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Riddle Hospital partners with Delaware County District Attorney to install medicine drop box

Riddle Hospital December 22, 2016 News Releases

Riddle Hospital is first hospital in Delaware County to offer vital service

(Media, Pa.)Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, has been fitted with a prescription medicine drop box to properly dispose of unneeded, unwanted or expired medications. Riddle Hospital partnered with the Delaware County District Attorney’s office to become the first Delaware County hospital to be fitted with a prescription medicine drop box.

“We’ll take prescription medicine of any kind and properly dispose of it,” says Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Riddle is the first Delaware County hospital to have this box and it’s a great thing. The boxes in all of our police stations in the area have been effective, the thing here is that there is information and security readily available and it cannot be tampered with.”

The drop box, located in the Riddle Hospital main lobby, offers a secure way to properly dispose of any type of medicine, keeping drugs safe from misuse while also protecting the environment.

“We chose this drop box location for that reason,” explains Jeshahnton (Shaun) Essex, Vice President, Administration, Riddle Hospital. “It’s visible to the public and to our employees, but also visible for the patients we treat.”

Riddle Hospital joins Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital as the Main Line Health hospitals that have been outfitted with a prescription medicine drop box. Paoli Hospital is scheduled to unveil their drop box within the next several weeks. Other medicine drop box locations in the western Philadelphia suburbs include:

  • Chester County – West Goshen Police Department, 1025 Paoli Pike; Chester County Sheriff’s Office, 201 West Market Street
  • Delaware County – Havertown Police Department, 201 West Front Street, Media; Havertown Police Department, 101 Darby Road
  • Montgomery County – Lower Merion Police Department, 71 East Lancaster Avenue; Plymouth Township Police Department,700 Belvoir Road

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.

Main Line Health 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, King of Prussia 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 and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. 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 the 13th best hospital in the Philadelphia region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2019–20, and was ranked as high performing in the following common core specialty areas: heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. The hospital offers a full range of services including maternity, orthopaedic 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 & 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.