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Riddle Hospital breaks ground on campus modernization project

Riddle Hospital October 15, 2020 News Releases

Riddle Hospital, part of Main Line Health, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today for its campus modernization project, a $327 million project that will include a new patient pavilion, as well as renovations to existing care units and support areas.

“When Riddle Hospital was founded in 1963, it was with the mission of Samuel Riddle in mind: to provide compassionate, comprehensive care to the people of Delaware County. Now, more than 50 years later, we prepare to enter a new chapter in Riddle’s storied history. This campus modernization project signifies our ongoing commitment to Mr. Riddle’s vision—caring for our community in a facility that matches the level of clinically expert, compassionate, human care our patients have come to expect and deserve,” says Shelly Buck, president of Riddle Hospital.

Riddle’s campus modernization project will occur in two phases. The first phase, expected to be completed in summer of 2023, will include the construction of a 230,000 square foot, five-story Patient Pavilion featuring:

  • 76 acuity-adaptable private patient rooms
  • An operating room suite with 10 operating rooms and three procedure rooms
  • The relocation of the Riddle Birthplace to five labor & delivery suites, 16 postpartum rooms, two C-section suites and a Level II NICU
  • A dedicated physical therapy gym
  • Radiology and laboratory services
  • Registration and pre-admission testing
  • A cafeteria and atrium café

The second and final phase, which will be completed in summer of 2024, will include a renovation of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. Upon its completion in 2024, the hospital will be equipped with all private patient rooms, contemporary facilities and advanced technology to support the evolving needs of the community.

Attendance was limited at today’s event, but members of Wawa, Inc. and The Wawa Foundation were present to demonstrate their longstanding partnership with Riddle Hospital. The Wawa Foundation pledged $2.2 million to support Riddle’s campus modernization project—the largest gift to this campaign from an individual benefactor.

Since Riddle Hospital opened in 1963, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation has been a generous benefactor of the hospital. In the past, their support has allowed Riddle the opportunity to make a number of capital investments, including previous renovations of the Riddle Hospital Birthplace and emergency department, as well as the purchase of four-wheel drive, all-weather ambulance for use by the Riddle Hospital EMS team.

“It’s an honor to continue supporting Riddle Hospital of Main Line Health Hospital, as they embark on this exciting expansion to provide exceptional care to more friends and neighbors in Delaware County,” said Alex Costabile, Vice President of Strategy, Wawa, Inc. “Whether it’s helping fund to support a project like this, or welcoming their healthcare heroes into our store across from the hospital, our partners at Riddle can always count on Wawa.”

“Since Grahame Wood first joined the board of Riddle Hospital 50 years ago, Main Line Health has been very fortunate to call Wawa a partner and a neighbor. We are humbled and incredibly grateful for this investment in our future, and look forward to honoring this generous gift with a spirit of service that is innate to the Riddle and Wawa legacies,” said Jack Lynch, President & CEO of Main Line Health.

Addressing the attendees at the event were: Jack Lynch, President & CEO of Main Line Health; Shelly Buck, President of Riddle Hospital; Don Saleski, Chair of the Riddle Hospital Foundation Board; Rich Wood, Director of Government Affairs & Sustainability, Wawa, Inc.; Jay Culotta, Treasurer, Wawa, Inc. and President of The Wawa Foundation; and Alex Costabile, Vice President of Strategy, Wawa, Inc.

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 nearly 13,000 employees and more than 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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About Riddle Hospital

Riddle Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a not-for-profit, acute-care hospital with 186 inpatient beds. Riddle has been nationally recognized by The Joint Commission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers and other health care rating organizations for its high-quality patient care. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2022–2023 rated Riddle Hospital as High Performing in six commonly occurring conditions and medical procedures: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement and stroke. The hospital offers a full range of services, including women’s health, orthopaedic, maternity, heart, cancer and stroke care; emergency medicine; primary care services and outpatient services including imaging, sleep, wound healing, audiology, and more—aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and advanced technology. The recent renovation of The Birthplace included the upgrade and modernization of private patient rooms and common areas, and redesigning of the core of the unit, in order to improve workflow to better serve mothers and babies. A new Patient Pavilion, slated for completion in 2024, includes a new operating suite, acuity-adaptable medical/surgical units, maternity/labor and delivery rooms, level II NICU and a new welcoming lobby. Health Center 4, a LEED-Certified Gold building, houses the Rothman Institute, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, a variety of outpatient programs and a state-of-the-art surgical center. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.


Phil Ellingsworth, Jr.
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