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Christa Coats pegged as PACE nurse manager

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Christa Coats

Senior CommUnity Care, Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Christa Coats as the new nurse manager of Senior CommUnity Care's Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Coats earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Mesa University and her master's of science in nursing from Walden University. She began her nursing career on the tele-metry floor at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction where she worked as a floor nurse then charge nurse for eight years. She has also held the position of LPN program director for Colorado Mesa University and LPN and CNA program director for Delta-Montrose Technical College. Coats has been employed as a nurse with Volunteers of America since 2013 and was promoted to nurse manager in October.

Coats said she chose to apply for the management position because she enjoys being in a leadership role. "I saw the opportunity to grow within an organization that I believe is the future of health care in western Colorado," she said.

Her goal for the program's nursing department is to build on the diverse skills present and create a solid team.

Coats said, "I believe we have some of the best nurses that I have ever had the opportunity to work with. They are all incredibly smart and very proficient in their individual nursing practices. My goal is to unite them as a team. One of my favorite nursing quotes is 'no nurse is an island.' I believe VOA nursing can only grow and improve through unity of the fabulous nurses we have."

Coats is a Colorado native who grew up in Paonia and is now living in Hotchkiss and believes big things are in store for this part of the state.

"Western Colorado is developing some 'big town' ideas in our small communities such as the healthcare model of PACE and the Montrose Makerspace," she said. "I feel that nobody in this area should believe they can't do something, because with a little creative thinking, anything is possible around here."

Coats enjoys taking part in numerous outdoors activities, especially snowmobiling and riding horses with her husband and four boys.

The PACE model is centered on the belief that the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs is better served by providing health care and supportive services that enable them to remain living in their home whenever possible. There are three PACE day center locations (Montrose, Eckert and Paonia). The PACE Day Center is a physical location where medical and support services are provided to participants in addition to individual and group social activities.

PACE serves individuals who are age 55 or older, certified by their state to need nursing home care, are able to live safely in the community at the time of enrollment, and live in a PACE service area. For more information about Senior CommUnity Care, visit www.seniorcommunitycare.org.

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