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Volunteerism at Fallon Health Benefits Underserved Populations

Fallon Health, based in Worcester, MA, advanced its commitment to addressing health care barriers in underserved populations with a robust year of employee volunteerism and strategic financial support.

Fallon employees contributed thousands of volunteer hours last year to address health care challenges of at-risk populations. That was in addition to the other giving initiatives of the organization, which include grants, hunger relief funding and sponsorships to more than 250 organizations across the state.

Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City Appoints New Leadership

Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City, in New Jersey, has appointed two key members to its leadership team. Ritu Suri, MD, CMD, is the new medical director, and Christine Lesicko, RN, BSN, MBA, has been named vice president and executive director. Lutheran Senior LIFE is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) that delivers health care services to Hudson County seniors with chronic care needs.

On Lok Lifeways Opens Second PACE Center in San Jose

To help address the growing need for more senior health care services in Silicon Valley, On Lok Lifeways is opening a second PACE center in San Jose, CA. A public ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tours are scheduled for Jan. 25. The Bay Area-based nonprofit now will have the capacity to serve more than 350 nursing home-eligible senior residents in Santa Clara County across two sites.

Schreiber Named PACE Medical Director and VP, Salisbury Promoted to Executive Director

Robert Schreiber, MD, has been named vice president and medical director of the Fallon Health Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), and Annamaria Salisbury, MPA, has been promoted to executive director of Summit ElderCare in Worcester, MA.

Saint Francis LIFE Welcomes New Medical Director

Paul Eberts, MD, is the new medical director of Saint Francis LIFE in Delaware.

"I am looking forward to working with LIFE's comprehensive team and the LIFE provider network in caring for the elderly and providing the highest quality medical care to help them age in place in the community," said Dr. Eberts, who is board-certified in family and geriatric medicine.

He will be responsible for the 229 participants at Saint Francis LIFE who live in New Castle County.

Element Care Recognized for Providing Quality and Compassionate Care

Element Care has been honored with the Service Partner Award from Harborlight Community Partners.

The award recognizes Element Care staff for providing quality and compassionate care and improving the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable residents in the community.

Emily Cooper, chief housing officer at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, in Boston, MA, presented the award to Bob Wakefield, CEO of Element Care.

NPA Develops Audit Materials to Assist PACE Organizations with Compliance Efforts

The National PACE Asssociation (NPA) PACE Audit Task Force has developed a set of materials to assist Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) with their compliance efforts and to prepare for future audits.

NPA members can log into the website to access the materials.

PACE 2.0: Charting a Course for Exponential PACE Growth

NPA has launched the PACE 2.0 project with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation and West Health. The initiative will expand access to Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) for many complex high-need, high-cost populations across the country.

The organizations recently approved $795,585 in funding over two years, with the goal of innovating the PACE model to serve more seniors and other individuals with high-care needs.

Oct. 1 Is United Nations International Day of Older Persons

On Sunday, Oct. 1, communities around the world will observe the International Day of Older Persons, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has announced. In 1990 the United Nations designated Oct. 1 to recognize the vital contributions of older people globally and to encourage member nations to thoughtfully address their increasingly aging populations.

PACE Participates in Boston Initiative Targeting Chronically Homeless Seniors

By Sherry Fox

“Boston’s Way Home” is Mayor Martin Walsh’s initiative to end veteran and chronic homelessness in the city by providing a pathway through health services and homes.

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