Last month, Lankenau Medical Center hosted nearly 200 local women at the Women’s Heart Initiative, “How Do You Measure Up?” program in the new Heart Pavilion. Former ABC News Medical Contributor and local women’s health champion Marie Savard, MD, was the keynote speaker for the evening and focused on a body shape approach to optimal heart health for women as well as the importance of diet, fitness and other lifestyle factors in preventing heart disease.
Dr. Savard’s presentation was followed by an audience question and answer session with a panel of all-female Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologists including Andrea Becker, MD, Maribel Hernandez, MD, Erin O’Malley Tysko, MD, Riti Patel, MD and Kar-Lai Wong, MD. In addition to the physician panel, there was a marketplace of heart-healthy vendors and health screenings.
The Women’s Heart Initiative educates women in the community about the prevention of heart disease through appropriate screenings, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, understanding of the unique symptoms of heart attack in women, and the importance of calling 911 immediately if experiencing these symptoms.
As part of its mission, the Women’s Heart Initiative and Main Line Health partnered with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative in fighting heart disease and in spreading the word to women throughout the Philadelphia and surrounding region to take care of themselves. Go Red for Women harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to work together to combat this disease. It challenges them to know and understand their risk of heart disease and provides them with the tools they need to live heart healthy lives.
As one of the top-performing cardiovascular medicine and surgery programs in the country, the Lankenau Heart Institute provides world-class, innovative care to patients with heart disease at every stage. With multiple hospitals and community practices throughout the Philadelphia region—including the Heart Pavilion at Lankenau Medical Center—the team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and subspecialists seamlessly integrates prevention, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and chronic disease management into one uncompromising service line that delivers life-saving treatments with life-changing outcomes.
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.