Papal Visit Weekly Update: We are preparing for a “Severe Weather” event


By Jack Lynch, President and CEO, MLH; Phil Robinson, President, Lankenau Medical Center; Barbara Wadsworth, SVP and Chief Nursing Officer, MLH; and Robert Feinberg, System Director, Emergency Preparedness, MLH


As you read in our first weekly update, our preparations for the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit (September 21-27) are well underway. As health care providers, we have a critical responsibility to ensure we are well equipped and prepared to serve the health care needs of the millions of visitors from around the world who are making the journey for this special event.


Monday morning, our System-wide Papal Planning Emergency Workgroup had its first weekly call. We are planning and preparing for the impending Papal Visit under the assumption that the massive influx of visitors to the region and unprecedented travel delays will have the impact of an extremely severe weather event.


It is the expectation of each one of the senior leaders at Main Line Health that every member of the MLH team is committed to contributing to these preparations as appropriate, based on your role and geographic location within the organization. For some of you, this may mean planning to sleep over at one of our campuses to guarantee that you are on time for your respective shift, as we anticipate there will be significant delays and road closures as a result of the crowds and the travel route of the Pope. If you are scheduled to work between Friday, September 25 and Sunday, September 27, you should approach your manager if you have any concerns about your travel route to work. Employees who will be most affected are those traveling from Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Northern Delaware County and New Jersey.


Each week, we will share updates in the following four categories:

Employee Impact

  • As noted, details related to the Pope’s visit evolve on a daily basis. We will share as much information with employees as possible, as permitted by Federal and Local law enforcement. We ask that employees remain flexible, while staying up to date by reading these weekly messages.
  • AT ALL TIMES during the week of the World Meeting of Families and Papal visit, all employees and medical staff should carry their ID badge with them.

Patient Care

  • Targeted Communications will be prepared for specific patient groups, such as our Maternity Patients. These communications will be shared with the appropriate departments for distribution as they become available.



  • An Area Command Center for the System and Incident Command Centers for each hospital will escalate to a Level III (full activation) on Friday evening. More information related to these Command Centers will be shared in September.

You can also find updated information and resources on the Prepping for the Pope page under Special Coverage on the intranet homepage.

Thank you for your commitment to ensuring a superior experience for all involved as we prepare for this event of historic proportions.


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