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May. 24, 2013

Health Centers Industry Sees Improvement in Suburban Philadelphia

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

A 43-acre retirement community in Doylestown is only weeks away from embarking on an extensive $11 million renovation project, PhillyBurbs.com reports. Built 37 years ago and serving around 500 short-term and long-terms rehab patients, the Pine Run Retirement Community Health Center at 777 Ferry Rd. is owned by Doylestown Hospital and run by the Village Improvement Association Health System.

With McDonald Building Company LLC of Blue Bell, Pa. serving as lead contractor, the renovation project at the five-story facility will begin in July under plans designed by Kramer + Marks Architects. According to PhillyBurbs.com, the health center will remain open during the renovation, which is scheduled to complete in spring 2015.

The redeveloped health center will be 88,000 square feet. It will include 123 new resident rooms with private bathrooms, as well as bistro-style dining areas on each floor, activity centers, gathering spaces for visitors, and a fully renovated central kitchen.

The Pine Run renovation project was announced shortly after Temple University Health System revealed plans to open a $4 million medical complex in Fort Washington. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the new Fort Washington ReadyCare center will open in July, with speciality-care and physician offices scheduled to start receiving patients in October. Temple’s new 29,000-square-foot medical facility will be located in an existing office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, where it will occupy two full floors.

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