NEWS

'PACE Setters' Lead the Way to Accelerated Growth and Access

The first two quarters of 2019 saw Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) nationally serve an additional 1,834 participants, bringing the total estimated number of participants to 50,955 in June. For these new participants, PACE growth means a higher quality of life and care, with fewer hospitalizations, emergency room visits and nursing home stays.

Amer Syed, MD, Named Medical Director at Lutheran Senior LIFE

Amer K. Syed, MD, FACP, has been appointed the new medical director at Lutheran Senior LIFE at Jersey City, NJ. He will direct and supervise all clinical aspects of care for participants, lead the interdisciplinary care team, and oversee the effectiveness of service delivery.

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.

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®).

LIFE Geisinger Lewistown Celebrates Official Opening

LIFE Geisinger celebrated the official opening of its new location in Lewistown, PA, on May 1.

The first 10 participants in the program joined medical director Richard Martin, MD, director Robert McQuillan and LIFE staff members in marking the special occasion.

LIFE Geisinger offers specialized services to help seniors live independently.

The unique and innovative program for older adults is designed to give them the support they need to live at home.

CareLink and PACE Organization of Rhode Island Reach Growth Milestone

CareLink, a nonprofit management organization, and PACE Organization of Rhode Island (PACE-RI) have reached new stages of growth that require changes to the top post of each organization. Joan Kwiatkowski, who has served as CEO of both companies since their inception, will transition to be the full-time CEO of PACE-RI beginning April 1, and Christine Gadbois, DNP, will assume interim leadership duties of CareLink at that time.

Florida PACE Centers Set PACE 2.0 Aim of 1,430 Participants by 2021

Florida PACE Centers, Inc., based in Miami, is the first Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) organization to set its PACE 2.0 growth aim. PACE 2.0 is a national initiative to increase the number of people served by PACE organizations from approximately 50,000 today to 100,000 by 2021.

The goal of Florida PACE Centers is to serve 1,430 participants by Dec. 31, 2021. The organization, which currently serves 837 participants, estimates that reaching its goal will require an average net monthly enrollment of 19 participants.

Black and White Ball Will Benefit Adult Day Center of Westerly and PACE Rhode Island

The Adult Day Center of Westerly and PACE Organization of Rhode Island have been chosen as the recipients of the annual Black and White Ball on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Ocean House, a historic hotel in Watch Hill, RI.

“We are thrilled to be this year’s Black and White Ball recipient and to further our relationship with the supportive community of Westerly,” said Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of the Adult Day Center of Westerly and PACE Organization of Rhode Island.

NPA Introduces New Logo and Branding

The National PACE Association (NPA) announces a new logo and new branding for the association.

NPA worked for several years to develop a new logo and brand that are contemporary and more representative of the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) model of care.

The new logo represents PACE in several ways. The 11 loops represent the members of the PACE interdisciplinary team, which plays a central role in the model of care.

PACE-RI Awarded Grant to Purchase Technology for Day Center

PACE Organization of Rhode Island (PACE-RI) has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the Champlin Foundation that will be used to upgrade safety and security systems at its day center in Providence.

Equipment purchased for the day center will include a new “swipe” system for tracking participant day center activity and a new nurse call system. PACE-RI will procure innovative technology that automatically performs hourly head counts of participants, and the nurse call system will help clinical staff quickly react to client needs.

Mercy LIFE Celebrates New Adult Day Center

Mercy LIFE celebrated its new adult day center in Norristown, PA, with a dedication and blessing ceremony on Nov. 29. Lucy Bustamante, news anchor at NBC-10 and Telemundo-62, was the emcee for the ceremony.

More than 120 people attended the event. Community partners, providers, elected officials and colleagues came together as the center and staff were anointed and blessed in accordance with the Catholic Healthcare Ministry.

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