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Main Line Health exhibiting the healing power of plants at Philadelphia Flower Show

Main Line Health February 28, 2019 News Releases

Main Line Health will be a presenting sponsor and featured exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show, taking place from March 2–10, 2019 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The theme of the exhibit is “Cultivating Wellness from the Ground Up,” and will featuring elements from the Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm at Lankenau Medical Center, the Sydney Thayer III Horticultural Therapy Center at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, the Healing Garden at Mirmont Treatment Center and integrative therapies across the health system.

“Main Line Health is thrilled to be showcasing our holistic treatment approach at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show,” says Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Main Line Health. “Through these innovative programs, we are not only using healthy foods and flowers in preventive medicine and therapy, but we are educating patients about the healing power of plants, aromatherapy, hand massage and Reiki and their effect on the mind, body and spirit.”

The 26-by-38-foot exhibit will incorporate 25 different types of plants, and will feature a sensory garden, organic produce and herbs. The exhibit will also offer hands-on demonstrations by members of the Main Line Health team.

The Delema G. Deaver Wellness Farm: In collaboration with Greener Partners, Lankenau Medical Center has taken the progressive step of planting and maintaining a year-round, half-acre organic farm that includes over two dozen raised garden beds, a greenhouse, educational areas and tasting stations. The Wellness Farm distributes its produce to patients and neighborhood residents to emphasize the role of healthy foods in preventative care—making Lankenau Medical Center one of only a few hospitals in the U.S. to integrate its bounty into patient care and community education.

The Horticultural Therapy Center: The Sydney Thayer III Horticultural Center at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility with cathedral ceilings, skylights and a large greenhouse that radiates peace and beauty. Patients in horticultural therapy enjoy activities like starting seeds; watering or repotting plantings; working with fresh flowers; arranging, drying and pressing flowers; and when the weather permits, outdoor gardening.

The Healing Garden: As part of the holistic approach to treating drug and alcohol addiction, the Healing Garden at Mirmont Treatment Center offers a peaceful haven for our patients on their road to a successful recovery. Healing gardens play an integral role in helping individuals improve their mental health. Even the tiniest of natural spaces is known to help provide patients with the reprieve they need. The Healing Garden is designed as a quiet, nurturing space where individuals can sit and contemplate life or talk quietly with loved ones and supporters. At Main Line Health, we promote the well-being of our patients in mind, body and spirit as an important part of their healing process.

For more information about our exhibit, visit mainlinehealth.org/flowershow.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses 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 premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health 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, King of Prussia 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 U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has 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 patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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