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Two Main Line Health nurse educators given 2014 End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Award

April 15, 2015 News Releases

(Bryn Mawr, PA) – Two Main Line Health (MLH) Nurse Educators, Kelli Anspach and Laura Bruce, have been given the 2014 End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) award for their commitment to improving end-of-life care across MLH and in the community.

After attending the ELNEC train-the-trainer course in October 2013, Anspach and Bruce quickly went to work planning and implementing the ELNEC program across MLH. With the support of Barbara Wadsworth, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Main Line Health, the two used existing evidence to show potential return on investment. Grant money was awarded through a community partnership and supplemented by a generous family donation.

“Kelli and Laura have dedicated so much time and energy into implementing this project at MLH, and they are truly deserving of this recognition,” says Wadsworth. “The mission of the ELNEC project is of great importance, providing necessary education to nursing staff to improve end-of-life care for both the patient and their family. I am so proud of Kelli and Laura for their commitment to this sacred work.”

The ELNEC project is a national education initiative to improve palliative care. The project provides health care providers with tools to support the palliative care team in providing end of life nursing care for patients and their families. Topics include cultural/spiritual considerations, communication, pain/symptom management, death and dying, and loss and grief, among others.

In 2014, Anspach and Bruce held seven ELNEC Core Training courses and had a total of 314 participants, including nurses with and without experience with end of life care, case managers, social workers, chaplains and other health care providers interested in improving palliative care. They also created a simplified class for patient care technicians, unit secretaries, and nursing assistants that they held twice with 46 participants. They are measuring RN self-efficacy outcomes via a validated tool and are currently working on nursing research to capture correlation between ELNEC attendance and HCAHPS scores.

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.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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