Part of suburban Philadelphia’s Main Line Health system, Lankenau Medical Center is a teaching and research-based regional healthcare center. Founded as a Civil War-era military hospital, Lankenau celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010. The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education opened in 2004 as part of the hospital’s multi-year master plan to renovate and expand the campus.
ex;it simultaneously completed two different projects for the Annenberg Conference Center. ex;it was asked to create an interpretive exhibit to illustrate and engage visitors about the history and current state of healthcare at Lankenau Medical Center. The exhibit was conceived as the main feature as visitors navigate from the conference center to the hospital building, describing the history of medicine using Lankenau’s vast collection of medical artifacts. The interpretive program needed to support an interior wayfinding program being developed for the conference center and a previous wayfinding campaign developed by ex;it for the hospital. A one-year, fast-track schedule intensified the project.
ex;it worked closely with Lankenau’s archivist to review collections of medical artifacts, images, and documentation, including a half-century’s worth of physician and long-term employee interview tapes. Building the Dream – Learning for Life became the theme of the exhibit which uses a two-layered panel system to describe the hospital’s past, present, and future. Located in illuminated alcoves, the panels describe 24 topics in the hospital’s history and are supported by a series of glass artifact cases. One section became a dedicated donor recognition component to acknowledge Lankenau benefactors through the years. ex;it conceived, designed, and managed the project through installation, and also produced video for the exhibit’s opening ceremony.