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Riddle Hospital to receive historic $16 million gift from John Bancker Gribbel

Riddle Hospital July 27, 2016 News Releases

Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, shall receive a $16 million gift from the trust created in the Will of John Bancker Gribbel, who passed away in 1947 at the age of 63. Gribbel and his family were dedicated patients of the former “Media Hospital” and of Dr. Charles H. Schoff, who founded that hospital in 1909. Dr. Schoff was also the physician caring for Samuel D. Riddle, who upon his death in January of 1951, stipulated that part of his estate be used to build a bigger and better hospital for Media and its surrounding communities, which he dearly loved. In 1963, as a direct result of Mr. Riddle’s wishes, Riddle Hospital was opened.

“One of the reasons why Riddle Hospital is the best place to give and receive care is because of the history of generosity and unwavering support of our community members,” says Gary Perecko, President of Riddle Hospital. “The charitable commitment of Mr. John Bancker Gribbel and his family benefits not only Riddle Hospital, but the health and wellness of our community, and we are forever grateful.”

As the largest gift bequeathed to Riddle Hospital since it opened, and the largest gift for Main Line Health in the past 10 years, the income from this endowment will support patient care at Riddle Hospital. The gift comes at a critical stage in the history of Riddle Hospital and Main Line Health as the System prepares to implement a new Strategic Plan for 2016–2020, with a focus on enhancing the health and wellness of the community. The funds will further increase Riddle and Main Line Health’s ability to invest in the people and infrastructures needed to provide high-quality, patient-centered care and a superior experience well into the future.

“On behalf of Riddle Hospital and Main Line Health, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the Gribbel family for their overwhelming philanthropic generosity,” says Jack Lynch, FACHE, Main Line Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “This historic gift will help Riddle and Main Line Health to shape the future of health care in our region, and will help to carry out the benevolent vision of Dr. Schoff, Mr. Riddle and Mr. Gribbel for many years to come. It is extremely gratifying to know that the superior care we provide to our patients and their families garners the support of so many munificent donors in our communities.”

Throughout its history, the philanthropic endeavors of Main Line Health’s community members have provided the funds—more than $400 million since 1996—to bring innovative health care to our patients and communities, such as the newly expanded Emergency Department at Riddle Hospital, the Holloway Breast Health Center at Paoli Hospital, the Annenberg Center for Medical Education at Lankenau Medical Center, the Barbara Brodsky Comprehensive Breast Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital, the ongoing capital campaign to support Bryn Mawr Hospital’s $200 million modernization project, the Dorrance H. Hamilton Chair of Medicine at Main Line Health, and much more. It has also helped to support the many service projects offered to community members in the region, like Cruisin’ Smart™, the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau Medical Center, Project SEARCH, and Main Line Health’s Health Career Academy, bringing medical student mentors into high school classes.

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.

About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 204 inpatient beds and 23 Transitional Care Center beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high quality patient care. For the fourth year in a row, Riddle has achieved designation from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. Riddle was ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high performing in the specialty area of orthopedics. Riddle Hospital was also ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The Hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopedic care and cardiovascular care—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. Riddle Hospital recently expanded and enhanced its emergency department to better suit the growing needs of the community it serves. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state of the art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.


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