PMMC ‘Senior Circle’ Closing; Successor Planned

Pottstown Senior Circle members annually celebrated the chapter founding anniversary with a party

POTTSTOWN PA – As of Monday (July 31, 2017), say “so long” to Senior Circle. And, possibly, say “hello” to a still-being-planned successor.

The Pottstown Memorial Medical Center activities group for area residents age 55 and older will officially close as a national Senior Circle chapter at the end of the month, in anticipation of the hospital’s already announced asset sale to Reading Health System.

In that deal, Reading is also acquiring assets of four other hospitals. Terms of its agreement with Tennessee-based seller Community Health Systems were not disclosed. There are increasing indications the sale will be final by early September; several medical staff members of specific components within PMMC say they have been notified their units will be closed by Sept. 1.

Senior Circle is among the sale’s casualties, current advisor Sharon Steinmetz reported to its roughly 1,800 members in a recent letter, because it will no longer be affiliated with the national organization of the same name. The chapter opened in 2004.

Some benefits provided under its nominal fee membership included complimentary private hospital room upgrades when available, and complimentary meals for spouses and care-givers attending to those hospitalized. It also offered a lengthy list of local monthly activities like water aerobics, exercise classes, bridge and mah-jongg games, a book club and walking club, and even chair dancing.

The group supplied “many great times and wonderful memories,” Steinmetz noted.

But she also held out hope that Senior Circle, or at least the health and wellness it hoped to promote, will live on in a new, free form under a name and sponsor yet to be announced. “We are planning to transition to a free program,” Steinmetz wrote, with a similar mission: “to help you stay well, and well informed through seminars, wellness programs, and education.”

Details will be publicly announced as the new program is finalized, she said. “We look forward to your continuing involvement with our activities,” the letter added.

File photo from Senior Circle

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