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Catholic Health East Executives Jointly Author Article for National Publication

Newtown Square, PA, November 13, 2012 – Several Catholic Health East (CHE) executives collaboratively authored an article on PACE that was published in the November-December 2012 issue of Health Progress, a journal of The Catholic Health Association of the United States. John Capasso, president and CEO, CHE's Continuing Care Management Services Network (CCMSN); Sr. Mary Persico, I.H.M., Ed.D., executive vice president, mission integration; Kelly Hopkins, vice president, home and community services, CCMSN; Kenneth A. Becker, vice president, advocacy, government relations and fund development; and Scott H. Share, vice president, communications, co-authored CHE Speeds Ahead In Support of PACE.

The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs — and their families — to be served in the community whenever possible. First introduced as a benefit in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, PACE is modeled on an innovative senior care delivery system created in the early 1970s in San Francisco, and later tested through federal demonstration projects in the 1980s.

CHE currently owns and operates 10 PACE centers in four states serving more than 1400 individuals and has plans to expand. The overarching goal of PACE is to maintain function and independence for the frail elderly in both their own homes and in the community; program participants benefit from reduced hospitalization and avoid nursing home placement and the related costs.

“Our participants care is closely monitored and the cost is lower for the state,” said Capasso. However, the system is not without its challenges. “We need to continue to expand the number of participants served and find ways to be more efficient with our resources. We have to be innovative in both services and funding.”

You can read the article here: CHE Speeds Ahead In Support of PACE

Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by eight religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The System includes 35 acute care hospitals, four long-term acute care hospitals, 26 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 12 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, eight behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 31 home health/hospice agencies and numerous ambulatory and community-based health services. Catholic Health East facilities employ more than 60,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry. Catholic Health East is the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of programs.