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Lankenau Medical Center breaks ground for its emergency department expansion

Lankenau Medical Center June 2, 2017 News Releases

Event attended by many local and state elected officials and dignitaries

Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, May 30, for its emergency department’s (ED) $52.8 million expansion, expected to be completed in 2019.

“This construction project is one of the most meaningful for Main Line Health as this reinvestment in Lankenau Medical Center ensures that superior patient care will continue to be provided to those in our region,” says Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau Medical Center. “Having the support of our community members, as well as our state and local elected officials, demonstrates the critical need for this expansion project for our patients and the communities we serve.”

The project will begin this July and will include 32,200 square feet of new construction and renovations of the current 15,800 square-feet area. When completed, the emergency department will be tripled in size, expanding to 57 private treatment rooms; a centralized, expanded, private check-in area; 31 acute beds to treat patients in need of immediate care; 23 “Super Track” rooms for patients with minor injuries or illnesses; and more trauma bays for severely injured patients. The ED will remain open to serve the community during the entire project.

“Lankenau’s ED was built to handle 35,000 patients per year. Currently, the ED treats about 54,000 and that number is expected to reach 73,000 by 2025,” adds Robinson. “The expansion will allow Lankenau to deliver advanced emergency and trauma services in an innovative and highly functional space that will reflect the expertise and commitment of our team.”

Addressing the attendees at the event were U.S. Senator Bob Casey; U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans; State Senator Daylin Leach; Montgomery County Commissioners Chair, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh; Steve Aichele, chairman, Main Line Health Board of Governors; Jack Lynch, president and CEO, Main Line Health; and Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau Medical Center. Also in attendance were representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Congressman Pat Meehan; State Representative Tim Briggs; State Representative Mary Jo Daley; Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair, Kenneth Lawrence Jr.; Montgomery County Commissioner, Joseph Gale; Lower Merion Township Commissioner President, Dan Bernheim; and many Lower Merion Township Commissioners and other dignitaries.

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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