New Partnership Expands Healthcare Services to Seniors
Integrated PACE Services Coming to Stockton and Modesto Areas
WelbeHealth and Sutter Health have announced a partnership to expand Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) offerings to new communities in the Stockton and Modesto areas, giving thousands of medically frail California seniors new access to comprehensive services that can keep them healthy and living independently in their homes and communities, rather than confined to hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities.
Stockton is the largest city in California without PACE, an innovative and proven national model for holistic care that brings health care, social support, transportation, and insurance under a single care team focused on ensuring the highest quality of life for seniors they serve.
Sutter Health has operated one of the original PACE programs, based in Sacramento, for the past 25 years and, after many months of thoughtful discussion, has engaged WelbeHealth to launch and operate new PACE programs.
“There is an unprecedented level of mission alignment for us as healthcare partners,” according to Sutter Care at Home CEO Marcia Reissig, RN. “We both provide care for the most vulnerable patients, facilitating their ability to remain at home longer while reducing emergency room trips and inpatient stays. This is an ideal partnership for bringing the PACE model of elder care to more underserved communities.”
Sutter Health CEO Sarah Krevans and the Sutter Health Board wholly support the partnership as it pairs Sutter Health’s successful 25 year history of PACE with an innovative partner that exemplifies their vision of enabling seniors to live their lives to the fullest with high quality, compassionate care. Unified by this mission of better serving our most vulnerable patients, WelbeHealth and Sutter Health are aligned in their shared commitment to innovating and improving health care delivery.
“Together this partnership will bring much-needed quality and compassionate care to seniors in the Stockton and Modesto areas, building on Sutter Health’s many years of PACE success in California. We look forward to an ongoing dialogue with healthcare providers and other community leaders over the next several months as we prepare to open,” says Si France, MD, WelbeHealth CEO.
PACE makes a major impact on the quality of life for medically frail seniors and is especially important to communities around the U.S. at a time when more than 10,000 baby boomers are aging over 65 each day. The new partnership estimates that several thousand PACE-eligible seniors currently reside in the Stockton-Modesto area.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a value-oriented model of care that combines Medicare and Medicaid into a single flat-rate payment to cover a comprehensive set of health and personal care services. From hospital visits to transportation, PACE programs provide a full range of preventive, primary, acute, and long term care services so that aging seniors—nearly half of whom are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia—can continue living comfortably and safely in the community. Utilizing a coordinated, team-based care model, PACE program are able to serve medically frail seniors who are on average 77 years old, suffering from 15 medical conditions, and impaired in multiple activities of daily living.
The comprehensive set of health care services include:
- Primary care (including doctor & nursing services)
- Hospital care
- Medical specialty services
- Prescription drugs
- Nursing home care
- Emergency services
- Home care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Adult day care
- Recreational therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Social services
- Laboratory/X-ray services
- Social work counseling
WelbeHealth was founded by a group of mission-driven physician entrepreneurs to serve our most vulnerable seniors with high quality, compassionate, and value-based care. From the very beginning, the company was envisioned as a “social enterprise” that pairs the mission-driven focus of a non-profit with the scaling potential and innovative spirit of a Silicon Valley startup. With a diverse and seasoned leadership team from leading payor and provider organizations such as GoHealth, AirStrip, Evolent Health, On Lok, and BAYADA, WelbeHealth aspires to expand a proven national model into our nation’s most underserved communities.
About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals, and other healthcare providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top performing physician organizations, as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics, and advanced patient-safety technology. Sutter Health cares for more than 3 million people each year—nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population.
Part of Sutter Health, Sutter Care At Home operates Sutter SeniorCare, one of the first PACE programs in the country, founded in 1992. SCAH provides a comprehensive suite of home and community based services, including hospice, palliative care, home health, infusion pharmacy, durable medical equipment, and flu vaccination and wellness clinics. SCAH currently serves more than 160,000 patients in 27 counties annually.
For more information on the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, visit: sutterhealth.org | facebook.com/sutterhealth | youtube.com/sutterhealth | twitter.com/sutterhealth.
Si France, MD
Marcia Reissig, RN
Sutter Care at Home, CEO
Sutter Care at Home, Communications