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Board Reviews Sanatoga Green Tonight; Is A Regional Hospital Competitor In Its Plans?

SANATOGA PA – The sale of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center to the Reading Health System, announced at the end of May (2017), has rekindled outside health care competitors’ interests in adding a hospital-like facility to proposed construction of the Sanatoga Green residential and commercial complex on the west side of Evergreen Road, its developers have told the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners.

Plans by Castle Caldecott LLC, the development company that has worked for more than three years to launch Sanatoga Green, included what was originally proposed as a multi-story medical office building and a nearby hotel. Its principals in January said a major health care group was considering the development as a potential hospital location, for which the hotel would be sacrificed.

Little else had been heard publicly about progress in those discussions until the June 6 commissioners’ meeting. That’s when Castle Caldecott’s Ted Drauschak said he was actively talking to regional firms “with a definite interest” in creating more hospital competition, spurred by the events involving PMMC. “Just as Reading will come down to Pottstown, Philadelphia will come up,” Drauschak predicted.

Board members have said they would prefer the employment a hospital represents over that of a hotel.

It’s unknown whether Castle Caldecott, which tonight (Thursday, July 6, 2017) is asking the board for preliminary plan approval of Sanatoga Green, will offer commissioners any breaking news about the prospect of a hospital agreement.

Those involved likely want to get under way with plans completed to date, observers say. Developers claimed they are ready to go with other parts of the project, including construction of several hundred town-home and apartment residences.

Both the board and developers agree that, should a hospital become part of Sanatoga Green’s future, it will require a new round of planning and approvals. “It’s an economic decision the board eventually must be a part of,” Drauschak acknowledged in June.

Community Health Systems, the company that manages Pottstown Memorial, said last September (2016) it would consider selling the hospital among financial options to reduce overall debt and increase profitability. The deal with Reading Health was made public eight months later.

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