Geriatric Medicine Opportunity
- Position Type
Saint Joseph PACE has an excellent full time employment opportunity for Board Certified or Board Eligible Family Medicine or Internal Medicine physician who possess experience in Geriatric Medicine to join a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) located in Mishawaka, Indiana.
The selected provider will report to the Medical Director with administrative supervision of this opportunity overseen by the Executive Director. The physician will provide primary medical care to Saint Joseph PACE participants, including assessment, developing a plan of care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, provision of direct participant medical care, and evaluation of effectiveness of the plan of care. They must function in a collegial relationship with the other health care professionals, making independent decisions regarding medical needs and health regimens while carrying out medical procedures as indicated.
Preference will be shown to experienced candidates who possess an Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine; however, candidates who possess experience working with frail or elderly population are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be Board Certified or Board eligible in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine, be eligible to practice medicine in the State of Indiana and possess DEA registration. Additional requirements include a minimum of one year of documented experience working with a frail or elderly population, an interest in frail older adults and knowledge of their physical, mental, and social needs. The physician must possess effective skills in physical assessment and chronic disease management for frail older adults and the desire to work in a creative alternate health care setting while managing changing priorities according to participant needs.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. PACE serves individuals who are aged 55 or older, certified by their state to need nursing home care, able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment and live in a PACE service area. While all PACE participants must be certified to need nursing home care to enroll in PACE, only about 7 percent of PACE participants nationally reside in a nursing home. If a PACE enrollee needs nursing home care, the PACE program pays for it and continues to coordinate the enrollee's care. We encourage fellowship and independence while serving seniors and their families with dignity and respect. Delivering all needed medical and supportive services, PACE is able to provide the entire continuum of care and services to seniors with chronic needs while maintaining their independence in their home for as long as possible.
This is an exciting opportunity for the right Geriatric Medicine physician to be part of Saint Joseph Health System.
Saint Joseph PACE provides a competitive compensation and benefit package that complements this opportunity for personal growth and professional advancement.
ABOUT THE FACILITY
Saint Joseph PACE Center offers coordinated clinical and rehabilitative services. It also allows participants to visit, socialize, make new friends and build meaningful relationships with doctors, nurses and other program participants. Transportation to and from the PACE Center is provided for participants. At the Saint Joseph PACE Center participants receive physician and nursing care, physical, occupational and recreational therapies, lights snacks and a hot lunch, nutritional counseling, social worker services and personal care. Medical care is provided by a PACE doctor familiar with the history, needs and preferences of each participant. Care and services.
Trinity Health PACE is the largest provider of PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) services in the country with 13 PACE Organizations operating in nine states. PACE is designed to provide the entire continuum of care and services to frail seniors, helping them to maintain their independence in their home and community for as long as possible
Trinity Health PACE organizations are nationally recognized providing comprehensive medical, health, recreational, and social services designed specifically for each participant in an effort to promote independence at home.
To receive PACE services individuals must meet the following conditions:
- Be at least 55 years old
- Live is the PACE service area
- Be able to live safely in the community with assistance
- Meet the state's nursing facility level of care
PACE Organization's use an interdisciplinary team approach to provide all health, medical and social services necessary to restore and preserve the participant's level of well-being. IDT's are composed of a primary care physician, nurse, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, recreational therapist or activity coordinator, dietitian, PACE center supervisor, home care liaison, health workers/aids, or their representatives, and drivers or their representatives.
IDT evaluates the needs of each individual and develops an individualized plan of care (POC) consistent with the participant's goals and needs. During a center visit, participants may be seen in the clinic for a medical evaluation, the gym for PT or OT exercises, and participate in the recreational activities of the day. They receive a light breakfast and a full lunch while in the center. The fleet of transportation vehicles are available to transport to the center, to home or to any external provider visits. Depending on the situation, a participant may have home care aides, home nursing visits or a house call from their Primary Care Provider. All services are focused on maintaining the participant in the community and as independent as possible.
Trinity Health PACE is a member of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic Health System in the nation. Trinity Health is based in Livonia, Michigan.