MLive Reports on HVPACE Building Expansion

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By Kullen Logsdon

klogsdon@mlive.com

YPSILANTI, MI - United Methodist Retirement Communities has broken ground on its $6.6 million addition, which will double the size and capacity of one of its buildings.

Huron Valley PACE Day Health Center, which is located at 2940 Ellsworth Road in Ypsilanti, celebrated the groundbreaking of the addition on Tuesday, March 27, according to a press release.

The project was made possible by a $1 million capital grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc., a Maryland-based group, according to the release.

The United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation granted $500,000. The rest of the money came from bond financing, according to Sara Queiros, marketing and public relations manager. 

Huron Valley PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) serves low-income older adults in southeast Michigan, ages 55 and up, who are eligible for nursing home care.

Through PACE, they are able to live independently in their own homes, according to the release.

"Huron Valley PACE provides such a vital and valuable service to low-income, older adults in this region," said Sonja Love Felton, executive director of PACE, in the release. "As the population of older adults continues to grow, we are so grateful to have this opportunity to expand our day health center to accommodate even more participants."  

(retrieved 3/29/2018 from MLive.com/news/annarbor/index.ssf/2018/03/huron_valley_pace_will_double.html#incart_river_index)

Groundbreaking Celebration with Rep. Debbie Dingell

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On March 27, 2018, Huron Valley PACE celebrated the groundbreaking for a building addition! We are grateful to the Foundation of United Methodist Retirement Communities and the Weinberg family for making this project possible. Special thanks to Rep. Debbie Dingell for speaking at this event and reminding us to make providing quality care for older adults a priority! Thank you to everyone who made this event a great celebration of the PACE mission!

Huron Valley PACE Breaks Ground for a New Addition!

Work has begun on a new addition to the Huron Valley PACE Day Health Center!  The expansion will double the size of the current facility.  Work is scheduled to be mostly completed by December 2018.  Generous donations from the Weinberg Foundation and United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation make the project possible.  We look forward to being able to provide services to more older adults in the Huron Valley PACE service area!

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Huron Valley PACE Welcomes New Executive Director!

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I am very pleased to announce that Sonja Felton has accepted the position of Executive Director of Huron Valley PACE. Sonja joined HVP in 2014 and has held the positions of Medical Social Worker, Medical Social Work Manager and Center Director. She is currently serving as Interim Executive Director.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. As a Patricia Robert Harris Fellow, she received her Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University and later attended the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work as a McGregor Fellow in Geriatric Social Work receiving her Masters in Social Work.

Originally from North Carolina, she and her husband have lived in Michigan the past 15 years with their daughter (a junior at Hope College) and son (a freshman at Brown University). Interestingly, Sonja has a twin sister – Sonia!

When asked her goals for her new position she replied:

"My goal is to lead Huron Valley PACE to new heights of success and ELEVATION. I am excited about the opportunity to expand our organization, become a leader in elder healthcare in our community, become a nationally recognized PACE organization, and also, to provide visionary leadership to the organization."

Please join me in congratulating Sonja on her new position!

Lori Potter, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer                                                         United Methodist Retirement Communities

Huron Valley PACE Fall Open House 2017

 The National PACE Association (NPA) has announced that September is National PACE Month. This will be the first year of what we hope will become an annual event.  The theme of the first National PACE Month will be "PACE: Delivering Independence" to celebrate the role of transportation in the PACE model of care. The ability to provide transportation is unique among long-term care providers. The contributions that drivers make to the PACE interdisciplinary team highlight the central role that the team plays in delivering care and services in PACE.   We hope that National PACE Month will generate more public interest in learning about the benefits of PACE.(npaonline.org)       Come to the Huron Valley PACE Open House for food, tours, and an inside look at PACE transportation!  Need more information?  Call us at 734-572-5777.

The National PACE Association (NPA) has announced that September is National PACE Month. This will be the first year of what we hope will become an annual event.

The theme of the first National PACE Month will be "PACE: Delivering Independence" to celebrate the role of transportation in the PACE model of care. The ability to provide transportation is unique among long-term care providers. The contributions that drivers make to the PACE interdisciplinary team highlight the central role that the team plays in delivering care and services in PACE. 

We hope that National PACE Month will generate more public interest in learning about the benefits of PACE.(npaonline.org)  

Come to the Huron Valley PACE Open House for food, tours, and an inside look at PACE transportation!  Need more information?  Call us at 734-572-5777.