Hospitals defined as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations are required by the national Healthcare Affordability Act to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) once every three years in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. The five Main Line Health hospitals (Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital and the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital) fall under these requirements. The Main Line Health hospitals previously prepared CHNAs in 2009 and in 2013. The CHNAs are one part of Main Line Health’s ongoing commitment to improve the health status of populations it serves.

The Main Line Health hospitals completed their most recent CHNAs in June 2016. They conducted two CHNAs. The hospitals prepared a joint CHNA for the System’s acute-care hospitals (Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital) and a separate CHNA for the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Each CHNA is a report defining the health needs of the hospitals’ service areas. The health needs are identified by conducting an extensive analysis of socio-demographic data and health status characteristics of the residents of the defined CHNA areas, along with input received from a broad range of interests in the community.

After the CHNAs were completed, the Main Line Health acute-care hospitals and Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital each prepared a CHNA Implementation Plan. The community health needs identified in the CHNAs were prioritized in these companion CHNA Implementation Plans. When preparing the two Implementation Plans, the Main Line Health hospitals worked together to determine which priority needs would be addressed by the hospitals, the action plan initiatives to be undertaken to address those needs and the resources to be allocated toward those initiatives. In some cases, the Main Line Health hospitals are partnering with other resources within the Main Line Health System or other organizations in the community to address the identified needs. A page number index is provided in the joint acute-care hospitals implementation plan in order to help readers identify the implementation focus of each hospital.

A Main Line Health System CHNA Oversight Committee has been charged with monitoring the implementation activities of the Main Line Health hospitals as well as tracking progress toward the improvement of identified community health metrics.

The links to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) and their companion CHNA Implementation Plans are listed below. Also listed below are the links to the 2013 CHNAs and CHNA Implementation Plans. (The style and format of the 2013 CHNAs and CHNA Implementation Plans are in compliance with the IRS regulations in place at the time of their adoption by the MLH Board of Governors in May 2013.) Click on the link to access the document.

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

2013 Community Health Needs Assessment