On Tuesday, Oct. 17, beginning at 10 a.m., Swope Health will host a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the construction of the PACE KC Adult Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art health and wellness facility at 4141 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., 64130.
The PACE KC Adult Wellness Center, located adjacent to the Swope Health Central campus, is the first and only PACE program in Jackson County, serving as the central hub for PACE services.
PACE, an acronym for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, is a national program implemented by 154 organizations across the United States, offering a full range of health and wellness services for people age 55 and older to help them age gracefully in their home communities.
Construction on the $15 million, 34,000-square-foot facility began in May 2022.
The Center has multiple clinical spaces to provide primary care, medical services, and other therapies, as well as a day center, rehabilitation gym, computer lab, library, arts and crafts room, bathing suite, low-stimulation memory care area, outdoor recreation space and meeting rooms. PACE KC anticipates enrolling participants beginning in January of 2024.
“Expanding our mission to provide services that meet the needs of older adults demonstrates our enduring commitment to the community that we have proudly served for more than 50 years,” said Jeron Ravin, J.D., President and CEO of Swope Health.
“As our largest capital investment since the development of the Swope Health Central campus in 1995, the completion of the PACE KC Adult Wellness Center is a historic moment for Swope Health. In addition, we take great pride in saying that, as the first and only PACE program in Jackson County and the second in the state of Missouri, this is a historic moment for our region.”
“The unveiling of the PACE KC Adult Wellness Center marks the culmination of five years of dedicated advocacy, fundraising, and community education,” said Heath Rath, Executive Director for PACE KC. “This milestone brings the gold standard of home and community-based care for older adults, PACE, to Kansas City, Missouri for the first time. The services provided by PACE KC are poised to be a lifeline for individuals aspiring to age gracefully in the homes and communities they love.”
The celebration will begin at 10 a.m., with remarks from Ravin, Rath, and National PACE Association CEO Shawn Bloom at 10:30 a.m. Facility tours will begin at 11 a.m. Parking is available for the event in Swope Health Lot C (3801 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64130).