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Together for West Philadelphia: Congressman Dwight Evans demonstrates support at Fall Retreat at Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center October 22, 2018 News Releases

Congressman Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives demonstrated his continued support for Together for West Philadelphia, a community partnership of organizations across the Philadelphia region dedicated to ensuring that equitable care and opportunity is accessible to all. The group held their Fall Retreat for board members and community partners on October 6 at Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health.

Congressman Evans originally showed his support of Together for West Philadelphia at their inaugural dinner, held this past February at Lankenau Medical Center, by signing the group’s charter, which states that its key objectives are to:

  • Foster development of an alliance to enable stakeholders from a variety of associations to collaborate on projects for the benefit of the West Philadelphia community and to leverage resources within the collaborative in order to develop and advance comprehensive and sustainable programs of greater impact
  • Leverage learnings, evidence-based methodologies and best practices from similar collaboratives (in the region and nationally) in order to efficiently replicate and appropriately scale practical solutions for the community

“Each of our community partners came together this past weekend to learn more about the assets and needs in the West Philadelphia communities, and then discussed projects associated with each area of focus the group is dedicated to, including health equity, education, food justice, housing, employment, and senior wellbeing,” said Barry Mann, MD, chief academic officer, Main Line Health. “We are thankful for Congressman Evans’ ongoing support of our mission, and we’re honored that he could join us for this retreat.”

Along with Main Line Health, Together for West Philadelphia’s community partners include Spectrum Health, The Food Trust, ACHIEVEability, Mercy Philadelphia, The Urban League, Drexel University, Friend’s Central School, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of the Sciences, The Links, Inc., Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, Villanova University, Independence Blue Cross, Rosemont College, Saint Joseph’s University, Aramark and the Chester Charter School for the Arts, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania, and Episcopal Community Services.

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.

Contact

Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist
Office: 484.580.1028
Cell: 610.308.6675
coghlanm@mlhs.org