Lankenau Gala Honors 150 Years of Extraordinary Care

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hospital Campus is renamed Lankenau Medical Center

(Wynnewood, Pa.)—Supporters of Lankenau Medical Center celebrated the institution’s 150th anniversary tonight with a gala grossing more than $1 million to advance Lankenau’s mission of providing world-class healthcare services. More than 500 guests gathered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where the announcement was made that the Lankenau campus is being renamed the Lankenau Medical Center, a distinction that more fittingly describes the institution’s status as a regional center for outstanding medical education, groundbreaking research and patient care.

“Lankenau has had a long and proud history of defining medicine in our region,” said Jack Lynch, Chief Executive Officer and President of Main Line Health. “This is a major milestone and it’s important to celebrate the physicians, employees, donors and organizations who have contributed to Lankenau’s success during the past 150 years.”

Hosted by The Lankenau Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and The John B. Deaver Auxiliary, the black tie 150th Anniversary Gala was the centerpiece of a year-long tribute to Lankenau’s rich history. The focus of the evening was celebrating the relationship between the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Center for Medical EducationLankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) and Lankenau Medical Center, and how their integrated initiatives advance the field of medicine.

The roots of Lankenau Medical Center were planted in Philadelphia in 1860 when the hospital was chartered to receive patients “without distinction of nationality, creed or color.” Later, in 1917, the hospital was renamed to honor one of its founders and major benefactors, John D. Lankenau. After relocating twice, Lankenau Medical Center settled into its current home on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood in 1953.

Today, Lankenau Medical Center is a 331-bed facility with more than 200,000 inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits each year. Also located on the Medical Center campus are the Annenberg Center for Medical Education, which manages a diverse set of programs including training more than 100 residents and fellows through its graduate medical education, as well as LIMR, one of the few freestanding, hospital-associated research centers in the nation, and also one of only 11 independent research institutes nationwide with over 80 years of research excellence.

Lankenau Medical Center is renowned for its nationally-acclaimed heart program, as well as its state-of-the-art Cancer Center, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Kidney Transplant Program.  The Medical Center is equipped with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical system and minimally invasive operating rooms as well the latest imaging technology to diagnose disease and aid in treatment, including the most advanced 64-slice CT scan in the region.

Lankenau has consistently received regional and national recognition by independent organizations such as Premier and Thomson Reuters® for excellence in patient care outcomes and quality of care.  HealthGrades® named Lankenau one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for the past four years, placing it in the top one percent of hospitals for safe, quality clinical care.  Lankenau is also among six percent of hospitals nationwide to be designated a Magnet® hospital, the nation’s top honor in nursing.

Bridget Therriault
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Lankenau Hospital celebrated its 150th anniversary during a gala event held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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