Lankenau Medical Center receives Community Champions Achievement Award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA
Lankenau Medical CenterSeptember 12, 2017News Releases
Andy Carter, president of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), presented Lankenau Medical Center with the Community Champions Achievement Award for their submission: “Food for health: Improving access to foods and nutrition services in our community.” Lankenau was chosen among 108 award submissions in the state.
The submission focused on Lankenau’s Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, the Health Education Center programs, Internal Medical Residency Farm Elective, pop-up food demonstrations and other programs offered to improve the health and nutrition of Lankenau’s patients and community members.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized for our efforts in improving the nutrition and overall health of our patients and community members,” said Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau Medical Center. “The Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm was established as part of our health system’s mission to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve. Since its creation, the wellness farm has harvested more than 7,000 pounds of produce and offered as healthy food options to patients and community members. The wellness farm is also an educational resource used to support our nutrition programs and has helped to advance health education for thousands of young students in our communities.”
In collaboration with Greener Partners, Lankenau Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals nationwide to take the progressive step of planting and maintaining a year-round organic garden onsite that is integrated into how we deliver health care. The goal is to harness the power of locally grown food to strengthen the community’s health. A variety of farm-based education programs are offered to school-age children, and through these programs, kids learn to connect with the source of healthy food, gain understanding of the science behind agriculture, and leave with an appreciation for the value of healthy eating. In addition to elementary student education, Lankenau Medical Center residents now have the option to spend a two-week rotation on the farm so they can learn firsthand about food’s relationship to our overall nutrition, and put those lessons into practice in their work as medical professionals.
“The Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm, and all of our programs that have been established as a result of it, have been a true team effort,” said Chinwe Onyekere, associate administrator, Lankenau Medical Center, and system administrator of Graduate Medical Education, Main Line Health. “Special thanks goes out to all Lankenau team members and our community partners for helping these programs come to fruition, and for your unwavering commitment to improving the nutrition and wellness of our patients and communities.”
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health is also comprised of five outpatient health centers.
With more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, 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, 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 2016–2017, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology and 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.