City of Seattle joins AiPACE to help elders age in place

AiPACE team with Mayor Durkan
(From left) Mika Kurose Rothmann, Senior Deputy Mayor Michael Fong, Tagoipah Mathno, Ruthann Kurose, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, Ron Chew, Heidi Wong

The Seattle City Council approved $1 million to construct a new senior care facility on North Beacon Hill. This is a major milestone adding to the $4.5 million state appropriations towards the $20 million goal for Aging in PACE Washington (AiPACE), a joint partnership between International Community Health Services (ICHS) and Kin On Health Care Center (Kin On).

A successful campaign will result in a 25,000-square-foot senior care facility built on the vacant north parking lot of the Pacific Medical Center as part of a larger development to include 262 units of affordable housing and an early childhood center.

“We’re grateful that the city has come on board in helping seniors age with dignity in their community,” said Paul Mar, AiPACE capital campaign co-chair. “Having the option to age at home is something we want for every senior, myself included!”

AiPACE will provide integrated health care to allow seniors to “age in place” while delaying or preventing the need for institutional care. Participants and their caregivers receive easy access to preventive, primary, long-term care, and support services. Studies have shown that participants in this care model report being happier, healthier and more independent than their counterparts in nursing homes.

“As our city continues to address the challenge of affordability, it’s crucial that we make investments that allow our senior neighbors to remain in the communities they’ve known,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “Our elders enhance the vibrancy of our community and help to impart the deep cultural knowledge of our neighborhoods and region. I’m delighted that we can support this vital program.”

The $1 million city award towards creating home and community-based senior services is especially timely as our region faces a crisis in elder care. The latest statistics show that over 19 nursing homes in Washington have either closed or announced closure within the last three years.

“With partnership from public and private funders, AiPACE aims to lead the way in revitalizing elder care for our region and beyond,” commented Martha Choe, AiPACE capital campaign co-chair.

For more information about AiPACE, please contact Heidi Wong at 206.788.3585 or heidiw@aipace.org.

Join a rat race that makes a difference: Registration now open for ICHS Lunar New Year 5K

 

Banner - Lunar New Year 5kJoin a rat race that promotes good health and makes a difference. International Community Health Services (ICHS) today opened registration for its annual Lunar New Year 5k Walk / Run at: www.ichs.com/5k.

This year’s fundraiser takes place along Shoreline’s Interurban Trail on Feb. 23, 2020 in celebration of the Year of the Rat. All proceeds will support health services for community members who could not otherwise afford them. Festivities will include a traditional lion dance for good fortune and firecrackers to chase away evil spirits in honor of the Lunar New Year, the most important Chinese holiday.

“ICHS Foundation looks forward to a great event that brings the community together in support of local families,” said Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation director.

Registration is $35 with an early bird discount price of $30 until Dec. 31. Attendees under 14 or 65 and older can participate for free. Participants will receive a time chip, bib, Lunar New Year 5k tee-shirt and other special giveaways from ICHS and event vendors. Free parking is available at Shoreline City Hall and ICHS Shoreline Clinic.

For more information or to learn how to become an event volunteer, email: foundation@ichs.com

ICHS announces medical and operations leaders

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On left, Rachel Koh, ICHS chief operating officer and on right, Dr. Asqual Getaneh, ICHS chief medical officer.

 

International Community Health Services (ICHS) announces leadership promotions that reflect an up-and-coming generation of community health leaders from within the organization. Dr. Asqual Getaneh, ICHS medical director, is named chief medical officer in charge of all of ICHS medical care. Rachel Koh, vice president of pharmacy and business development, is the new chief operating officer.

“Dr. Asqual Getaneh and Rachel Koh are strong leaders steeped in community health,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS president and CEO. “We are excited that their vision, energy and knowledge will help us sustain patient-centered care that meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve.”

Dr. Getaneh has served as ICHS medical director since 2018. Prior to her position with ICHS, she was a medical director at Unity Health Care, the largest community health system in Washington, D.C. An expert in global health and research to improve health equity among minority populations, Dr. Getaneh was previously an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and practiced internal medicine for more than 20 years for organizations including New York Presbyterian Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Health Research Institute.  

Dr. Getaneh was specifically recruited by Dr. Rayburn Lewis, ICHS chief medical officer, to succeed him. Dr. Lewis will take on a new assignment as medical leader for the ICHS Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a Medicaid/Medicare program to help those who are nursing-home-eligible to age in place with a comprehensive suite of health care, socialization and transportation services.

Since 2018, Koh has overseen the operation of three ICHS pharmacies, including the successful rollout of advanced technology applications and the delivery of services to boost patient access to high quality treatments and medication. Previously, she served as vice president of clinical product strategy for ZeOmega, where she helped develop new product and market strategies. Prior to that, Koh was the associate vice president of pharmacy services for Community Health Plan of Washington. Koh has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical and health care leadership experience.