As I drove in this morning, I couldn’t help but notice our American Flag flying at half-mast. For me it symbolizes the significance of the horrible event that unfolded at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning. It also reminded me of the critical role hospitals and health care workers play in communities across the world everyday but especially in times of crisis.
As a result of this horrible act of terror and evil, we have tragically lost 49 precious lives on American soil. According to authorities, this is the most deadly act of terrorism to take place in our nation since September 11, 2001. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and to their friends and loved ones.
June 12 will now be another indelible sad day in our nation’s history. A date when lives were taken because of a senseless act of hate. And yet, the days after will also be remembered as a time of hope…when countless Americans, and even those around the world, have united to demonstrate solidarity in diversity, respect and inclusion.
As health care workers, it also underscores the importance of being prepared for an unthinkable event in our community which would require us to provide the level of response witnessed in Orlando by their health care community. From all accounts, the health care community is to be commended for their preparedness and professional response to this tragedy.
In memory of those we have lost, and as a sign of support for all those affected by this tragedy, particularly the members of the LGBT community, I ask that the Main Line Health community join together in a moment of silence on Wednesday, June 15 at 4:00 am for our night shift and 4:00 pm for our day/evening shift.
As always, thank you for all you do to make Main Line Health the best place to give and receive care.
Jack Lynch, FACHE
President and CEO
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.