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June 18, 2009

Heather Howard

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Commissioner to mark opening of New Jersey's first PACE Site




    Commissioner to mark opening of New Jersey’s first PACE Site


Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard will join officials from St. Francis Medical Center on Monday, June 22 at 10:30 am to mark the opening of the state’s first Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).


PACE is an innovative Medicare program that provides frail individuals age 55 and older comprehensive medical and social services coordinated and provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals in a community-based center and in their homes, helping program participants delay or avoid long-time nursing home care.


The event will take place at 1435 Liberty Street in Hamilton Township. 


St. Francis, which operates the program, has named their program LIFE (Living Independently For Elders). It began admitting participants in April.

St. Francis is part of the Catholic Health East (CHE) System.


The has been approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to serve individuals who reside in Mercer County or in Bordentown, Florence, or Roebling in Burlington County.


There will be opportunities to speak with program participants.

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