LifeCircles PACE appoints executive director

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Heidi Gras. Courtesy LifeCircles PACE

A nationwide senior program with a West Michigan presence recently said its interim executive director will fill the position permanently.  

Heidi Gras, former interim executive director of LifeCircles PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) was promoted to the position full-time. Gras has served LifeCircles for over a decade and assumed the interim executive director role after the departure of former Executive Director Luke Reynolds four months ago. 

“The LifeCircles board of directors and I are thrilled that Heidi Gras, LMSW, will lead LifeCircles into the next phase of its growth and development,” said Michael Brecht, president of LifeCircles PACE board of directors. 

“For the past decade, Heidi has shown a deep commitment to the mission of LifeCircles, offering innovative, compassionate care that honors the preferences of older adults. Heidi’s steady leadership, paired with her passion for health care equity and access will continue to be a positive force for good within LifeCircles and throughout West Michigan.”

LifeCircles is a division of PACE, a nationwide health care program for seniors. It is a nonprofit program and is partnered with United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) & Porter Hills, Trinity Health and Senior Resources. LifeCircles provides an in-home alternative to traditional nursing home care. 

“I’m passionate about the profound difference that LifeCircles makes in the lives of those who use our program,” Gras said. “Over the (past) 12 years, I’ve been able to grow through the organization from a social worker to operations and most recently in health plan management.

“What our members want for their quality of life sits at the core of all we do. I’m appreciative that the board of directors, with many years of health care experience between them, have given me their vote of confidence. As health care continues to shift to value-based care, I am thrilled that I will be able to take our common-sense approach to serve older adults in the community as far and wide as I can.”

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