New Nursing Home Alternative Available for Media Tours

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The new Blue Ridge Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center will offer comprehensive care to approximately 175 older adults.

The new Blue Ridge Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center, which will offer comprehensive care to approximately 175 older adults that will enable them to remain in their homes and communities, will host media tours Monday, Nov. 25.

The building includes an adult day care center, memory care dayroom, physical and speech therapy rooms, bathing facilities, library, pharmacy, full-service kitchen, exam rooms and more.

PACE serves those aged 55 and older who meet Virginia’s criteria for nursing home admission. The federally authorized program is funded primarily by Medicare and Medicaid, although those without Medicaid coverage are able to join for a fee.

Blue Ridge PACE is a joint venture of Riverside Health System, University of Virginia Health System and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA). Blue Ridge PACE will serve the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson once it receives formal approval to commence operations by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Once complete, it will join approximately 90 PACE organizations serving more than 30,000 participants nationwide. For more information on PACE nationally, visit

Construction of the Blue Ridge PACE Center has generated an estimated $3 Million in local construction work. Once it reaches capacity Blue Ridge PACE will employ an estimated 100 staff members.

When: 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25

Where: 1335 Carlton Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Media opportunities:

  •     Get video and photos of the Blue Ridge PACE Center
  •     Interview Blue Ridge PACE leaders and Board Members

About the Blue Ridge PACE Partners:

Founded in 1915, Riverside Health System has evolved from a small hospital in Newport News, Virginia, into one of the most progressive and diversified nonprofit healthcare organizations in the nation. A voluntary Board of Trustees governs each major division or facility within this system that now serves over 700,000 individuals across southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and employs more than 9,000 team members. Riverside currently operates five PACE Centers in Virginia.

UVA Health System is an academic health system that includes a 604-bed hospital, the UVA School of Medicine, a level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia. UVA is recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors.

JABA (the Jefferson Area Board for Aging) is the Area Agency on Aging serving the city of Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. JABA cares about all aspects of senior and intergenerational well-being. The nonprofit organization works to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.

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