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In anticipation of Papal visit to Philadelphia, Main Line Health prepares to ensure the community and visitors have access to superior health care

Main Line Health July 22, 2015 News Releases

As the Philadelphia Region prepares for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to our area this September, Main Line Health is actively working to ensure easy access to superior health care services for its communities as well as visitors to the region.

“The safety of our patients, employees, physicians and community remains our number one priority as Main Line Health does its part to guarantee the Philadelphia region shines while hosting an international event of historic proportions,” said Jack Lynch, President and CEO, Main Line Health. “While details related to the Pope’s visit evolve on a daily basis, our goal is to keep our employees and community updated with accurate information related to the accessibility of Main Line Health services, based on particulars we are receiving regarding road closures from local and federal law enforcement agencies.”

For most of Main Line Health, normal operations will continue for all elements of patient care. One exception will be Lankenau Medical Center, which may experience restricted access due to the anticipated travel route of the Pope on September 26–27. However, Main Line Health’s other acute care hospitals in the system—Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Riddle hospitals—are all preparing to have appropriate staff on hand in their Emergency Departments and other areas should patients who normally seek care at Lankenau need to seek care at another location. In addition, Main Line Health N.O.W. practices (Nights Or Weekends) located in Broomall and Exton will be open to provide urgent care services.

The following resources provide additional details on the Pope’s impending visit:

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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