Mercy Medical Announces Opening of Mercy LIFE of Alabama
November 18, 2011
Pictured at the new Mercy LIFE Center on Springhill Avenue are standing Dr. Eugene Lammers, medical director of Mercy LIFE , Diane Lancaster, executive director of Mercy LIFE; and Jake Bell, president and CEO of Mercy Medical; sitting are Sr. Deborah Kennedy, RSM, vice president of Mercy Medical and Gemma Campbell, sales and marketing manager of Mercy LIFE.
Mercy LIFE of Alabama will officially open at its new location on December 1, 2011 at 2900 Springhill Avenue in Mobile. Mercy LIFE is the newest health care choice for elders living in Mobile County. LIFE is a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE), which can assist the elderly to live safely at home with help from a team of health care experts. LIFE is a safe alternative to nursing home care. Mercy LIFE is an innovative care model for frail seniors who qualify for nursing home care but prefer to stay in their homes. This program provides them the support necessary to stay at home safely for as long as possible. Participants in this program must be 55 years or older, live in the service area, qualify for nursing home care and be able to live in their homes safely with the support of Mercy LIFE.
Mercy LIFE, a program of Mercy Medical, is an all-inclusive care model that provides participants health care that is managed and integrated. The LIFE Center is an important part of this program. Here, seniors receive health care, nutritious meals and participate in activities with others so they can remain active, socialize and make new friends. The LIFE Center offers one location where doctors, nurses and other health care professionals can deliver treatment and monitor changes in an individual’s health. LIFE provides support so that seniors can live independently as long as possible. Transportation to and from the Center is included.
Participants in this program receive all their health care services through Mercy LIFE of Alabama. Some of the services provided through LIFE are adult day health services; primary and specialty medical care; nursing care; prescription and over-the-counter medications; occupational, physical and speech therapies; in-home assistance with bathing and dressing; social work services; dental care; audiology, vision care; nursing home services and acute care hospitalization.
“This program has been a long time in the making. We are so proud that it is finally here and we are now able to serve a very vulnerable population of deserving seniors,” said Diane Lancaster, executive director of Mercy LIFE. “Mercy LIFE will deliver on its promises to help frail elderly stay in their homes through well managed, integrated care. But that care encompasses so much more than other models out there; all of the needs of the participants are met, social, spiritual and medical,” continued Lancaster.
Jake Bell, president and CEO of Mercy Medical stated, “This is a new direction for Mercy, towards home and community based services. With a shift in our Mission in late 2009, we knew that PACE was a program we definitely wanted to bring to south Alabama. The market has really dictated that shift; more and more people want to stay home as long as possible. We knew there was a need to care for this fragile population and Mercy LIFE was the answer to that need while allowing the participants to do what they really want, to stay home.”
Alabama has become the thirty-first state to operate a PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) program. Since the early 70s, the Mercy LIFE model has helped the frail elderly keep their independence by living safely in their homes. Today, there are 75 programs operational in 31 states with 20,000+ participants nationwide. The program features a comprehensive medical and social service delivery system using an interdisciplinary team approach in an adult day health center, supplemented by in-home and referral services.
Mercy LIFE is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or private payment. There are little to no out-of-pocket charges if participants qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, or Medicaid alone.
Mercy Medical is a member of the National PACE Association, is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, and is a member of Catholic Health East.
To receive information on Mercy LIFE or to arrange a personal visit from an enrollment specialist, call 251-287-8420. You can also visit www.mercylifeal.com.