Alabama’s first PACE site receives large commitments
March 31, 2011
L to R, Tom Davis, capital campaign committee member; Britten Britt, co-chair of capital campaign; Sherry-Lea Bloodworth, Mercy Medical’s vice president of advocacy and development; Councilman Fred Richardson; Ray Moore, co-chair of capital campaign committee.
Alabama’s Medicare and Medicaid Agencies have approved a unique program which creates a comprehensive service package of healthcare benefits focused entirely on older people who are frail enough to meet the State’s standards for nursing home care. Featuring thorough medical and social services that can be provided at an adult day health center, home, and/or inpatient facility, Alabama’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) will give most patients the option of living at home while receiving services, rather than being institutionalized. Alabama’s first PACE program is scheduled to open this fall in the Crichton community of Mobile and will serve residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties with future sites planned.
A Capital Campaign to raise needed funding for renovation of the former Mobile Rug and Shade building which will house the first PACE site, was kicked off in January. Several large commitments have been received thus far including $100,000 from the Hearin-Chandler Foundation; $50,000 given in honor of Mr. Hugh McCaffrey; and $25,000 given in honor of Mrs. Mary Mapp. Numerous naming opportunities are available for donations in amounts of $25,000 and up.
“The need in Mobile County for a PACE center is great, providing an option for older adults in our community to continue living in their homes rather than in a nursing home. This program has already proven to be beneficial and life-changing for thousands of frail elderly in our country,” said Jake Bell, president and CEO of Mercy Medical.
Sherry-Lea Bloodworth, Mercy Medical’s vice president of development and advocacy states, “we are so grateful to our donors for their significant contributions to bring PACE to Mobile County. Without the generosity of these people, this program would never become a reality. There are multiple opportunities for others to give to this worthy effort. We hope others in our community will be as generous as our first three benefactors.” If you would like more information on how you can support the PACE center and receive information on naming opportunities, please contact Sherry-Lea Bloodworth at (251) 621-4873 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.