GHS breaks ground on facility to house senior care program

Greenville Health System broke ground today on a new facility that will soon house GHS Senior Care, an innovative program designed to provide coordinated medical care to the elderly.

When it opens in the spring of 2016, GHS Health Senior Care will be the only program of its kind in the Upstate, the third in the state and one of just over 100 in the nation. What makes the program so unique is its utilization of the PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model.

The PACE model was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help meet the healthcare needs of the elderly in the community. The goal is for seniors to age in place in their homes rather than in a nursing home or long-term care facility, remain active in their communities and receive high quality medical care at an affordable price.

“With PACE, the focus is on the patient. They have a team of healthcare professionals working with them and their family to make sure they get the coordinated care they need,” said Dr. Angelo Sinopoli, vice president of clinical integration and chief medical officer for GHS. “The team gets to know them, monitors their care and can provide interventions when needed – whether that’s here in this new facility or in the patient’s home.”

GHS Senior Care will offer a number of services including primary care, dentistry, emergency services, home care and hospital care. It will also provide meals, nutritional counseling, occupational and physical therapy and a number of specialty services.

To be eligible for the program, patients must be 55 or older, live in the service area, need a nursing home level of care as certified by the state and be able to live safely in the community with help from GHS Senior Care.

Once open, the program will serve up to 200 people.

“GHS Senior Care aligns with our total health philosophy, which is to provide the right care, at the right time and the right place, but also at the right cost,” said Dr. Sinopoli. “By utilizing the PACE model and providing our seniors with the right care when they need it, we can decrease hospitalizations and reduce overall healthcare costs. Best of all, seniors get to maintain their independence and remain active in their communities.”

Enrollment for GHS Senior Care is scheduled to begin in early 2016. For more information, visit ghs.org/seniorcare.

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