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Former Bryn Mawr Hospital patient honored as first African American woman OR director

Bryn Mawr Hospital March 6, 2017 News Releases

On February 23, Mamie Polite Peace, 94, was honored at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as the first African American woman to serve as its operating room director. Peace was responsible for managing more than 15 operating rooms during her 34-year tenure. Andi Gilbert, president, Bryn Mawr Hospital, represented Main Line Health at the reception. Peace is a former Bryn Mawr Hospital patient who remains active in her church and the community.

Jack Lynch, president and CEO, Main Line Health, was out of the country, but submitted a congratulatory salutation to Peace: “Your contribution to the medical field is truly remarkable…I have come to learn, not only were you the first woman of color to serve in a leadership role of this kind in Philadelphia, but of all major medical centers on the East Coast. As I have heard from all those who have had the privilege of meeting you, your grace, wisdom and influence were a gift to all the lives you’ve touched. Not only did your commitment to the nursing profession accelerate the advancement of African Americans in health care, but your love and dedication to your family and your community is an inspiration.”

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 Bryn Mawr Hospital

Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 287-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to lifelong health. Bryn Mawr Hospital has been named as one of the top six hospitals in the Philadelphia region and top 12 in the state of Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2017–18, and is ranked as high-performing in the specialties of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics and orthopedics. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Bryn Mawr Hospital as high performing in the following procedures/conditions: COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) has also received the 2015–18 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The National Institutes of Health Commission on Cancer has accredited our Cancer Center and our Comprehensive Breast Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Bariatric Program has earned the MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center designation from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, behavioral health, maternity care, bariatric surgery, neurovascular and a level III neonatal intensive care unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technologies. Through Bryn Mawr Hospital’s collaboration with the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, the university-affiliated Neurovascular Center offers rapid access to advanced diagnostics and treatment options for stroke care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has also collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified, fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians.

Contact

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