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