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News Release: Lankenau Medical Center planning to enhance and expand emergency department


The $52.8 million dollar expansion project is expected to be complete in early 2019

Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, received approval from the Main Line Health Board of Governors to move forward with an Emergency Department Expansion Project. (Photo courtesy of Main Line Health)

Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, received approval from the Main Line Health Board of Governors to move forward with an Emergency Department Expansion Project. Originally built to handle 35,000 visits per year, the hospital’s current emergency department treats about 54,000 patients each year. That number is projected to reach 73,000 by 2025. Pending the appropriate township approvals, the expansion project is expected to be complete in early 2019.

“This expansion project will allow Lankenau to deliver advanced emergency services in an innovative and highly functional space that will reflect the expertise and commitment of our emergency department team,” says Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau Medical Center. “The enhancements and effective design of the space will significantly reduce waiting times and will continue to ensure that we are offering a superior patient experience to the communities we serve.”

Following on the heels of Lankenau Medical Center’s Level II Trauma Center certification, the expansion project will more than double the size of the current emergency department from 26 private patient beds to 57. The $52.8 million expansion project will result in an additional 32,200 square feet of space, and will include the following areas:

  • Expanded triage area
  • Supertrack, intermediate, acute and trauma dedicated treatment areas
  • Radiology capabilities
  • Parking garage to ensure easy access

“Part of our mission at Main Line Health is to continually and responsibly reinvest in our facilities to ensure that superior patient care is available to all,” says JoAnn Magnatta, senior vice president, Facilities Design and Construction/Real Estate, Main Line Health. “The board’s approval of this critical expansion project underscores our commitment to this mission.”

Visit our website for more information about Lankenau Medical Center and Main Line Health’s emergency and trauma services.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s 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; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health is also comprised of five outpatient health centers.With more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, 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 recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbesmagazine. 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 2016–2017, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 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.


Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist
Office: 484.580.1028
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