Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center
Main Line Health
Location Wynnewood, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, United States
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Network Planetree Alliance
Standards Joint Commission
Emergency department Level II Trauma Center
Helipad FAA LID: 9PA9
Beds 331
Founded 1850
Lists Hospitals in Pennsylvania

Lankenau Medical Center is a 331-bed tertiary care, teaching hospital and research institute in Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania.

Its Emergency Department is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.[1] An FAA-certified rooftop helipad is available for medevacs.[2]

It is a founding member of Main Line Health, a community-based not-for-profit health system, that also includes Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Mirmont Treatment Center, and Lankenau Institute for Medical Research.


Lankenau Hospital was founded in 1860 as the "German Hospital of Philadelphia" on Morris Street in North Philadelphia. with the entry of the United States into World War I in 1917, many German institutions took new names. The German Hospital became "Lankenau Hospital" after John D. Lankenau, a successful, German-born Philadelphia businessman who had been one of the hospital's first leaders.

The hospital moved to larger facilities at Girard and Corinthian Avenues in North Philadelphia in 1884. In December 1953, Lankenau moved to Wynnewood on the Main Line, occupying the site of the former Overbrook Country Club.

In 2010, the hospital became "Lankenau Medical Center".[3] Today, it serves southeastern Pennsylvania by offering a wide variety of primary and specialty clinical services, residency and fellowship programs, and research programs emphasizing treatment for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.


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