Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, recently hosted a “Unite for HER Wellness Day” on Sunday, April 21. The event featured trained clinicians speaking to breast cancer patients and survivors about the importance of overall wellness—including information about acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation, and nutrition.
The event, which was attended by over 40 patients and caregivers, featured a lunch time discussion by Katie Cavuto Boyle, nutrition expert and consulting dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies, about nutrition and the importance of eating right to promote health. Cavuto Boyle was introduced by Sue Weldon, Paoli Hospital breast cancer survivor and President and Founder of Unite for HER. Throughout the duration of the event, each attendee received an acupuncture consultation, and an interactive experience with yoga, meditation and massage, allowing her to create a personal plan for incorporating those valuable tools into her treatment and recovery. Attendees were also given the opportunity to have skin, makeup and hair consultations.
Main Line Health has built a strong relationship with Unite for HER—hosting the first ever “Wellness Day” at Paoli Hospital in 2010. The Unite for HER Wellness Days are designed to introduce breast cancer patients to complementary therapies that can help restore health. In collaboration with area hospitals, including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital, Unite for HER holds these events on a regular basis. At the conclusion of each event, the women receive vouchers for complimentary therapies.
For information about breast cancer care at Lankenau Medical Center, visit http://www.mainlinehealth.org/lankenaubreast.
About Unite for HER
Unite for HER is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by breast cancer survivor, Sue Weldon. Sue knows the struggles and challenges of facing the disease and is dedicated to supporting women with breast cancer. The organization has developed four areas of outreach that are funded by private donations, sponsorships, grants, and fundraising events. Each of these outreach opportunities was designed to fulfill the organization’s mission, which is to make a positive difference in the lives of women by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs that educate, empower and restore.
Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre suburban campus just outside of Philadelphia, the 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education. Lankenau offers state-of-the-art services from cancer care to maternity care. Lankenau is ranked #14 in Pennsylvania and #10 in the Philadelphia metro area in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, and is high-performing in 12 of 16 potential categories: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital has achieved MAGNET® designation, the nation’s highest award for excellence in nursing care. For more information about Lankenau Medical Center, visit mainlinehealth.org/lankenau.
Mary Kate Coghlan
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