Volunteers of America Regional Operations Western Slope of Colorado is pleased to announce the appointment of Cindy (C.J.) Simmers as the new executive director of Senior CommUnity Care Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
The PACE model is centered on the belief that the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs is better served by providing health care and supportive services that enable them to remain living in their home whenever possible.
A resident of the North Fork valley for the past 20 years, Simmers raised cattle and enjoys trail riding. She has a degree in social work and sociology from Suffolk University in Boston. She was previously employed by TherEx, Inc. as director of clinical operations for numerous hospitals throughout the country. Her office will initially be located in the PACE Day Center in Eckert. The PACE Day Center is a physical location where medical and support services are provided to participants in addition to individual and group social activities. There are currently three day center locations on the Western Slope — Montrose, Eckert and a satellite site in Paonia.
"It is truly an honor to have been offered the position as the executive drector of PACE. I look forward to working with the organization's interdisciplinary health care team and our medical provider partners," Simmers said. "The goal for our older adults is to maintain or achieve functional and medical stability in their home environment. I am excited to be a part of an organization that provides such a positive impact, given the current health care challenges and taking into account the future challenges in a rural community such as ours."
"We are looking forward to having Cindy Simmers lead the PACE team," said Craig Ammermann, regional director of operations. "After an extensive nationwide search, it was very clear that her expertise and background in hospital clinical operations and her passion for delivering quality care would inspire the organization and lead us into the next phase of PACE growth in the region."
PACE serves individuals who are age 55 or older, certified by their state to need nursing home care, are able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment, and live in a PACE service area. Delivering all needed medical and supportive services, the program is able to provide the entire continuum of care and services to older adults with chronic care needs while maintaining their independence in their homes for as long as possible.blog comments powered by Disqus