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Providence ElderPlace Opens New Center

August 10, 2010

SEATTLE – Providence ElderPlace, a program that provides healthcare and social services for seniors who live in the community, has expanded into West Seattle.

ElderPlace, which already has a center on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in South Seattle, has added a second site at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave. SW.

ElderPlace opened the new facility on April 13 as a response to the growth at its main facility, which has served seniors since 1995.

“We were bursting at the seams,” said Susan Disman, site coordinator of the new center.

The West Seattle site provides easier access to participants who live in the south and west parts of ElderPlace’s service area. ElderPlace, which is part of the national Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), serves most of King County, from Shoreline to Kent and parts of Bellevue and Issaquah. The new site serves West Seattle, the areas of Seattle that are south and west of Interstate 5, and the communities of Des Moines and Sea-Tac.

ElderPlace’s second location is on the second floor of Providence Mount St. Vincent, also known as “The Mount.” The Mount provides skilled nursing, assisted living, short-stay and adult-day programs and an intergenerational child care.

“With the great reputation of Providence Mount St. Vincent in the West Seattle area, it was just a natural fit” to open in that location, said Ellen Garcia, executive director of ElderPlace. “We’re able to tap into the resources of their facilities and staff to better serve our elders in West Seattle.”

Providence ElderPlace West at the Mount operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the same space as The Mount’s adult-day program, which is open on the other three weekdays. The new facility hopes to increase its services, continues to enroll new participants, and is open for additional referrals. Anyone interested in learning more should contact Jenny Kentta at 206-760-6402 or jenny.kentta@providence.org.