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Main Line Health takes part in National Healthcare Decisions Week, April 16-22, 2017

April 11, 2017 News Releases

Community event offering tools for advance care planning taking place on April 22

Main Line Health, along with the Delaware County Community Coalition (DC3), Community Care Coalition of Chester County (C5) and the Tri-County Community Care Coalition (TC4), and other national, state and community organizations, are leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 to April 22, 2017 being National Healthcare Decisions Week. As a participating member of DC3, C5 and TC4, Main Line Health will host an event on Saturday, April 22, from 12:30–2:30 pm at the Main Line Health Corporate Office (240 North Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, PA, 19087).

The event will highlight the importance of advance care planning, offering information and tools to encourage participants to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers. It will offer attendees the opportunity to execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Pennsylvania state laws. Terre Mirsch, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPCA , director of Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice will present at the event. Lunch will be provided.

“Main Line Health is committed to providing health and wellness resources to members in the communities we serve,” says Karl Ahlswede, MD, medical director of palliative care at Main Line Health. “Advance care planning often involves very difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversations about the care you wish to receive if you became unable to speak for yourself. These crucial conversations can help you make decisions based on your personal values and preferences, and can reduce uncertainty and confusion for your loved ones when these decisions need to be made. It’s beneficial to have these conversations with your physician and other members of your health care team so that you can be informed and confident in your care planning options for the future.”

Because of National Healthcare Decisions Week, many more people in our communities can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known.

To register for the event, please call 484.580.1234 by April 20, 2017.

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For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit

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.


Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist
Office: 484.580.1028
Cell: 610.308.6675