St. Charles Project
Creating a Health and Wellness Village
Main Line Health and Lankenau Medical Center have been deeply rooted partners in the Lower Merion community for more than 150 years. We are a dedicated partner in the community with 900 physicians and employees living in Lower Merion Township and more in the surrounding communities. Main Line Health has been consistently recognized and highly ranked as a leading health care system and we care about the future of the region. We are actively exploring opportunities, such as the St. Charles project, to provide compassionate care, superior service, high-quality and innovative clinical programs. To accomplish this at the St. Charles campus, we are committed to listening to feedback as we look to balance the community needs with Main Line Health’s growth and stability as a healthcare organization to better serve the region for the years to come.
The Layers of Experience
The iconic St. Charles Borromeo campus is reimagined as a new health and wellness village, built on multiple dimensions of wellness. MLH 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.
With Main Line Health’s medical and wellness offerings as the community foundation, this blend of historic and contemporary facilities invites people to live their best lives here, find active pursuits, professional opportunities, sustainable interests, and most importantly, connections to those who share a passion for living healthy and meaningful lives.
The Village Blend
Where the expansion and vision of Main Line Health is the anchor to the health and wellness village, and blending artfully restored residences, hospitality and event spaces, and service oriented retail surrounded by engaging al fresco experiences. Intended to be built in multiple phases over the next 10 to 12 years, this health and wellness village will offer multiple opportunities for the community to tap into Main Line Health’s unparalleled care and service. For instance, a boutique hotel focused on wellness can serve family visiting patients, recently discharged patients, or healthcare workers traveling for medical conferences and other needs.
Proposed uses as part of The Village Blend include:
Main Line Health Medical Office Buildings and Health Care: Main Line Health has continually been recognized for its excellence as a leading care provider. The 600,000 square feet of medical office buildings will allow Main Line Health to thoughtfully expand by moving non-inpatient related services to the new campus, creating more space at Lankenau Medical Center for needed health services. At a time when health systems are facing increasing pressures, the addition of the health and wellness village’s medical office building spaces 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.
A Boutique Hotel: Lankenau Medical Center is a nationally recognized medical center providing specialized medical care including advanced heart care and heart surgery, comprehensive cancer care, advanced gastrointestinal (GI) services, pulmonology, maternity and high-risk obstetrics, orthopaedics and spine surgery, emergency and trauma care, and kidney transplant. Patients travel from around the world for exceptional care at Lankenau Medical Center. Through our proposed Master Plan, the boutique hotel would not only provide a convenient and centrally located place for patient family members and recently discharged patients to stay, it may also serve as a destination for our visiting professors. This space may also support Main Line Health’s clinically focused expos and consortium forums which enable Main Line Health to continue serving as a leader in health and medical education.
Residential: One of the major issues with attracting and retaining healthcare workers is easy access to/from work. Having residential opportunities for rental and purchase will help serve the day-to-day staff as well as the 125+ Clinical Residents and students who work at Main Line Health every year. In addition, the residential options proposed in the master plan build upon the Lower Merion Township’s Comprehensive Plan to help community members age in place.
Upscale Retail and Dining: One of the components of a health and wellness campus is providing supporting services to the campus residents and visitors. Our proposed plan includes space for retail and dining options along the promenade of the property, as well as supporting services for campus residents, workers, and the nearby community. We anticipate programming for the retail partners on this space to include ideas gathered from the community so that it represents what they need as they visit, live or work.
Main Line Health Hub
Upscale Retail and Dining
The New Pedestrian Bridge
The Senior Living Residences set the bar for new models of healthy living by promoting multi-generational connections to the community and elevated living and dining spaces with ample, active outdoor experiences. The Serenity Quarter is strategically positioned near Main Line Health’s proposed medical offices to create an easy-to-access location in the health and wellness village where senior services will be available.
The proposed Senior Living use of the Serenity Quarter is increasingly important when looking at trends identified by the Lower Merion Township 2016 comprehensive plan. The plan found that nearly 19% of the Township population is 65 and older and that the senior population in Montgomery County is projected to rise by 30% by 2025. At the same time, in 2019, Main Line Health projected that the 65 to 75 age group served by the health system is expected to grow nearly 58% by 2024. Keeping seniors healthy and engaged will require enhanced living experiences and ease of access to existing care providers. With an increasing demand for senior living, our proposed health and wellness village would provide both housing and services for aging Lower Merion residents to live and thrive within their beloved community for years to come.
Through our proposed development, 78% of the campus will remain an open and active space. We are guided by the vision of enhancing the iconic and natural beauty of the St. Charles campus. We intend to preserve open spaces, respect community viewsheds, and finally, strengthen connectivity to the surrounding neighborhood. Through thoughtful development, we are creating a health-conscious environment that reduces the risk of chronic, preventable diseases and helps close the gap on disparities of care with expanded community programming.
Aging in Place Amenities
Senior Enrichment Classes
Senior Living in
The Connecting Green
20 acres of open space creating connections between the Village and the surrounding community, respecting the legacy of the expansive natural resources, while also complimenting the interspersed experiences. The Connecting Green fosters active engagement within the health and wellness village enabling healthy outcomes and preventing chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiac and pulmonary issues.
Main Line Health recognizes that the future of the healthcare industry relies on transforming from historically focusing on treating the sick, to keeping people healthy by promoting active lifestyles and healthy behaviors to help reduce the risk of chronic, preventable diseases. Health and wellness villages create this type of health-conscious environment and can help close the gap on disparities of care with expanded community programming.
Our proposed plan will promote continuity of care by anchoring the health and wellness village through Main Line Health’s healthcare services, paired with senior living opportunities, options for physical activity and wellness, and other complementary programs. Our proposed plan includes a pedestrian bridge 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 around and throughout the site. This newly created pedestrian network will create greater connectivity to local SEPTA transit for visitors, employees, and residents.