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Lankenau Medical Center to pursue Level II Trauma center accreditation

Lankenau Medical Center September 9, 2015 News Releases

Following approval from the Main Line Health Board of Governors, Lankenau Medical Center (LMC), part of Main Line Health (MLH), has submitted a letter of intent to pursue Level II Trauma Center accreditation with the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF). After an assessment of community needs and discussions with key stakeholders and community leaders, LMC has identified a critical need to bring the specialized services associated with a Level II Trauma into the community.

“Today, Southern Montgomery County and Northern Delaware County lack access to local trauma services. Establishing a Level II Trauma Center on the Lankenau Medical Center campus in Wynnewood will enhance EMS responders’ ability to rapidly transport trauma victims to a nearby hospital for lifesaving treatment, allowing these patients to stay closer to family, friends and other sources of support,” said Phil Robinson, Lankenau Medical Center president. “Additionally, having a Trauma Center nearby will greatly reduce the time Lankenau’s EMS partners are required to spend outside of their coverage area when transporting trauma patients.”

Main Line Health is committed to reinvesting in its communities to provide access to the highest quality care. Due to a critical community need in Chester County, in 2010, Main Line Health opened a Level II Trauma Center at Paoli Hospital to serve as the county’s only trauma center. Since its opening, the amount of time before a patient arrived to a trauma center was cut nearly in half (from 75 minutes to 35 minutes) greatly increasing the possibility of receiving lifesaving treatment within the Golden Hour (the first 60 minutes, in which a trauma victim has the best chance of survival). Additionally, the number of trauma flights leaving the county from the scene of the accident decreased from 500 to ten.

“The tremendous expertise and capabilities involved in the creation of a Trauma Center will be available to all Lankenau Medical Center patients, further enhancing quality of care across the continuum,” added John Schwarz, Vice President, Administration, Lankenau Medical Center. “Most significantly, in the event of a major disaster, a trauma center is an invaluable community resource for saving lives.”

The accreditation process will take approximately fifteen months. The PTSF will perform an on-site survey in summer 2016 to review Lankenau Medical Center’s application and capabilities.

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.

Contact

Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
Office: 484.580.1025
Cell: 484.222.9154
therriaultb@mlhs.org