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Pine Run Retirement Community marks 45th anniversary


Pine Run Retirement Community is celebrating its 45th anniversary, with events marking nearly half a century of delivering an active lifestyle coupled with superior health care to Bucks County older adults.
Located in Doylestown, Pine Run Retirement Community opened in 1976 as one of the first retirement communities in Bucks County and the only one with a full-service, 200-bed regional Health Center devoted to health care for older adults. Since then, the community has grown significantly, through renovating and expansion of the independent living cottages as well as the Health Center.
Pine Run’s crown jewel is a 37,000-square-foot, $13 million community center nicknamed “The Hub,” which serves as the focal point of the community. As one of the early campaign priorities included in One Vision: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, donor contributions supported amenities commensurate with a vibrant lifestyle, including: indoor and outdoor dining venues, entertainment galleries, and an aquatics and fitness center.
Pine Run became a part of Doylestown Health in 1992, but the 43-acre campus on Ferry Road in Doylestown has a history that stretches far beyond that date. The land that is now home to Pine Run was part of William Penn’s 1861 land grant from King Charles II of England. It was farmland for a time, and two Colonial era farmhouses, dating from 1766 and 1791, continue to add historic interest to the campus.

The acquisition of Pine Run in 1992 enabled Doylestown Health to add specialized senior care to its community-based health care system. Then, in 1998, Doylestown Health purchased a personal care home in Doylestown Borough, which is now Pine Run Lakeview. Today, Pine Run’s independent living community, The Village, the personal care offered at Pine Run Lakeview, and the skilled nursing, rehabilitation services and specialized memory care at the Pine Run Health Center offer a full circle of health care services to meet the needs of seniors as they age, enabling them to remain in the place they love even when they require a higher level of care.
“Since its founding, Pine Run has been focused solely on meeting the needs of seniors who want to enjoy the beauty of Central Bucks County while still having access to excellent health care,” said Carolyn Della-Rodolfa, chair of the Pine Run Advisory Board, former chair of Doylestown Hospital board of trustees, and a member of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown, which founded and still governs Doylestown Health.
On Sept. 22, Pine Run marked its anniversary with a ceremony to dedicate the community’s pond to the memory of the late Cathleen Q. Stewart, who served as executive director for many years.
“Pine Run residents live life surrounded by friends, family, laughter, and fun – and the knowledge and wisdom that comes from 45 years of expertise in senior care,” said Maria Santangelo, executive director of Pine Run Retirement Community.