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
Where: Lankenau Medical Center, 100 East Lancaster Avenue,
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 2016–17, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 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.