Summit ElderCare recognized by legislators

December 27, 2010 -- Summit ElderCare®, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) sponsored by Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), last month was recognized by area legislators for the health care services and support the program has provided during the past 15 years to almost 2,000 Worcester County seniors and their families.

At Summit ElderCare’s Caregiver Recognition Event on November 11, 2010, at Mechanics Hall, state Sen. Michael O. Moore and state Rep. James O’Day presented citations to FCHP President and CEO Patrick Hughes and Summit ElderCare Executive Director Karen Longo. Sen. Moore presented a state Senate Resolution signed by state senators Richard T. Moore and Harriette Chandler, Senate President Therese Murray and Clerk of the Senate William Welch. Rep. O’Day presented a proclamation signed by representatives Vincent Pedone, John Binienda, John Fresolo and Robert Spellane. Summit ElderCare also received a Certificate of Special Recognition signed by U.S. Rep. James McGovern. At the event, held as part of National Family Caregivers Month in November, Summit ElderCare staff and participants paid tribute to caregivers for the essential assistance and support they provide to their loved ones.

“As an alternative to nursing home placement, Summit ElderCare is truly a unique program that provides personalized health care and caregiver support focused on the unique needs of older adults,” said Karen J. Longo, Executive Director, Summit ElderCare. “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received over the years from area legislators and honored by their recognition of our 15th anniversary.”

Summit ElderCare, now the largest PACE in New England, is one of six PACE programs in Massachusetts and one of approximately 73 programs nationwide. Summit ElderCare has facilities throughout Central Massachusetts in Charlton, Leominster and two sites in Worcester.

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About Summit ElderCare®
Summit ElderCare is an insurance, medical care and social support program in one convenient package that includes: geriatric case management, home care, medical care prescription drugs and other services, when approved. Summit ElderCare is one of approximately 73 Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in the country, and the only one in Worcester County. Summit ElderCare operates 4 PACE adult day health centers which are located in Worcester, Charlton and Leominster. Since 1995, Summit ElderCare, sponsored by Fallon Community Health Plan, has served the needs of elders and their caregivers with its innovative and personalized approach to care.

About Fallon Community Health Plan
Founded in 1977, Fallon Community Health Plan is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care services organization. From traditional health insurance products available throughout Massachusetts for all populations, to innovative health care programs and services for independent seniors, FCHP supports the diverse and changing needs of all those it serves. FCHP has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is the only health plan in Massachusetts to have been awarded “Excellent” Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products. For more information, visit