Sentara Healthcare, based in Norfolk, VA, is marking the 20th anniversary of the first Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) in Virginia. Sentara PACE operates two sites, in Norfolk and Portsmouth, providing transportation, meals, activities, socialization and a physician-staffed clinic.

“As modern medicine allows us to live longer, the care needs in our later years have expanded and evolved,” said Bruce Robertson, president of Sentara Life Care and past president of the National PACE Association Board of Directors. “PACE provides one solution, providing participants with some extra help while allowing them to remain in their own homes.”

More than a thousand participants and their families have been part of the Sentara PACE program over the past two decades. Over 260 participants are active in the current sites today.

“Flexibility is what makes PACE such a unique care model,” Robertson said. “Our Sentara team and our partners provide care not just at PACE centers but also in participants’ homes if that’s what they need.”

New federal legislation, the PACE Innovation Act, which was co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), opens the door to new, younger participants.

“People with intellectual or developmental disabilities could benefit from a PACE model,” said Suzanne Coyner, director of Sentara PACE. “As institutions move toward community-based care, PACE offers a comprehensive option, and we look forward to new opportunities to serve those populations.”

Sentara Healthcare is an integrated not-for-profit system of 12 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina. A video about Sentara PACE is available on YouTube.

Bruce Robertson, president of Sentara Life Care, presents a plaque of
appreciation to Dolsialeen Edmonds, president of the PACE Participant

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