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Special Report Highlights Flexibility and Resiliency of PACE Model in Response to Pandemic

A special report by the National PACE Association (NPA) and Altarum highlights how Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) have been effective in keeping nursing home-eligible enrollees safe in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. PACE uses an interdisciplinary team approach that enables 95 percent of its enrollees to continue to live in the community and outside of a nursing home.

Seven Members Elected to the NPA Board of Directors

Seven members have been elected to the 2021 National PACE Association (NPA) Board of Directors.

Alan Sadowsky, executive director of Palm Beach PACE, was re-elected to the board. New to the board are Samira Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare; Sonja Love Felton, executive director of Huron Valley PACE; Grace Li, CEO of On Lok Lifeways; Marianne Ratcliffe, executive director of Piedmont Health SeniorCare; Ursula Robinson, executive director of PACE of the Triad; and Susan Waschevski, associate vice president of Operations at Stockton PACE.

September Is National PACE Month

Each September the National PACE Association (NPA) celebrates Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). This care model enables nursing home-eligible individuals to live in the community as long as possible. PACE is successful at keeping more than 95 percent of its enrollees in the community and out of nursing homes.

The theme of this year’s observance is “Your Care, Your Community, You’re Home.” It echoes the success PACE organizations have had in keeping their participants safe during the pandemic.

Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation Supports COVID-19 Financial Relief for PACE

In an Aug. 14 letter to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), both Pennsylvania senators and all of the Pennsylvania members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter expressing concern about the health care providers impacted by COVID-19 but not eligible to receive provider relief funds, including those in Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

PACE Innovation Lab: Five Recorded Webinars Available

PACE Innovation Lab is an online educational series that highlights emerging practices in Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). By bringing promising new practices and ideas to the wider PACE community, the National PACE Association (NPA) is helping PACE programs learn from one another by fostering early ideation, dialogue and information sharing.

Video Series Illustrates Need to Expand PACE

"Before I Found PACE" is a video series developed by the National PACE Association (NPA). The stories and words of PACE participants and caregivers illustrate the need to expand Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®).

PACE for Black Lives: Period of Reflection on June 19

The National PACE Association (NPA) applauds Huron Valley PACE, located in Ypsilanti, MI, for its efforts to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The National PACE Association and the NPA Executive Committee encourage all individuals in Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) to join in on Friday, June 19, for a period of reflection in support of black lives.

The period of reflection will begin at noon ET.

CHA PACE Conducts Training to Treat COVID-Positive Patients in the Community

CHA PACE is training nursing, rehabilitation and provider staff to care for its first COVID-positive patients returning to the community after a hospital stay. Susan Donnelly, director of Operations, and Kathryn Tylander, manager of Quality, are conducting the training.

As of April 12, 76 of the 469 participants at CHA PACE have been tested for COVID-19. Forty-two test results were positive, 28 were negative, and six tests are pending. Of the positive cases, 35 reside in nursing homes, seven are hospitalized, and five passed away. One of the pending cases has passed away.

Samira Beckwith to Receive Women of Distinction Award

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been inducted into the Hall of Honor in the McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards, a joint program of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living.

The awards program, in its second year, recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the senior living and skilled nursing professions or have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the fields.

“The dedication and commitment shown by our Hall of Honor recipients truly sets them apart,” said McKnight’s editorial director John O’Connor.

Rubén Alicea Appointed Director of Community Engagement and Enrollment for Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City

Rubén Alicea has been appointed director of Community Engagement and Enrollment at Lutheran Senior LIFE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) based in Jersey City, NJ. With more than 30 years of state government leadership and nonprofit executive experience, he will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day marketing operations, the enrollment process and community outreach.

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