Five-year-old, Braden Levinton, has been his mother’s biggest supporter (and little super hero) throughout her year-long breast cancer journey. This Friday, as he accompanies her to her final chemotherapy treatment, Dr. Marisa Weiss, director of breast health outreach at Lankenau Medical Center and founder of breastcancer.org, wanted to show Braden how his smile and “super strength” brightened the days of not only his mother, but many other patients and employees. Dr. Weiss reached out to Viacom (she has a relationship with them through breastcancer.org) and told them the story of Braden and how he loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Viacom has sent a Ninja Turtle costume and other gifts to Dr. Weiss. When Braden and his mom arrive at the hospital, Dr. Weiss is going to have him change into the costume. When he walks with his mom up to her last chemotherapy treatment, Lankenau Medical Center physicians and staff will be lining the hallways, cheering on the super hero—“Ninja Turtle Kid.” Local police, fire and ambulance will also be on site to offer gifts to Braden Levinton.
WHEN: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm
WHY: Inspired by what San Francisco did for the “Bat Kid,” Dr. Weiss and Lankenau Medical Center physicians and staff decided to do something similar for Braden to show him how he has provided his mom with “super strength.”
WHO: Braden, his mother, Dr. Weiss and Lankenau Medical Center physicians and employees, Lower Merion Police, Narberth Ambulance and Penn Wynne Fire Department (with the support of Viacom and breastcancer.org)
WHERE: Lankenau Medical Center, Main Lobby (Frankel Lobby), 100 East Lancaster Avenue Wynnewood, PA 19096
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 2019–20, and was ranked as high-performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery and nephrology. 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.