Health initiatives beyond hospital walls
At Main Line Health we recognize that our responsibility extends beyond the walls of our hospitals to understanding and addressing the health needs of our communities. Through educational outreach and a variety of innovative programs, Lankenau Medical Center, one of our four acute care hospitals in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, is leading the way in establishing a culture of health, by meeting members of the community where they live, work, play and pray.
At the Deaver Health Education Center at Lankenau, thousands of schoolchildren visit every year, gaining an understanding of how the foods they eat have a direct impact on different parts of their bodies and their overall health. Kids visit the nearby Deaver Wellness Farm on the Lankenau campus where thousands of tons of fresh organic produce have nourished hospital patients and local residents alike. Aside from tasting delicious, locally grown produce, the children learn to make the connection between where and how food is grown and how it gets to them.
Lankenau is also out in the community at local farmers’ markets, providing free educational programs and screenings, as well as fresh produce, to help people stay connected to their health and well-being, and to recognize the importance of routine follow-ups.
Through meaningful partnerships with organizations such as The Food Trust and Greener Partners, we are working to address the underlying causes of chronic disease by helping people have easier, more affordable access to fresh, healthy food.