President of Lankenau Medical Center Presents on Emergency Preparedness at CDC Meeting

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lankenau Medical Center President, Phil Robinson, recently gave a presentation on “Hospital Executive Response to an Anthrax Outbreak” at the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Hospital Executives and Disasters: A Stakeholder Meeting, held this month in Atlanta.

As the author of “Anticipate, Respond, Recover: Healthcare Leadership and Catastrophic Events” who served as the CEO of JFK Medical Center in Florida during their anthrax exposure after 9/11, Robinson shared his experiences and challenges he faced when preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and public health emergencies. He also identified strategies and actions that hospital executives can take to increase their organizations’ level of emergency preparedness.

With his knowledge and experience in emergency preparedness, Robinson also led the efforts of a recent evacuation and disaster drill at Lankenau’s new Heart Pavilion in partnership with local emergency responders to ensure the highest level of safety for patients and visitors.

Among his many accomplishments since becoming president of Lankenau Medical Center in 2010, Robinson has most recently overseen the opening of the Heart Pavilion, a five-story, 274,000-square-foot facility delivering world-class medical care to our region, and the generation of the Lankenau Heart Institute, which serves as a destination for advanced, personalized, high-quality cardiovascular care across Main Line Health. He has also led Lankenau to the be named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics and a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission.
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About Lankenau Medical Center

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, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that 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 as number six in Pennsylvania and number four in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals. Lankenau Medical Center is also ranked nationally for diabetes and endocrinology, and is high-performing in eight specialties: cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology & 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. Lankenau has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.

Mary Kate Coghlan
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