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posted: 8/15/2013 6:27 PM

St. Alexius discontinues Golden Circle program

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After 24 years of providing social and wellness services to people ages 50 and older, the St. Alexius Medical Center Golden Circle program has been discontinued.

Jon Rozenfeld, chief operating officer of Alexian Brothers Acute Care Ministries, mailed a letter to Golden Circle members last week that said the decision came about "after careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of existing community senior resources available to the public."

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The medical center has decided to instead partner with the Hoffman Estates Park District "to align with and support their 50+ Active Adult program," he wrote.

At the time of the discontinuation, there were about 650 members in the Golden Circle, which offered older adults day trips, educational programs and fitness opportunities, said Mary Ellen Larson, public relations manager for the Alexian Brothers Health System. They will receive a free, one-year membership that starts in September for the park district's 50+ Active Adult program.

An open house for the park district's 50+ Active Adult Activities Center is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Anyone is invited to attend.

Rozenfeld's letter also thanked Golden Circle members for their loyalty and participation.

"We are confident this transition will be smooth and will be an exciting opportunity for you," he wrote.

For information about the park district's 50+ Active Adult program, visit heparks.org.

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