Our History

Between the PACE model and McGregor PACE, there is a long history of care. Find out about the PACE model and the history of McGregor PACE below.

What is the PACE model?

The PACE model of care for the elderly was created based off of an earlier model of care that can be traced back to the early 1970s. This earlier model was created due to the needs of families in the Chinatown-North Beach community of San Francisco. Some of the families living in this area needed long-term care for their elders who had immigrated to the United States from China, Italy, and the Philippines. Seeing this need, public health dentist Dr. William L. Gee lead a committee that hired Marie-Louise Ansak who was tasked with finding a solution to the problem the affected many families. Gee and Ansak, along with the help of other community leaders, decided to form a nonprofit corporation called On Lok (Cantonese for “peaceful, happy abode”) Senior Health Services. On Lok Senior Health Services provided a community-based care system that would later become the premise for today’s PACE program. In the following years, On Lok would grow and continue to receive funding. And, in the 1990s, the On Lok model was used to create the PACE program that we know today.

What is the history of McGregor PACE?

McGregor traces its roots to the Home for Aged Women, one of Cleveland’s first private nursing homes, built in 1877 by railroad tycoon Amasa Stone and his wife Julia. In 1930, Stone’s son-in-law, philanthropist Samuel Mather, dedicated the new Amasa Stone House to replace the original. It served the inner-city Glenville community for nearly 75 years.

Meanwhile, in 1904, Tootie McGregor built the first A.M. McGregor Home in East Cleveland to honor her late husband, Ambrose, a close associate of John D. Rockefeller. In 1987, the Amasa Stone and McGregor organizations merged to form The A.M. McGregor Home. Eventually, operations were consolidated to McGregor’s 32-acre campus of woods and meadow overlooking East Cleveland and Lake Erie.

In 1999, The McGregor board began a strategic redirection of the organization that has included expanded direct care operations, independent housing, and grant making. In addition, the Board established The A.M. McGregor Group to provide administrative services and strategic oversight to the various McGregor entities.

In 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Ohio Department of Aging chose The A.M. McGregor Group to manage the local Program of the All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

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