Charlottesville, Va. – Officials from across the region gathered Monday to celebrate the opening of the building that will house the Blue Ridge Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

PACE Blue Ridge ribbon cutting

PACE is a community-based alternative to institutional long-term care. PACE enables participants to remain in their homes, and out of nursing homes, by providing comprehensive medical and social services. The program also enhances quality of life for family members and caregivers through various support services and resources. The initiative is a joint venture of Riverside Health System, the University of Virginia Health System; and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging. 

U.S. Senator Mark R. WarnerU.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, the ceremony’s key speaker, said Blue Ridge PACE will help eliminate the lack of continuity that presently exists for older adults and their families where different entities handle healthcare, social services and nutrition.

"The big piece that has been missing so long in our healthcare system is exactly the role that PACE fills. … This is not only the morally right thing to do, but it’s also the financially right thing to do," Warner said.


Published: November 27, 2013