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Inside King of Prussia’s New Wellness Hub

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Main Line Health opened its $64-million King of Prussia medical center on March 9—and the focus is on women. The facility’s six floors include primary care, OBGYN, cardiology and mental health. It also houses Main Line Health’s first Women’s Specialty Center (a collaboration with Axia Women’s Health), plus a 30-seat café, a rooftop farm, an apothecary-style boutique, a demonstration kitchen and space for yoga classes. “We designed this to be a destination for health and wellness services,” says Maria Flannery, divisional director of physician practice management and ambulatory care. “Our male patients have plenty of services here, but we want this to be a special place for women and their healthcare needs.”

Floral murals give the building a soothing, feminine feel—but there’s strong medicine behind those walls. “Now, you can get your OBGYN services, mammogram and DEXA scan in one place,” says Flannery.

One wing is dedicated to Bryn Mawr Rehab’s physical therapy, concussion and stroke treatments, including speech and occupational therapies and a therapeutic gym. “This is an opportunity to provide treatment to patients in King of Prussia and everyone who can get here—which is almost everyone,” says Donna Phillips, president of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital and the senior executive of ambulatory and professional services.

Another wing is home to Main Line Health’s Women’s Emotional Wellness Center, with 10 private counseling rooms, three group therapy rooms and space for yoga. Helmed by division director Elizabeth Bland, the center expands the services offered at WEWC’s Newtown Square location. “There’s a great need for behavioral and mental health services,” says Flannery. “Our goal is to bring the top-level care available at Newtown Square to King of Prussia.”

Main Line Health has doubled down on its female focus with the Wellness Porch, a boutique selling fitness, beauty and medical products. Its façade is decorated with colorful handmade flowers made from swaths of fabric donated by Main Line Health patients and staff. The boutique is open to the public—as is ANEU, the ground-level café. It’s the third location for clean-eating guru Meridith Coyle, who runs restaurants, classes and catering services from her Paoli and Rosemont cafés.

Coyle may even source some ingredients from the building’s 6,500-square-foot rooftop farm. Like the community farm at Lankenau Medical Center, the KOP acreage will have its own professional farmer and grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Some of the harvest will be donated to a local school. Another beneficiary is Norristown’s Greener Partners, a nonprofit that offers fresh produce to communities challenged by food insecurity.

The farm will provide produce for the center’s cooking classes and other events. Open to the public, the events will take place in three dedicated rooms. “We aim to be a resource and an active participant in this community,” Phillips says. “We’re not just treating illness—we’re promoting wellness.”

 

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