Lankenau Medical Center hosts art exhibit to demonstrate the fusion of art and surgical innovation
Lankenau Medical CenterMay 14, 2019News Releases
On April 24, Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, hosted an art exhibit demonstrating the fusion of art and surgical innovation. The featured artist, Gerald Marks, MD, colorectal surgery, professor and chairman, Marks Colorectal Surgical Foundation, is known for his colorectal surgical pioneering, and for his watercolor paintings that chronicle his international travels.
"My art is really focused on recalling moments, people, places and events that evoke the memories of my travels as a surgeon and artist," says Dr. Marks.
This intersection of art and surgical innovation highlights Lankenau Medical Center’s minimally invasive colorectal surgical and robotics program, which is the largest in the region. Having performed thousands of procedures at Lankenau Medical Center, Dr. Gerald Marks and his son, John Marks, MD, have pioneered significant breakthroughs that are now considered worldwide standards of care for colorectal cancer care.
Patients come to the Colorectal Center at Lankenau Medical Center from around the world to receive minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic-assisted colorectal surgery. Traditional treatment approaches would leave patients facing the need for a permanent colostomy, yet with minimally invasive techniques performed by the Lankenau team, patients are often able to avoid this measure altogether. The goal of the team is always to spare colon and sphincter function with little to no scarring, which means better outcomes and higher quality of life for patients after surgery.
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 2019–20, and was ranked as high-performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery and nephrology. 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.