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PACE is a Program of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Centra is proud to offer an exciting new service to the community.  This model of healthcare has been in existence for over 30 years throughout the United States.  The program focus is on prevention, wellness and the belief that it is better for seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. In Virginia, the first PACE Center was opened in 2007.  Centra PACE is the 5th program in Virginia and is located in a newly remodeled building at 407 Federal Street in downtown Lynchburg.

What is PACE?
PACE is a comprehensive program for adults 55 years of age and older who meet the criteria for nursing facility placement, prefer to stay at home and have an assessment indicating that living at home with the support of the PACE program is a safe alternative.

PACE Mission
The Centra PACE mission is to enhance life for older adults with chronic needs by providing compassionate quality care and services.  PACE strives to achieve this mission by empowering participants to live in their homes and in the community for as long as it is medically and socially safe.

About PACE
PACE is a national program of comprehensive care which promotes independence and the highest levels of functioning while allowing choice and dignity for members and their families.

Comprehensive services are delivered by an interdisciplinary team of professionals made up a primary care physician, registered nurses, a masters level social worker, health aides, transportation personnel, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians and recreation/activity personnel.  The team works with participants and their families to develop a tailored plan of care which is monitored closely and updated as needed.

PACE participants can be picked up from their home each morning and brought to the PACE Center.They participate in social activities, eat a hot lunch with friends, and receive medical assistance as needed from a dedicated, compassionate care team.At the end of the day, the PACE van takes the participants back home to enjoy family, friends and the surroundings they know and love.

About our Medical Director
Verna R. Sellers, M.D., is Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  Previously, she served as Medical Director of Sentara Life Care and the PACE program in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Geriatric Society, American Medical Directors Association and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


  • Age 55 or older
  • Qualify for nursing facility level of care in the state of Virginia
  • Able to live safely in the community with the support of PACE
  • Live in the PACE service area which consists of zip codes 24501, 24502, 24503, 24504, 24521, 24522, 24536, 24538, 24550, 24551, 24554, 24556, 24572, 24574, 24588 and 24593. These zip codes encompass parts of Lynchburg City and parts of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell Counties.

Centra PACE provides a range of services twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week, three hundred sixty-five (365) days a year. Primary medical care from doctors, nurses and therapists is provided at the Centra PACE Center Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Other services include:

  • Medical care and transportation to and from specialists
  • Adult day care
  • Hospital care (as needed and coordinated by the PACE interdisciplinary care team)
  • Prescription medicines
  • Vision, hearing, and dental care
  • Rehabilitation and therapy services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Outpatient medical services:lab work, x-rays and other tests will be scheduled for you as needed
  • Mental health care
  • Home care and nutritional services
  • Respite services
  • Support from our interdisciplinary care team
  • 24-hour on-call physician services
  • Meals
  • Personal emergency response
  • Wheelchair-accessible transportation

Participants may be fully liable for the cost of services obtained without the authorization of the PACE Team (except for emergency services).

How do I enroll?
Enrollment is simple.  Please call 434.200.6516 to set up an appointment.  Our PACE team will arrange to meet you at your home to fully explain the program and arrange a visit to the Centra PACE Center.

Centra PACE is a nonprofit program funded through a unique arrangement with Medicaid and Medicare.  If you are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare or Medicaid only, there may be no fee to join the program.  If you are eligible for Medicare only, there is a set monthly fee involved.  If you do not quality for Medicare or Medicaid, private pay options are available to enroll in the PACE program.