Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion


About DREI

Since 2013, our Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion initiative has created a foundation for fostering a culture of respect where every patient, employee and visitor at Main Line Health feels valued. This initiative celebrates our differences and our similarities.

Main Line Health is committed to advancing the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. We do this by building trust and identifying and eliminating disparities in care with the understanding that structural racism has affected confidence in the health care system. With this in mind, our work focuses on:

  • Creating an environment of inclusion for all
  • Advancing health equity
  • Eliminating disparities in care
  • Impacting Social Drivers of Health

We work hard every day to be the best place to give and receive care, while serving our community through our mission, vision and values. Some of our most important values and core work that drive us every day include:

  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Diversity
  • Respect
  • Health equity

The Power of Collaboration

Creating a culture of respect requires mutual participation from every one of us, every day. Through collaborative work, partnerships and interprofessional teams, Main Line Health positively impacts our community.

The following programs demonstrate that through interprofessional collaboration and partnership, small groups can have an immediate and sustainable impact on their communities:

  • The American Hospital Association's #123 for Equity Pledge
  • System-wide diversity education
  • Pursuing Equity Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Annual Healthcare Disparities Colloquium
  • Patient-centered Medical Student Advocate (MSA) program
  • Youth-centered Health Career Collaborative (HCC)
  • Center for Population Health Research
  • Deaver Wellness Farm
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LGBTQ inclusive care and health equity

As just one part of our LGBTQ+ inclusive care and health equity work, we've adopted a new policy for gender-neutral bathrooms throughout our facilities. Every detail matters to us as we embrace everyone's unique identity.

Pursuing equity: The framework of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Main Line Health adopted the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Pursuing Equity Initiative’s five-pillar framework to further the work of our organization. We’re dedicated to providing care that is all-inclusive.

Health equity and operations

Learn about Main Line Health's clinical environment workgroups (CEWs), which are determined by clinical program focus (such as medicine, surgery, OB/GYN or emergency medicine/ICU). These allow our employees to drive improvements in health outcomes.

Diversity councils

Ranging from education to community outreach, these workgroups focus on refining strategies, adopting best practices and tackling pertinent issues. Among them, the Education Workgroup with a challenging but crucial task of educating 11,000 employees about the importance of DREI.

Faculty and staff recognition

Meet Lankenau Medical Center’s former president, the late Phillip D. Robinson, whose outstanding commitment and innovative insights pioneered health equity here. His creation of Delema G. Deaver farm has left an inspirational legacy at Main Line Health.