New Year, New You!
Updated: Jan 27
By Rob Prussman, Maintenance Supervisor, Dana Inc.
We kicked off the day with the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast held at New Hanover United Methodist Church in Gilbertsville where we covered the annual financial review with representatives from Tompkins VIST Bank.
January’s session was all about Health services in the tri-county area. With stops in Pottstown and Boyertown, we explored several locations that covered everything head to toe. The locations included Development Enterprises Corporation (DEC), Pottstown Hospital, Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Creative Health Services, and Community Health and Dental Care.
Our first stop was the Pottstown branch of DEC. The Director Tammie Reimer completely undersold the joy and excitement that we would face when meeting the individuals there. The center is completely devoted to teaching valuable life skills and necessary skills to join the workforce. The individuals also earn money learning these skills while completing their piece rate work. I met several people that were more than willing to explain their work and how excited they were to be there and even let us tryout some of the different operations. Through the conversations myself and other leadership members had the opportunity to partake in, it was evident how much these individuals enjoy what they do on a daily basis.
We then continued down High St to the Pottstown Hospital where we met with Rich Newell,
the President and CEO of the hospital. He filled us in on the operations of the hospital and took us on a tour highlighting some of its amenities. The highlight of the tour was seeing the hospital’s Cancer Treatment Center which ranks in the top 4 of the country and is a 5 time recipient of the Accreditation with Commendation/Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). Rich is an incredible public speaker and truly a solid leader which was evident throughout the tour where he easily acknowledged all hospital staff by first name. This really showed that the care and compassion at this facility started at the top.
After wrapping up on High Street, we made our way to Boyertown to meet with the friendly staff of Boyertown Area Multi-Service Center. The center is operated by 600+ volunteers and staff. This was without question a “One Stop Shop” of all things community outreach. Lori and Michelle took us on a tour of the facility showing us everything that they offer, including Senior Services, Meals on Wheels (100+ meals at each serving), Preston’s Pantry and daily center events (15+ daily events). This is not even close to encompassing everything they do, but a brief highlight of what we were shown and the impact they have on the community. If you are unsure of how you want to volunteer in the community, this would be a great start!
Creative Health Services covers all things behavioral health and under Andy Trentacoste, the center’s CEO and Clinical Director, they have worked tirelessly to take the stigma away from behavioral health in the tri-county community. Their services include counseling services, interventions, outpatient care, and an inhouse pharmacy. They also operate 2 transitional homes. Their services work with the local communities, schools, police and hospitals to ensure everyone receives the care they need.
To wrap up January session we went to the Coventry Mall to go shopping…. for Health Care! Community Health and Dental Care (CHDC), located in the massive space that used to be a Ross Department Store, CHDC is a one stop shop of all things health care. Their services cover Dental, Physical Therapy, Vision, Pediatrics/OBGYN, Adult Care and Pharmacy. The Adult Care department is considered “Open Access Medical” which means you do not need an appointment and they will see you as soon as possible around their scheduled patients. The Dental department also features an emergency-only tech that has an open book and sees patients daily with immediate needs. The facility also makes you feel right at home with its inviting environment that features beautiful lighting and fun street names of the facility services.
After visiting 5 health services facilities in the tri-county area, it’s safe to say that the region is on its way to making it a better place for everyone in the area. And sticking with New Year’s resolutions, and the focus on New Year, New You, get out there and volunteer make a difference in someone’s life and in your community.