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As a corollary to this podcast, Dr. Karl Ahlswede—medical director of palliative care at Main Line Health—talks about the crucial aspect of advance-care planning that everyone should address as a key life priority. “Advance-care planning often involves very difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable, conversations about the care you wish to receive if you became unable to speak for yourself. These crucial conversations can help you make decisions based on your personal values and preferences, and can reduce uncertainty and confusion for your loved ones when these decisions need to be made. It’s beneficial to have these conversations with your physician and other members of your health care team so that you can be informed and confident in your care planning options for the future.” Click here for the conversation with Dr. Ahlswede.
Note as well the key advance-care planning public forms, upcoming on April 24th, May 29th and June 26, 5-6:30 p.m. Dr. Ahlswede will help clarify advance directives, power of attorney and other important topics to discuss with family members.
John J. (Jack) Lynch III has served as president and CEO of Main Line Health since 2005, providing executive leadership to suburban Philadelphia’s most comprehensive healthcare system. Main Line Health is comprised of four of the region’s respected acute-care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center, one of the leading addiction-treatment programs in the Northeast; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research; and the Home Care Network, which provides at-home nursing and hospice care throughout the five-county region.
During his tenure with Main Line Health, Jack and his leadership team have been credited with strengthening the organization’s commitment to quality and safety, and enhancing the technology necessary to support significant advances in those areas. He has also fostered a period of expansion, including the addition of an acute-care hospital and four health centers to better serve the needs of the Main Line and western suburban communities, and has cultivated an employee work environment that has garnered recognition from several independent rating organizations.
Prior to joining Main Line Health, Jack served for nearly 20 years as an executive with the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston, Texas, where he advanced to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer for the system, as well as CEO of the system’s flagship facility, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. While residing in Houston, he served on the boards of a wide variety of professional associations, including the Texas Hospital Association, the Greater Houston Hospital Council and the United Way.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jack received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and his Master of Health Administration degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
A former governor of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Jack serves on the boards of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Haverford School and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers.
Jack and his family reside in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.