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Update #6

Growing Medical Needs in Lower Merion Township

As we began our planning for the future use of the St. Charles campus, our research identified a growing need for medical care in Lower Merion Township. For instance, a recent Siemens Healthineers report analyzed over half a dozen national data sources found that Lower Merion Township is above the state and national average for occurrences of cancer (breast, lung, prostate, colon, and rectum) and physical inactivity as a risk factor for chronic conditions such as neurological diseases, cardiac disease, and COPD. At the same time, recent hospital closures in the market have created a need for more beds to ensure we have enough capacity to service their community. As a committed community partner, we believe that the proposed St. Charles campus will allow us to address these pressures thoughtfully so we can continue to serve the Lower Merion and surrounding communities, as we have for over a century.  


To accommodate this growing need, Main Line Health is seeking to expand by moving non-inpatient related services to the new campus, creating much needed space at Lankenau Medical Center to better meet the capacity needs of the community, to accommodate ever-changing technologies and to anticipate and respond to future trends in medicine. The proposed 650,000 square feet dedicated to non-inpatient medical use would be built in a phased approach and will be instrumental in establishing long-term stability for the health system and its ability to serve the Lower Merion Township and surrounding communities for years to come by continuing to offer innovative medicine, state of the art technologies, and providing the highest quality medical treatment. 


Located just steps away from Lankenau Medical Center, expanding Main Line Health’s high quality healthcare services onto the St. Charles campus will allow for more space and the neighboring location needed to further enhance the high-quality care provided by the hospital’s dedicated clinicians and staff. Additionally, the growing need for senior healthcare in Lower Merion Township (a projected 300,000 individuals over the age of 65 will be in Main Line Health’s care by 2023), can be effectively serviced with award-winning healthcare deeply rooted and conveniently located in the community.  


The St. Charles project will not only enhance the connection to care for a growing population of older adults seeking a healthy, active environment to live in, but to strengthen Main Line Health’s ability to continue to attract exceptional clinical team members. Through this proposed plan, Main Line Health will not only be able to provide outstanding care today but moving forward as we anticipate the future healthcare needs in our community.  

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