In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Week (April 16–22, 2018), Main Line Health is hosting two events that will highlight the importance of advance care planning. The events will be held on Tuesday, April 17, from 6:00–8:00 pm at the Main Line Health Center in Concordville (1020 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills) and on Thursday, April 19, from 12:00–2:00 pm at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (625 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr).
Both events, which are being presented by Terre Mirsch, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPCA , director of Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, will offer information and tools to encourage participants to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers. Attendees will have the opportunity to execute written advance directives (health care power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Pennsylvania state laws. Each event will include complimentary meals for all attendees.
“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.”
To register for one of Main Line Health’s National Healthcare Decisions Day events, call 484.580.1234.
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.