Lankenau Medical Center Gets Shabbat Suite


The Lankenau Medical Center has opened a Shabbat Suite and attendant facilities for observant Jews visiting patients.

As a nod to the growing number of Jewish families who reside in the western suburbs it serves, Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health recently dedicated a Shabbat Suite in ceremonies attended by many in the community as well as hospital staff and executives.

The suite is geared to help observant Jews abide by Shabbat regulations while visiting family and friends at the hospital. The suite includes two sleeping rooms with private bathrooms for those unable to drive in observance of the Shabbat. Also offered are a kosher pantry and kitchen, which will be stocked by the Bikur Cholim, Society for Visiting the Sick..

“The dedication of this special suite would not have been possible without the efforts of Lankenau physician leadership and our partners in the Jewish community, whose coordinated efforts have created a special place for patient families to observe Shabbat while their loved ones are hospitalized,” said Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau Medical Center.

Also taking place was the dedication of the Bikur Cholim Reception Area, commemorating Dr. David E. Epstein, a former physician at the medical center who died in 2010. Members of Lower Merion Synagogue, where the late doctor and his wife, Cheryl, belonged, raised some $50,000 to go along with a $25,000 gift contributed by the Epstein family. The synagogue campaign was led by Rebbetzin Choni Levene of LMS.

In addition, Dr. Stephen M. Gollomp of LMC Neurology, and his wife, Randie, memorialized his parents, Renee and Bernard Gollomp, with the dedication of the facility's Prayer Room. 



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