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Geisinger Expands LIFE Program in Pennsylvania

Geisinger Health System, which already has Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) programs in Scranton and Kulpmont, PA, expanded to Wilkes-Barre last month, opening a new 3,000-square foot center at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

“Our incentive is to keep people well, keep them happy, and keep them healthy and living in the community,” said Robert McQuillan, associate vice president for the Geisinger Care Continuum.

“The beauty of this program is that individuals get to stay in their homes," he said. "They get to stay with their families.”

North Carolina PACE Association Announces Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the North Carolina PACE Association Annual Conference, which will be held April 28-29 in Durham.

This year’s theme is “Setting the PACE 2016: Change, Challenge, Opportunity.”

The theme reflects the current changes and challenges confronting association staff, programs and participants, including Medicaid reform, leadership turn-over, growth limitations, and regulatory and policy changes.

However, these issues also bring "a new opportunity to enhance and improve our services to participants," according to the association.

Dr. Mary Fairbanks, of InnovAge Colorado, Named Family Physician of the Year

Mary Fairbanks, MD, of InnovAge Colorado, has been named "Family Physician of the Year" by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Fairbanks practices at the Cody Center in Lakewood.

Throughout her career, Dr. Fairbanks has been an advocate for patients struggling with homelessness and drug addiction. In her position at InnovAge, she is a passionate leader and educator in end-of-life care.

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Element Care Physician Appointed Lecturer at Harvard Medical School

Innokentiy "Kent" Bakaev, MD, of Element Care PACE, has been appointed a lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

The appointment deepens the affiliation of Element Care with one of the most prestigious and clinically excellent fellowship programs in the country. It will help Element Care demonstrate the value of PACE to more HMS students.

Dr. Ivy Pandit Appointed Medical Director at InnovAge Greater California PACE

Ivy Pandit, MD, has been appointed medical director at InnovAge Greater California PACE to oversee the delivery of medical care and clinical services.

Dr. Pandit, who has 40 years of professional experience, is board-certified in internal medicine/geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

She is passionate about caring for the elderly and thrives on bringing comfort and dignity into the lives of her patients.

Silver Tech: Technology for Seniors

What kind of technology do seniors really need?

According to Pamela Tabar, editor-in-chief of Long-Term Living magazine, the focus should be on reaching deeper into understanding both the kind of technology seniors need and how they need it to work.

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Rocky Mountain Health Care Services Opens Renovated Location

Rocky Mountain Health Care Services (RMHCS) has begun delivering services this month after completing renovations on a 60,000-square foot building in Colorado Springs, CO. The new space will allow the nonprofit organization to expand its mission of serving vulnerable seniors and those with brain injuries.

Deadline Extended to Submit Abstracts for 2016 Health IT Summit

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has announced a call for abstracts for the 2016 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit, which will be held June 26-28 in Reston, VA.

New Summit ElderCare Site Opens in Massachusetts

Fallon Health opened its sixth Summit ElderCare location in Massachusetts on the campus of the D'Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell.

"Fallon has become the leading PACE provider in Massachusetts by helping older adults maintain their independence while supporting their caregivers," said Richard Burke, interim president and CEO of Fallon Health. "Thanks to our exciting partnership with D'Youville, we will bring our 20 years of expertise in PACE to Greater Lowell."

LifeCircles PACE Opens in Michigan

LifeCircles PACE opened this month in Holland, MI, with the capacity to serve up to 175 people.

LifeCircles, a partnership between Mercy Health and Porter Hills Retirement Community, opened the $3 million facility in a former retail outlet center. The move came after the nonprofit organization recently completed a $6 million addition and renovation of a facility in Norton Shores that expanded capacity from 225 to 350 participants. The Holland area previously lacked a senior care provider that uses the PACE model.

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