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Update #5

The Benefits to Lower Merion Township of a Health & Wellness Village

Welcome to the first installment of Main Line Health’s new content series! These posts are meant to highlight specific aspects of our proposed project over time. Be sure to subscribe for weekly updates!

Main Line Health realizes that zoning changes will be needed to execute our exciting vision of transforming the St. Charles Campus into a health and wellness village designed to provide a place where community members can tap into multiple dimensions of wellness, and grow and thrive for years to come creating a community committed to holistic wellbeing. Health and wellness campuses are becoming a trend both nationally and internationally as people are being proactive and focused on living healthier lives to help minimize their risk of preventable chronic diseases. More importantly, Main Line Health needs to execute the proposed plan to continue to provide the level of care and service to the neighboring communities, both today and for years to come.

Previously, the St. Charles campus has not been utilized to its fullest potential in benefitting the lives of Lower Merion residents and surrounding communities. By responsibly developing this space through a phased approach, our goal is to create a destination for the community to live their best lives, find active pursuits, professional opportunities, and sustainable interests. By revitalizing the St. Charles Campus, we are hoping to encourage connections among community members who share a passion for living healthy and meaningful lives.

Our project is guided by several community-centric principles, including providing exceptional, innovative care now and in the future, promoting active living, and improving connectivity. A project guided by these goals will enrich the lives of Lower Merion Township residents and community members in a way that was not previously pursued on the St. Charles Campus. 

Provide Exceptional & Innovative Care

Located steps away from Lankenau Medical Center, migrating some non-inpatient services and supporting senior services onto the St. Charles Campus is the perfect setting to enhance the compassionate care provided by the hospital’s talented and dedicated clinicians and staff. Main Line Health and Lankenau Medical Center have served the community for over 150 years and are looking forward to continuing to provide award-winning care, recognizing the need to utilize a portion of the St. Charles campus to do so.

Main Line Health recognizes that the healthcare industry’s future will encompass addressing the entirety of population health to transform from a healthcare system that has historically focused on treating the sick, to keeping people healthy by promoting active lifestyles and healthy behaviors to help reduce the risk of chronic, preventable diseases. A health and wellness campus as laid out in our proposed plan would ensure enhanced and more accessible care for residents and a growing population of older adults. 

Promote Active Living

Promoting active living is a critical piece of the health and wellness village concept--active living can prevent the onset of preventable chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease, as well as foster healthy living in older adult populations.

Improve Connectivity

Our project sees the St. Charles property as a gateway to Lower Merion Township and we believe our thoughtful redevelopment of this property will complement the beauty of the township. By removing the barriers that have long isolated St. Charles from the larger community, the site has the opportunity to connect to the neighborhood through pedestrian walkways, tap into existing infrastructures such as the SEPTA train transit, and strengthen interactivity across Lancaster Avenue. The proposed plan includes a pedestrian bridge over Lancaster Avenue to connect the St. Charles campus to Lankenau Medical Center and dedicates 4.5 miles for pedestrian and bike paths that tap into the beauty and grandeur along the site.

Main Line Health is excited about the prospect of better servicing Lower Merion Township with a health and wellness village meant to foster healthy lifestyles and community connections. We’re interested in hearing your thoughts - what do you think your community needs the most? Let us know in our latest survey!