Opening Discussion Topic:
Last year, to help address the growing need for healthcare services for Silicon Valley’s poorest and most fragile seniors, On Lok Lifeways opened its second PACE Center in San Jose, the sixth of their directly operated centers. The new Center is the latest evolution of On Lok’s founders’ vision, 49 years ago, when they opened one of the first adult day health centers in California – and in the country, which evolved into On Lok’s development of the PACE program.
Now with over 130 PACE programs nationally, On Lok’s prototype for an alternative to nursing home care has given over 50,000 frail seniors, mostly dual eligible, a way to live safely in the community, most in their own homes, through a comprehensive range of long-term care services and supports integrated with their medical care.
Our Featured Guest Member Grace Li, CEO of On Lok, will introduce us to the national PACE program, and how On Lok Lifeways serves over 1,600 PACE members in three Bay area counties: San Francisco, Southern Alameda County and Santa Clara County. Since, historically, PACE-eligible seniors are the most expensive to care for, Grace will look forward to the Group’s ideas on how to continue meeting the Government’s strict standards of care, while staying within an ever-tightening budget for this risk-bearing program. So bring your thinking caps!
Since this will also be the first Round Table of the New Year, we’ll also look to hear your top business and personal goals for 2020 – and suggestions from the Group on the best way to achieve them.
Grace Li is CEO of On Lok, the parent organization for a group of non-profit organizations whose collective mission is to develop health care models and provide services that enhance the well-being and dignity of older adults. Grace joined On Lok in 2001, as Director of its PACE program, bringing expertise in orchestrating new site openings, managing implementation of software applications, and overseeing multi-site complex systems and healthcare programs, all honed running the UCSF-Stanford’s Orthopedic Surgery department and as the Administrator of both a Health Center and Assisted Living facility. Little wonder she was named On Lok’s CEO in April 2016.
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