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Allentown, PA (October 31, 2006) – Elaine C. Thompson, president of Lankenau Hospital and former executive vice president and chief operating officer of St. Luke's Hospital and Health network, will speak about "The Pink Brigade," at Cedar Crest College’s Sixth Annual Women in Business Lecture and Award on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Auditorium.  The Women in Business Series at Cedar Crest College is sponsored by "More than Money with Gene Dickison."

At the event, Thompson will discuss the responsibilities of women to mentor girls and young women for successful roles in business, government and leadership.

Dr. Elaine Thompson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  She received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from Drexel University.

Prior to her appointment as President of Lankenau Hospital, Main Line Health System, Dr. Thompson was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network.  In that capacity, she was responsible for the operations of an integrated health care system, including 4 acute care hospitals.  Prior to her tenure at St. Luke’s Hospital, Dr. Thompson served in various administrative positions within the University of Pennsylvania Health System with responsibilities for hospital operations, professional practice management and network development.

Dr. Thompson has been the recipient of many prestigious professional awards including the Phi Delta Gamma Award for Outstanding Masters Candidate and selection as a Calhoun Research Fellow.  She received the 2003 Athena Award for the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Arthritis Foundation "Leader of the Year" Award, and the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal Spotlight Award.

She has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, and at Thomas Jefferson University in the Department of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Thompson resides in Center Valley, Pennsylvania with her husband David and their three daughters Paula, Amanda, and Jennifer.

In receiving the Cedar Crest College Women in Business Award, Thompson joins a distinguished group of past honorees including Cynthia Fricke Wollman, vice president of new business development at CRW Graphics, Sandy Solman, founder, president and CEO of Sweet Street Desserts, Susan Hunt, publisher and Chief Executive Officer of “The Morning Call,” Ruth Spira, executive vice president of Lutron Electronics, and Lisa Jane Scheller, president and CEO of Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc.

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Admission to the Sixth Annual Women in Business Lecture is free but tickets are required.  For tickets or more information, please contact the College’s Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.



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