PACE of Southwest Michigan Welcomes New Medical Director

July 24, 2017

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) of Southwest Michigan, in St. Joseph, has welcomed Erika Nearpass, DO, as its new medical director.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Nearpass to our organization, and we look forward to her leadership in helping seniors in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties maintain their independence,” said Therese Saggau, executive director of PACE of Southwest Michigan. “Her strong passion for caring for the geriatric population is certain to make positive contributions to the care of our participants.”

“I will be a part of every aspect of the care our participants receive,” said Dr. Nearpass. “I am impressed with the multidisciplinary model of PACE and how it helps to prevent areas of missed opportunities to improve the patient’s overall health and quality of life.”

Dr. Nearpass received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Lakeland Regional Hospital in St. Joseph.

PACE of Southwest Michigan was founded in 2012 by community partners that identified a need for home-based long-term care services. The program serves adults age 55 and over who have long-term medical conditions. PACE coordinates and provides all needed preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so older adults can continue living at home in their community. The program is part of a nationwide model of care that began in 1971.

“Our participants and their families are consistently happy with the care and services they receive,” Saggau said. “With our care, participants experience less deterioration in physical functioning, better health status and quality of life, and lower rates of ER visits and hospitalizations.”

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