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Paoli Hospital partners with Chester County district attorney to install medicine drop box

Paoli Hospital February 14, 2017 News Releases

Paoli Hospital is first hospital in Chester County to offer vital service

(Paoli, Pa.)Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, installed a prescription medicine drop box to properly and anonymously dispose of unneeded, unwanted or expired medications. Paoli Hospital partnered with the Chester County District Attorney’s office and the Willistown Township Police Department to become the first Chester County hospital to be fitted with a prescription medicine drop box.

“The drug disposal box program continues to be a success in Chester County,” explains Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. “The safe disposal of prescription medication, especially powerful opioids, keeps these drugs from getting into the wrong hands. We are protecting both our children and our environment, two goals everybody supports.”

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

“We have come a long way from flushing unwanted pills down the drain into the water system,” says Jim Paradis, president, Paoli Hospital, Main Line Health. “Installing this box won’t completely solve this problem, but it’s one more step in the right direction, and it gives us an opportunity to continue our efforts to combat the crisis in our community.”

Paoli Hospital joins Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Riddle Hospital as now all Main Line Health hospitals that have been outfitted with a prescription medicine drop box. The drop box, monitored by Paoli Hospital security staff, will be emptied monthly by the Willistown Township Police Department. Other prescription medicine drop box locations in Chester County include:

  • Caln Township Police Department, 253 Municipal Drive, Thorndale, PA 19320
  • Tredyffrin Township Police Department, 1100 DuPortail Road, Berwyn, PA 19312
  • City of Coatesville Police Department, 1 City Hall, Coatesville, PA 19320
  • Valley Township Police Department, 890 West Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320
  • East Brandywine Township Police Department, 1212 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA 19335
  • Upper Uwchlan Township Police Department, 140 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, PA 19425
  • Easttown Township Police Department, 566 Beaumont Road, Devon, PA 19333
  • West Brandywine Township Police Department, 198 Lafayette Road, Coatesville, PA 19320
  • Kennett Square Borough Police Department, 115 North Broad Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
  • West Caln Township Police Department, 721 West Kings Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320
  • New Garden Township Police Department, 8934 Gap Newport Pike, Landenberg, PA 19350
  • West Chester University Police Department, 690 South Church Street, West Chester, PA 19383
  • North Coventry Township Police Department, 845 South Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
  • West Goshen Township Police Department, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
  • Oxford Borough Police Department, 57 North Fourth Street, Oxford, PA 19363
  • West Vincent Township Police Department, 729 Saint Matthews Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425
  • Parkesburg Borough Police Department, 315 West First Avenue, Bldg. 2, Parkesburg, PA 19365
  • West Whiteland Township Police Department, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA 19341
  • Phoenixville Borough Police Department, 351 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
  • Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, 1041 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
  • Sheriff’s Office, Chester County Justice Center, 201 West Market Street, West Chester, PA 19380
  • Willistown Township Police Department, 688 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355

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 Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. Paoli has been 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 following Common Core specialty areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Paoli is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” and Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals® for providing superior patient care, and has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.

Contact

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