CONCORD, CA (Nov. 21, 2022) — A delegation of Ukrainian health-care administrators toured PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Concord on Nov. 10 as part of their 10-day U.S. tour of medical facilities.
PACE center director Emily Hoshida led the tour for doctors and administrators, along with Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) chief medical officer Jim Mittelberger and director of government affairs Uche Uwahemu. Part of the discussion focused on the future of senior health care and the challenges the industry faces meeting the needs of the growing elderly population.
“We often talk in the United States about our aging population, but it’s an issue that is being addressed globally,” Mittelberger said. “Across the world, people are exploring best practices to provide the care needs for frail elders”
The Rotary Club of Concord organized the local portion of the tour as part of its Open World Program. The federally funded and supported program is part of efforts to bring leaders from Eurasia to the United States to engage with their professional counterparts. The focus of the 2022 delegation is health-care administration.
Bay area tour
PACE Concord was the last stop of the day, which included visits to Stanford Medical Center, San Francisco General and the John Muir Health Care System. The delegates were also scheduled to visit Sacramento, where they planned to tour the State Capitol and meet with local Assembly members.
The PACE Concord visit concluded with a short discussion about the success of the PACE model of care and how CEI serves senior participants in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
PACE offer day-care services and in-home health care. Qualifying seniors get transportation to and from centers one or more days per week, receive meals, and participate in activities. They can also receive medical and rehabilitative care. CEI has been a PACE provider for the past 40 years.