For Immediate Release:  September 29, 2017

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly

opens in Atlantic City


AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, has opened a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). PACE integrates preventive, primary, acute, rehabilitation and long-term care services with the goal of providing care timely and in the most appropriate setting. The program is designed to offer all-inclusive care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are no benefit limitations, co-pays, or deductibles for those who are dually eligible through Medicare and Medicaid who use PACE services. As a PACE organization, AtlantiCare serves as provider and insurer for participants.

“We are pleased to offer this new, innovative service that will make a difference and change people’s lives,” said Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare at staff reception marking the opening of the program. “Our team will wrap its arms around all participants to help them have the most productive, satisfying experiences in the twilight of their lives.”

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Lori Herndon, president and CEO, AtlantiCare, thanks AtlantiCare LIFE Connection team during a staff reception marking the opening of the program.

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection (Living Independently for the Elderly) is based in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City. The 7,000 square foot facility includes an activities area, serving kitchen, dining room, quiet lounge, primary care clinic with three exam rooms, personal care area, and outdoor courtyard. Through AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program, the site features than 30 pieces of New Jersey artists’ work depicting landmarks in Atlantic City and surrounding areas.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is 24/7 access to healthcare services and support. It is designed for those individuals who have long-term care needs and who wish to remain in their communities.

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection is available to those individuals living in Atlantic or Cape May counties and who are at least 55-years of age. Applicants must also be deemed eligible for nursing facility level of care, and be able to live safely in the community with PACE services.

“We refer to those who use this service as participants rather than patients, because we partner with them in their home setting and through our Day Center.” said Richard Stefanacci, D.O., medical director of AtlantiCare’s Post-Acute Services and LIFE Connection.

The AtlantiCare LIFE Connection team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, drivers, personal care attendants, and other providers and staff.  “Core team members will meet weekday mornings at the Day Center to discuss the care needs of all participants,” said Stefanacci.


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Cutting the ribbon at the AtlantiCare LIFE Connection Day Center, left to right, are Michael Charlton, chairman, AtlantiCare Board of Trustees; Terri Schieder, vice president, Business Development and Clinical Integration, AtlantiCare; John Kasper, D.O., chairman, AtlantiCare Health Solutions Board; Alex Casiano, executive director, AtlantiCare LIFE Connection; Paul Sullivan, PACE Program manager, New Jersey Department of Human Services; Richard Stefanacci, D.O., medical director, AtlantiCare LIFE Connection; and Lori Herndon, president CEO, AtlantiCare.


“Our team works with each participant and his or her family and caregivers to create a personalized care plan, said Alex Casiano, executive director for LIFE Connection. “We want these individuals to truly participate in their health and wellness. We coordinate and provide all health care and support services, including medication and/or other therapy for a chronic or episodic condition. We also assist with activities of daily living so the participant can continue to live safely at home.” Casiano added all services must be pre-approved by the LIFE Connection interdisciplinary team.

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Above are members of the AtlantiCare LIFE Connection Team stand outside and in the van the team will use to transport LIFE Connection participatns.

Below is David Willard, program transportation manager.

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Giovanni Avelluto, D.O., AtlantiCare Physician Group, will be on site at AtlantiCare’s LIFE Connection Day Center at the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, Atlantic City.

AtlantiCare LIFE Connection is the sixth PACE program to open in New Jersey and the only one to serve Atlantic and Cape May counties. It is a member of the National PACE Association.

For more information about PACE, visit the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services website.

The project team included:

  • SOSH Architects, Atlantic City
  • P. Agnes, Inc., Philadelphia.

For more information about AtlantiCare LIFE Connection call 609-527-8588, visit www.atlanticare.org, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or find AtlantiCare on Facebook.




AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.


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Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 


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