More than 350 Pine Run Villagers and guests celebrated the grand opening of Pine Run’s new community center devoted to healthy living on Oct. 2 with fine food and refreshments.
The two-story building was constructed in two phases after a groundbreaking in Spring 2017. Amenities in the 37,000-square-foot building include indoor and outdoor dining venues, entertainment galleries, a swimming pool and fitness facilities.
"While this may be the end of construction, we are poised on the precipice of a new chapter in senior living," said Maria Santangelo, executive director at Pine Run. "In fact, work over the last decade at Pine Run is transformational, including construction of the new community center, renovations of resident cottages and the 90-bed Pine Run Health Center, and infrastructure improvements throughout the community."
The new center features versatile spaces known as "galleries" for food, fitness and fun activities. The first phase of construction included three indoor and two outdoor dining galleries overlooking the pond, as well as a café. The second phase includes an expanded fitness center with new equipment, space for classes, an indoor pool with a private changing area, and a 175-seat auditorium.
"Pine Run is an integral part of Doylestown Health’s continuum of care, now and far into the future," said Jim Brexler, President and CEO. "We’ve made long-term investments in the last decade of more than $90 million to ensure Pine Run Retirement Community meets the needs and desires of individuals for active and healthy retirement living."
Several speakers, representing the Pine Run Advisory Board, Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, and Trustees of Doylestown Health also made remarks following a blessing of the building offered by Doylestown Health chaplain Rev. Maggie Ainslie.
"Nearly 125 years ago at its founding, I suspect the women of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown would never have imagined how their vision to create a healthier community would one day result in a time and place like this," said Joyce Hanson, president of the VIA, which founded and governs Doylestown Health. "This community center is the embodiment of that vision – it offers healthy options in food and activities, but most of all, it helps to build a better community."
Joan Parlee, chair of Doylestown Hospital and Doylestown Health Boards of Trustees, recounted the many hours of planning and discussion that preceded construction. Addressing the Villagers she said, "We wish you our best – eat, drink, be merry – and most of all, be healthy."
Echoing Mrs. Parlee’s comments, Carolyn Della-Rodolfa, chair of the Pine Run Advisory Board and a former chair of Doylestown Health trustees, told the Villagers, "Your ideas and dreams are incorporated in this wonderful building today, and Pine Run’s leadership will ensure the community center serves the needs and desires of Villagers in the future."
Built in 1976, Pine Run Retirement Community is situated on 43 acres in Doylestown Township. The Ferry Road campus is home to more than 300 seniors who enjoy independent living in cottages and apartments. Also located on the campus is the Pine Run Health Center, renovated at a cost of $14 million, which offers rehabilitation services and 90 skilled nursing beds. Medicare gives the health center its top five-star rating for overall quality.
Construction of the new Pine Run Community Center cost $13 million. The remainder of Doylestown Health’s investment in Pine Run accounted for individual exterior and interior renovations of cottages, as well as infrastructure including roads, pavement, covered walks and technology. Pine Run also operates Lakeview, a personal care facility located a few miles from the main campus.
Construction of the new Community Center is one of the priorities of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, a $75 million philanthropic effort that includes Pine Run and the Doylestown Hospital campus. The campaign launched last year and has received nearly $60 million in gifts, pledges and bequests.
Designed by AG Architecture Inc. and built by Gorski Engineering of Collegeville, the center uses environmentally-friendly green materials and innovative features to reduce energy costs. The site incorporates a rain garden with plantings, a greenhouse, and a pond with new landscaping enjoyable in all four seasons. The building also features a library and computer nook, living room with fireplace, a hair and nail salon and a country store.
About Pine Run
Owned and operated by Doylestown Health, Pine Run is a progressive, resident-focused community that is full of vitality and enthusiasm and promotes independence and wellness among its Villagers and Residents. Pine Run offers a full continuum of services at state-of-the-art facilities in Doylestown, PA, including a retirement community with independent living units on 42 acres of land (the Village); a skilled nursing facility and personal care facility (the Health Center), and a personal care facility on a separate campus in Doylestown (Lakeview). Thriving for over 35 years, Pine Run attracts exceptional people whose energies enhance life for everyone in the community.