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Alexian Brothers PACE Executive Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

May 17, 2019

Viston Taylor, chief executive officer, Alexian Brothers Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was recently presented with a national award from Ascension Living, a mission-driven senior living provider that operates the Chattanooga PACE center. During an annual celebration event in Chicago, IL, Taylor was given the award for his # years of service to the Chattanooga community.

Ascension Living’s newly created Good and Faithful Servant Award recognizes a leader who has achieved a lifetime of service excellence in health care, made considerable contributions to their field of expertise, and embraced his or her career as a true vocation in caring for others.

“Viston, who is a pioneer in the field gerontology and in providing social services to those most in need, is the perfect recipient of this meaningful award,” stated Danny Stricker, chief operating officer, Ascension Living, the parent company of Alexian Brothers PACE. “His hard work and passion for seniors has made a lasting imprint on the Chattanooga community, Ascension Living and the senior care industry.”

Taylor recognized very early in his career the importance of gerontology to the future of health care in the U.S. during his gerontology training at the University of Michigan almost 40 years ago before most medical schools had departments. He was the first gerontologist in the southeast and he started an innovative inpatient geriatric program at Erlanger Hospital –one of the first in the country.

Never afraid to forge new territory, in Viston Taylor became the first Executive Director of the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging, creating a comprehensive plan of social services and programs over 10 counties. He developed the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Southeast Tennessee in 1978. In 1982, he organized the first Alzheimer’s Disease Family Support Group of Chattanooga.

He also planned, marketed, and coordinated the first interdepartmental curriculum in gerontology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1983. In 1989 Mr. Taylor was the first Executive Director of the Southeast Regional Community Health Agency, where he organized and developed a 9-county public agency created by state law to address the health access needs of low-income persons without health insurance. He was also the first chairman of the Hamilton County Regional Health Council appointed by Mayor Claude Ramsey and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging by President Clinton in 1995, and by Governor Bredesen in 2005.

After serving as the leader of Hospice of Chattanooga for eight years, Taylor took on a new challenge in 1998 by opening the first Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Tennessee. PACE participants qualify for skilled nursing (long-term) level of care but remain in the community thanks to the care and services of PACE. PACE participants benefit from a full range of care and community of support, including top notch medical care from physicians and nurse practitioners in the center, home health services and adult day services. As the CEO and President of PACE, has served over 1,600 participants, and created a program seen as a learning lab for many PACE programs across the country.

“Despite his success and the positive financial outcomes, Viston has always only cared about two things – doing what was right for the seniors in his community and hiring the best people to do so,” remarked Stricker. “He believes take care of the patients and the money will take care of itself.” Since Taylor has been at the helm, associate satisfaction, client satisfaction, financial performance, and publicly available quality measures have been stellar. His bold tactics and desire to serve has resulted in Ascension Living’s firm commitment to grow PACE to serve more in need.

“While Viston has held many titles and positions throughout his noteworthy career, his ability to inspire our team to provide mission-driven work to effectively serve 285 of Chattanooga’s most vulnerable citizens over the age of 55 every day is remarkable,” stated Vicki Guertin, Vicki Guertin, site director, Alexian Brothers PACE.

About us:Alexian Brothers Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a healthcare plan that combines Medicare and TennCare benefits for senior adults in Hamilton County with complicated health issues. PACE is designed to help people remain in their own homes and communities with the medical care, day care, and home support they need. Alexian Brothers PACE was started in 1998 and remains the first and only PACE in Tennessee for the past 20 years.

Ascension Living, based in St. Louis and part of Ascension, is a mission-driven senior living provider deeply connected to our Catholic faith that cares for the physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of all individuals we serve. Our Mission calls us to provide spiritually centered, holistic care to seniors, particularly those most in need. We offer a wide range of programs tailored to meet the unique needs of older adults. Regardless of everyone’s stage in life, our goal is to provide seniors with opportunities designed to make their lives joyful, enriching and satisfying. With communities in 11 states and the District of Columbia, our ministries are continually developing and adopting new best practices in care that enhance the experiences of our residents, program participants and patients. Learn more at
Ascension operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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