Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) Executive Director Bruce Steadman and other local officials were among those in attendance on October 15 as Beacon of Life – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) held the grand opening of its new location on Fort Monmouth. PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid program that provides elderly citizens the option to meet their health care needs in their community instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility. Beacon of Life is the first PACE facility in Monmouth County, and will serve eligible participants in the surrounding service area.
Beacon of Life leases space at AcuteCare Health Systems’ 98,000 square-foot medical facility, located on the 16-acre former Patterson Army Health Clinic parcel on Main Street in the Oceanport section of the Fort. FMERA and AcuteCare closed on the property in March 2014. Since the closing, AcuteCare has undertaken a multi-million dollar renovation to reuse the former Clinic as a state-of-the-art healthcare facility to improve access to health and wellness services for the region, with plans to create up to 200 new jobs.
“The opening of the PACE facility marks a significant milestone in the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth,” Director of Real Estate Development Dave Nuse said. “AcuteCare’s presence on Fort Monmouth will provide a double benefit to the region. It will give residents in Oceanport and the surrounding towns access to needed health-care and medical services, while bringing jobs to the area.”