Fallon Health Opens Summit ElderCare in Worcester, MA

October 22, 2019

Community leaders, older adults and family caregivers joined Fallon Health on Oct. 18 to open its newest Summit ElderCare® location in Worcester, MA. The state-of-the-art center replaces the original site, which opened nearly 25 years ago.

“While the needs of our participants and caregivers have evolved since Fallon Health opened our first Summit ElderCare location in Worcester back in 1995, our commitment to helping older adults continue living independently has not,” said Richard Burke, president and CEO of Fallon Health. “This new facility will allow us to address the medical and social needs of even more people in a way that supports their health and well-being.” 

Summit ElderCare is the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) of Fallon Health. The joint Medicare and Medicaid program helps people remain living in their community instead of a nursing home or other long-term care facility.

Now in its 24th year of offering PACE, Fallon is the longest-serving and largest PACE provider in New England and among the largest in the country, serving more than 1,200 PACE participants at facilities in Leominster, Lowell, Springfield, Webster, Worcester and western New York.

The new 15,500-square foot facility in Worcester will offer all-inclusive, coordinated and patient-centered health care and related support services to individuals age 55 and over who need assistance and qualify for nursing home care but wish to remain living independently in the community.

Upgrades and modern amenities include larger day rooms for meals and socializing, heated sidewalks to help with safety in the winter, and increased outdoor patio space with shelter from the weather. There is additional space for rehab and activities, including a much larger library, five computers, a salon and two quiet rooms where participants can de-stress, as well as dedicated parking spaces that make the PACE center more accessible to participants, caregivers and visitors.

 “It is an honor to provide care and support to older adults and their caregivers,” said Kristine Bostek, vice president of Summit ElderCare. “Fallon is committed to a compassionate approach of care for older adults and their loved ones. We’re excited to be part of this new chapter, and we invite the community to visit the new location.”

The area around the new facility has been undergoing a transformation, with retail and office development, including the 55,000-square foot Trolley Yard project. Given its roots in the city, Fallon saw the area as an ideal location for its new site and worked with local developer Tim Rassias, principal of 288 Grove Street LLC, to turn the former manufacturing facility into a vital resource for the community.

“The City of Worcester is proud to have Fallon Health as a partner,” said Mayor Joe Petty. “This project shows Fallon’s investment in the city and its people. I applaud them for taking on such an important initiative and contributing to the area as it grows into a commercial hub.”

Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a health care services organization that supports the diverse and changing needs of those it serves. For more information, visit fallonhealth.org.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Summit ElderCare was held on Oct. 18.

The state-of-the-art center spans 15,500 square feet.
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