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Grand Traverse Pavilions Names Sharon Essi PACE Executive Director of PACE North

Traverse City, MI – February 7, 2017 – Grand Traverse Pavilions ( is happy to announce the appointment of Sharon Essi as the Executive Director of PACE North. “We are excited to bring Sharon on board,” says Kory Hansen, Administrator/CEO Grand Traverse Pavilions. “Hiring someone with her level of expertise and experience with PACE in both start-ups and in rural settings is a valuable and important step in bringing PACE, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, to the region.”

As Executive Director of PACE, Sharon will work with the Grand Traverse Pavilions staff and Foundation, along with the newly created PACE North Board of Directors, to reach out to the community for support of PACE. She will be charged with laying the foundation for a successful PACE program including creating operating procedures, developing a provider network, and hiring staff.

Sharon has over twenty years’ experience in long term care, with the last ten years serving as both a CFO and Executive Director in PACE organizations throughout the country in multiple states including in Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Miami University of Ohio and a Certificate in Long Term Care Core of Knowledge from Ohio State University.

 “This is such an exciting time for the Traverse City region,” said Sharon. “PACE has been very successful in many other regions of Michigan. I’m honored to have been selected to work with the team to further develop the program.”


About Grand Traverse Pavilions


Grand Traverse Pavilions is the region’s first and only nonprofit continuum of care. Providing services for more than 300 residents and 100 daily program participants, Grand Traverse Pavilions is a community of caring and innovation primarily for our region’s low-income seniors, with Wellness Center programs for the entire community. Grand Traverse Pavilions is working to bring PACE, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly to the norther Michigan region. A recipient of the Governor’s Quality Care Award, The Pavilions is owned by Grand Traverse County and governed by the Grand Traverse County Department of Human Services Board.





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