Following a rigorous, nearly 15 month review and on-site survey, Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, has received Level II Trauma Center accreditation, effective September 1, 2016, from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF). This is Main Line Health’s second Level II Trauma Center, the first of which opened at Paoli Hospital in 2010. For residents of Philadelphia’s western suburbs, this means that the Trauma Centers at Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital, in partnership with the EMS community, are 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).
“I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Lankenau Medical Center and Main Line Health team for their ongoing expertise, professionalism, dedication and support throughout the accreditation process,” says Phil Robinson, President of Lankenau Medical Center. “Bringing the specialized services of a Level II Trauma Center onto the Lankenau campus will enhance the ability of our EMS partners to rapidly transport trauma victims, helping to save the lives of many in the communities we serve.”
After a thorough Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of its surrounding communities, Lankenau Medical Center identified the critical need to bring a Level II Trauma Center to its campus. The CHNA found that, within the next five years, there will be an increase in trauma injuries because of the high population density and the increase in the number of senior residents in the counties surrounding Lankenau.
“The potential for increased trauma injuries underscores the importance of establishing the Level II Trauma Center at Lankenau Medical Center,” says Ehyal Shweiki, MD, Medical Director of the Level II Trauma Center at Lankenau Medical Center. “The tremendous expertise and capabilities involved in the creation of this center has been truly remarkable. Building the infrastructure for the Trauma Center has involved the entire hospital—the emergency department, diagnostic services, surgical services and many other areas—and has called for significant investments in staff, training, equipment and protocol. The work involved has truly benefited all of Lankenau. Most significantly, this accreditation offers an invaluable, lifesaving resource for our community.”
“It’s been an honor to work with the team at Lankenau Medical Center,” says Kathleen Martin, MSN, RN, Trauma Program Manager, Lankenau Medical Center. “With the incredible support of the leadership team, we were able to put resources into place that made the accreditation process as successful as it was. I’ve led the creation of trauma programs across the region, and Lankenau’s was by far the most inclusive of the entire team of care providers, nurses, support staff and others, helping to ensure that each patient receives the best possible care.”
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.
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 2019–20, and was ranked as high-performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery and nephrology. 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.