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Genesys announces plans to open Genesys PACE Center

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) At a press conference held Monday, Dec. 16, Genesys announced plans to open a new facility in downtown Flint that will serve seniors with chronic care needs.
The Genesys PACE Center is scheduled to open in early 2015 in the former International Institute building located at the corner of Stevens and First Street.

Genesys was designated by the State of Michigan as the exclusive PACE provider for Genesee County.

PACE – Program of all-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – is a community-based service that provides comprehensive, cost-efficient medical care and social care for frail adults age 55 and older who are Medicaid/Medicare dual eligible, and need a skilled nursing home level of care.

The Genesys PACE Center will provide a full continuum of care: primary care (including physician and nursing services), adult day health, hospital and home care as needed, physical and occupational therapy, recreational therapy, meals, nutritional counseling, social services, transportation and an array of other services participants may need throughout their stay to improve and maintain their overall health.

PACE participants must be a resident of Genesee County and meet the requirements for skilled nursing home care.

PACE will reach another large population who needs the right level of medical care in the right location, reports Betsy Aderholdt, president and CEO of Genesys. She announced plans to open the Genesys PACE Center at the press conference held at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Aderholdt, along with Tim Herman, CEO of the chamber; US Representative Dan Kildee; and Mayor Dayne Walling spoke at the press conference, sharing their excitement for another Genesys development in downtown Flint. In August, Genesys opened its Downtown Flint Health Center and in October, the health system opened an urgent care facility inside the downtown health center.

PACE represents a multiple year investment in Flint of $3.9 million, and it will create 70 permanent jobs, Aderholdt announced at the press conference.

Uptown Reinvestment Corporation was selected as the developer of the project.

An estimated 2,400 to 5,400 residents of Genesee County are considered eligible for PACE services. By 2014, 27.64 percent of the Genesee County population will be age 55 or older. The population of county residents 65 years of age and older is growing by 1 percent annually.

At full capacity, Genesys expects to see an average of 225 participants on a daily basis.


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