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Bryn Mawr Hospital planning $200 million modernization, positioning hospital for evolving community health needs

Main Line Health April 16, 2015 News Releases

Campus modernization project includes new patient pavilion

(Bryn Mawr, PA) – Bryn Mawr Hospital (BMH), part of Main Line Health (MLH), has received tentative sketch plan approval from Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners for a $200 million Campus Master Plan to modernize the Hospital campus, the most significant facility improvement in its more than 120-year existence and the second largest capital investment in Main Line Health history. The modernization project will include a new patient pavilion, as well as renovations to the labor/ delivery and maternity units. Once completed in 2018, the Hospital will be equipped with all private patient rooms, contemporary facilities and advanced technology to support the evolving needs of the community.

“Part of our mission at Main Line Health is to continually and responsibly reinvest in the communities we serve to ensure that access to both wellness resources and superior patient care is readily available to all,” said Jack Lynch, President and CEO of MLH. “For more than 120 years, Bryn Mawr Hospital has been serving the health needs of its community-- this modernization project reinforces our commitment to serve as stewards of health and wellness by ensuring BMH is positioned to provide preventive services and advanced technology and treatment options for well into the future.”

“The Campus Master Plan and modernization project builds upon Bryn Mawr Hospital's long-standing history of providing exceptional, leading-edge health care in our community,” says Andrea Gilbert, President, BMH. “This investment is evidence of Main Line Health and Bryn Mawr Hospital's continuing promise to deliver personalized, advanced care in a comfortable, contemporary setting. A treasured community teaching hospital for more than a century, the next iteration of Bryn Mawr Hospital envisions a physical space that matches the patient-centered, quality-driven care that remains core to our mission.”

The new Campus Master Plan includes a five-story, 203,000 square foot patient pavilion which is comprised of 12 replacement operating rooms in a state-of-the-art surgical suite, renovations to the Warden Lobby (the main Hospital entrance), and 72 replacement patient rooms (54 medical/surgical beds and 18 critical care beds). The building will be erected in the center of the campus, taking the place of the Clothier Building and Medical Office Building South. The Campus Master Plan will be supported by a community fundraising effort.

A parallel project to the $200 Million Modernization Project is the construction of a new medical office building (MOB) by a private, national developer to construct a 100,000 square foot MOB located on Bryn Mawr Avenue for multi-specialty clinician offices. The MOB project also involves two levels to be added to the Bryn Mawr Avenue parking garage.

An international architecture, engineering and planning firm, RTKL, is designing the patient pavilion and existing department renovations, and HSC Builders & Construction Managers is managing the building construction. Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., is serving as the overall project manager.

Groundbreaking for the medical office building will begin in the fall of 2015 with completion in the fall of 2016. Groundbreaking for the new patient pavilion and other Hospital renovations will begin the summer of 2016 and will be completed by winter 2018. During the entire construction process, Bryn Mawr Hospital will ensure continued excellence in patient care with limited inconvenience to patients, employees and the community.

About Bryn Mawr Hospital

Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 287-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to lifelong health. Bryn Mawr Hospital has been named as one of the top six hospitals in the Philadelphia region and top 12 in the state of Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2017–18, and is ranked as high-performing in the specialties of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics and orthopedics. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Bryn Mawr Hospital as high performing in the following procedures/conditions: COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) has also received the 2015–18 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The National Institutes of Health Commission on Cancer has accredited our Cancer Center and our Comprehensive Breast Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Bariatric Program has earned the MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center designation from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, behavioral health, maternity care, bariatric surgery, neurovascular and a level III neonatal intensive care unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technologies. Through Bryn Mawr Hospital’s collaboration with the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, the university-affiliated Neurovascular Center offers rapid access to advanced diagnostics and treatment options for stroke care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has also collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified, fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians.


Bridget Therriault
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