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Local InterestBY TIM MITCHELLFund Development Coordinator, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.PACE stands for Program of All-In- clusive Care for the Elderly and began as a care model in California in the 1970’s. Today there are 260 PACE centers in 31 states serving 49,000 participants.Expansion of Coverage Area – The State of Michigan approved a service area expansion request to enable Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. to open their servicesto the underserved areas in southeastern Allegan and southern Barry counties. In addition to these additional service areas, the organization also serves Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and eastern Van Buren counties. Within the next year they plan to also add St. Joseph and Branch counties, subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of Michigan.Within the ten years of their service to the community, Senior Care PartnersAs to long term goals for the organiza- tion, chief strategy officer, Laura Ferrara, stated, “We will be serving 3,000 older adults by the end of fiscal year 2026. Not all those served will be PACE partic- ipants, but it will be a combination of PACE participants as well as helping peo- ple that may not yet qualify for the PACE program.” Ferrara added, “In regard to short-term projections, our goal is to be serving 600 PACE members and some non-PACE members at five locations by the end of fiscal year 2020.”A Year of Growth and Expansion for Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.“Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. has been a catalyst for change in health care in our region. They are one of the key leaders in changing the care model for seniors.” This recent statement from Brenda Hunt, President and CEO of the Battle Creek Community Foundation, is descriptive of the work being done by Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. as they celebrate their ten year anniversary serv- ing medically complex older adults. Hunt went on to say, “They flipped the switch with what was at the time, ten years ago, a rare model. The concept is somewhat hidden, but it has modernized and moved people’s thinking by leaps and bounds.”P.A.C.E. has experienced significant growth and has expanded to nearly 500 participants, over 220 employees, and three centers located in Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Portage, with two ad- ditional centers planned for Albion and Sturgis within the next year.200+ Active Employees – Over the past year the organization hired their 200th employee. This was the first time in the history of the organization that the number of employees ever reached this mark. To date, there are now over 220 employees and that number continuesSenior Care Partners P.A.C.E. opened their doors to the first seven participants on April 1, 2009. Since that time, signif- icant advances have been made by the organization making it one of the largest non-profit groups in the region. “Our goal is to serve the senior population by helping them to remain safely in their own homes for as long as possible,” said the organiza- tion’s CEO, Alexandria Lueth. “We know almost all seniors desire to age at home rather than in a long term care facility. We have the good fortune of helping these individuals through quality medical care, socialization opportunities, in-home care, and transportation to and from our centers under the PACE model of care.”Record Breaking Enrollment - For the first time in the history of the organi- zation, the program exceeded 400 active participants. This is a direct result of the continuous effort of the entire staff to make the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. name synonymous with quality healthcare for seniors within the communities they serve. Interestingly, it took 24 months to go from 200 to 300 participants, but it only took 14 months to go from 300 to 400 participants. The organization is also on track to exceed 500 participants in the very near future.Expansion to Sturgis – A Letter of Intent was sent to the Michigan De- partment of Health and Human Ser- vices regarding a Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. expansion site in Sturgis. This was the result of numerous conversations with the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging and their desire for a PACE program within their county. Building renovation plans are currently being considered with a potential opening date within the next year pending CMS and State of Michigan approval.Below are some of the accomplish- ments of this fast growing organization over the past grow in conjunction with the increase in the number of participants. There are currently numerous job openings that can be explored on the Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. website.Enrollment Cap Increased – Be- cause of the rapid and expansive growth taking place and the need for PACE ser- vices in the region, the State of Michigan approved an increase in the enrollment cap for Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E enabling them to now serve up to 535 participants.Expansion to Albion – After numer- ous meetings and extensive due diligence efforts, an exploratory committee consist- ing of representatives from Oaklawn Hos- pital and Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. agreed to move forward with plans to open a Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. location in Albion in response to the growing need for PACE services on the east side of Calhoun County. Renovation of the existing building is now underway with a potential opening date within the next year pending CMS and State of Michigan approval.New Center in Portage – To ac- commodate the growing need for PACE services in the region, on April 1, 2019, on the 10 year anniversary of the orga- nization, the Portage Center became the third location for Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. in this region of Michigan. The renovated building, located at 800 E. Milham Avenue in Portage, is a beautiful facility serving seniors and their caregiv- ers in Kalamazoo County.For additional information about Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. or to find out how they can help you or a loved one, please call (269) 441-9319 or visit REPORT I SCENE 4407 19

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