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Together for West Philadelphia hosted “On the Table Philly” educational programs

Lankenau Medical Center November 26, 2018 News Releases

Together for West Philadelphia (TFWP) hosted “On the Table Philly” events across the West Philadelphia region to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience for community members.

As the founding member of TFWP, Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, was represented at the following programs on November 8, 2018:

  • Social determinants of health: Lessons learned – hosted by Shonalie Roberts, program administrator, Medical Student Advocates & Health Equity, Main Line Health; and Chinwe Onyekere, system director, Health Equity and Graduate Medical Education, Main Line Health. The program, which was held at Penn Medicine, was attended by Medical Student Health Advocates of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Lankenau Medical Center and Community Health Workers from Penn Medicine’s Project IMpACT.
  • How do we get communities of faith to encourage their congregations to live healthier lives? – hosted by Greg Allen, founder, Overbrook West Neighbors; and Shonalie Roberts, at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. The program was attended by representatives from the faith-based community.
  • Impact of ACEs and trauma in education and our community – hosted by Flo Byarms, health educator, Lankenau Medical Center; and Minister Dr. Wesley Proctor, at Victory Christian Center of Philadelphia, The program was attended by the president of Conquerors Community Development Corporation and a representative from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.
  • The value of student-run clinics in West Philadelphia – hosted by Phyllis Cater, former CEO, Spectrum Health Services and board member, Together for West Philadelphia; and Jenny Glusman, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). The program was attended by representatives from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Developing an automotive curriculum for high school students in West Philadelphia – hosted by Sandra Ross, program manager, Educational Outreach, Lankenau Medical Center and; Quincy Shuda, Disparities in Care Intern and Administrative Assistant, Together for West Philadelphia, at Central City Toyota. The program was attended by representatives from Central City/Ardmore Toyota, Boys Latin School, West Catholic High School, West Philadelphia High School.

All tables were coordinated with the help and support of Barry A. Mann, MD, chief academic officer of Main Line Health and board chairman of Together for West Philadelphia.

Together for West Philadelphia’s mission is to facilitate collaboration within West Philadelphia among community, public, and private sector stakeholders to foster shared projects in order to maximize impact in the areas of health, education, food access, and opportunity. You can find more information on our website, togetherforwestphiladelphia.org.

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.

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 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 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.