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Lankenau Medical Center research on disparities in care reported at colloquium

Lankenau Medical Center June 19, 2013 In the News

Based on a request from Main Line Health president and CEO Jack Lynch, Lankenau Medical Center launched an initiative last year to make sure that every patient is treated with the highest quality and in an equal manner. Phil Robinson, Lankenau Medical Center president, asked Clinical Investigators at Lankenau Medical Center to look for the presence of racial/ethnic disparities in various elements of healthcare practices at Lankenau Medical Center.

“Four projects were designed by separate investigating teams (including faculty, residents and nurses) pertaining to mammography, colonoscopy, length of time from diagnosis to treatment for patients with cancer diagnoses, and ICD referrals for high risk cardiology patients,” said Stanton Miller, MD, MPH, director of Main Line Health’s Center for Public Health Research (CPHR). CPHR designs and implements innovative research strategies with the intent to improve the public health of all Main Line Health communities.

The results of these research investigations, presented to 150 staff attending the Healthcare Disparities Colloquium last week at Lankenau Medical Center, found that the relatively small scope of disparities between private practice and the Lankenau Clinical Care Center were based on insurance coverage, not race or ethnicity.

“I’m proud they didn’t find any glaring racial/ethnic disparities,” said Lynch, who is chairman of the AHA’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management. “However, if anyone suspects that disparities exist at MLH, I encourage them to share that information with their manager, with their hospital leadership, or with System leadership.”

“To have clinical investigators present evidence-based findings candidly, in public, and in the presence of their hospital president and system CEO is a powerful model for practice improvement,” commented Main Line Health Chief Academic Officer Barry Mann, MD. “This is indeed the way to find and fix problems should they be uncovered.”

Added Dr. Miller, “I am proud to be part of an organization that embraces critical and responsible self-evaluation. In the end, that’s what makes an organization great.”

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

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 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 for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 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 also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.