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Lankenau Medical Center celebrates Earth Day with wellness garden groundbreaking: Planting seeds for a healthy future

Lankenau Medical Center April 20, 2015 News Releases

When: Wednesday, April 22, 3:00 pm

What: On Earth Day (April 22), Lankenau Medical Center (LMC) will hold a groundbreaking to plant the first seeds of its new Delema G. Deaver Wellness Garden. An estimated 2,000 pounds of vegetables, fruits and herbs will be grown in the first year and will be featured at LMC’s farmer’s market and donated to local food banks. In collaboration with Greener Partners, LMC is one of only a few hospitals nationwide to take the progressive step of planting and maintaining a year-round organic garden on site. For the past 20 years, the Delema G. Deaver Fund has supported the ongoing advancement of youth in our region though health and wellness education programs.

Who: The event will feature a short program with remarks from the following: Phil Robinson, President of Lankenau Medical Center; Reginald J. Middleton, Trustee of the Delema G. Deaver Fund; Meg MacCurtin, Executive Director, Greener Partners; Chinwe Onyekere, Associate Administrator, Lankenau Medical Center; and Gary Gordon, MD, Lankenau Medical Center Rheumatologist and Board Member of the Food Trust. Students from the Radnor Middle School Watershed Program who participated in an essay contest about the importance of the wellness garden will also be in attendance.

Why: The Wellness Garden will serve as a hands-on educational center for thousands of students in the community who visit LMC each year through its Health Education Center, and provide healthy food options for a segment of patients, visitors and staff. Good nutrition is important for an individual’s overall wellness, and the goal is to harness the power of locally grown food to strengthen our community’s health.

Where: Lankenau Medical Center, 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA

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.