know our patients,
to earn their trust, to be good stewards of their health and of their
charitable gifts. They in turn tell us how much they appreciate the
personal, compassionate care they receive from their nurses, the
dedication of their doctors, the friendly smile of a volunteer.
Family, partnership, community – these enduring bonds have and will
hopefully continue to keep you, and Bryn Mawr Hospital, well ahead
I appreciate this opportunity to share our latest news with you and to
thank you for your ongoing interest and support. Please be assured of
our commitment to continue earning both.
Andrea F. Gilbert
President, Bryn Mawr Hospital
PS: Despite an uncertain economy and the many worthy organizations in
our area that depend upon philanthropy, I deeply appreciate the
willingness of so many to continue supporting Bryn Mawr Hospital as
often and as generously as they can. To all our loyal donors, I extend
heartfelt thanks and renew assurances that every gift is gratefully
received and wisely invested in our highest priority or other
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