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Lankenau Medical Center featured in ‘Good Food, Healthy Hospitals’ achievement video

Lankenau Medical Center February 17, 2017 News Releases

Video highlights Lankenau’s Wellness Farm and the benefit of bringing fresh produce directly to patients

Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, was recently featured in the “Good Food, Healthy Hospitals” video, highlighting the achievements of the initiative, developed by The Common Market and Get Healthy Philly. The video demonstrated Lankenau’s commitment to incorporating local produce into the primary care setting and cafeteria farm stand to make a direct connection between nutrition and health for patients and visitors. The local produce is provided from both the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, managed by Greener Partners and located on Lankenau Medical Center’s campus, and through a collaboration between Lankenau, Aramark and The Common Market.

“One of the things I’ve been so excited about with the Good Food, Healthy Hospitals initiative is the support we’ve been getting to leverage the assets we have here at Lankenau,” said Chinwe Onyekere, associate administrator at Lankenau Medical Center and system administrator of Graduate Medical Education at Main Line Health. “The Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau has brought fresh produce directly to our patients. It gives our clinical staff the opportunity to educate the patients and our community members of the benefits of these fruits and vegetables, and how they can incorporate them into their daily lives.”

The Good Food, Healthy Hospitals is a four-year, government-funded program with a goal of transforming Philadelphia’s hospital food environment and bringing healthier options to employees, patients and visitors every day. Since October 2014, the initiative was adopted at 12 hospitals across the Philadelphia region. Also featured in the video were Episcopal Hospital and Einstein Healthcare Network.

In addition to providing fresh produce for patients and members of the community, the half-acre Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm serves as a hands-on educational center for thousands of students who visit Lankenau Medical Center’s Health Education Center. Greener Partners’ resident farmer-educator, Jen Malkoun, who was featured in the video, manages the site and hosts educational programs on the farm. The video also highlighted the work of Aramark at Lankenau Medical Center, and their success in providing a healthy, fresh menu in the hospital’s cafeteria for employees, patients and visitors.

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 Lankenau Medical Center

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 2016–17, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 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.


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