EveryAge, Carolina SeniorCare Hosts Groundbreaking for New PACE Center

Lee Syria (left), president and CEO of EveryAge, and Thomas Chang (right), senior director of home and community based services, participate in the groundbreaking.

EveryAge and Carolina SeniorCare hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for their New Bern location on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023. The event took place at the cleared and graded site where work has already begun.

Carolina SeniorCare is a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE organization. This provider-based health plan supports participants in getting access to services they need without moving from their home. PACE programs provide comprehensive medical, preventative, and social services. PACE is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

Carolina SeniorCare-East will serve seniors 55 and older who live in a service area defined by designated zip codes. Older adults residing anywhere in Craven, Pamlico, and Jones counties are eligible, along with those living in certain portions of Carteret, Beaufort, Lenoir, and Onslow counties. 

Lee Syria addresses the crowd prior to the groundbreaking ceremony.

Among the services Carolina SeniorCare-East will offer are:

  • Physician care and nursing services
  • Vision and dental care
  • Physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation therapy
  • Prescription drugs and durable medical equipment
  • Preventative services and education
  • Laboratory services and diagnostic testing
  • Recreational activities
  • Nutritional counseling and meals
  • Transportation
  • Home health care and personal care

Carolina SeniorCare-East will join Carolina SeniorCare in Lexington, N.C., and Elderhaus PACE in Wilmington, N.C., as EveryAge’s third PACE organization. Based in Newton, NC, EveryAge is the parent organization of a variety of nonprofit senior living programs, including continuing care retirement communities, PACE organizations, adult day programs, and affordable housing communities. As an industry leader in senior living, EveryAge operates 16 programs serving more than 2,000 older adults in North Carolina and Virginia.

One of these, New Bern Older Adult Housing (or NOAH), is an affordable housing community that EveryAge has operated locally since 2001. Through the expansion of Carolina SeniorCare, EveryAge will be able to provide additional services to older adults in Craven and surrounding counties.

Groundbreaking participants included (from left): David Bone, executive director, Eastern Carolina Council of Government; Kevin Roberts, chamber president; Robert Asher, New Bern alderman; Jeffrey Odham, New Bern mayor; Victor Taylor, Affordable Housing Board; Parker Howell, EveryAge board chair; Lee Syria, EveryAge; Brad Thie, EveryAge board vice-chair; Roger Young, DELCO; and Thomas Chang, EveryAge.

Noting the construction work at Carolina SeniorCare-East, Thomas Chang, EveryAge’s senior director of home and community-based services, said, “For many years, we’ve been attentive to the great need for PACE services in eastern North Carolina, so it’s exciting to have our New Bern center finally be in progress. Not only will it introduce a new model of care to the area, but it will also transform the lives of participants and their families, offering them new opportunities to grow and thrive in the community.”

Aimee Reimann, chief operating officer of EveryAge, agreed. “Since we opened our first PACE program more than 10 years ago, we’ve seen the immense value that it brings to older adults,” she said. “Consolidating care for participants helps ensure that their needs are well coordinated and that we can simplify the myriad appointments and programs they’re attempting to manage. From medical needs to socialization, participants are provided a wealth of services to help them flourish and enjoy greater peace of mind.”

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