The North Carolina PACE Association E-Newsletter
Special Conference Edition
May 2016
In This Issue
NC PACE Programs
Wilmington, NC
Burlington, NC
Pittsboro, NC
Fayetteville, NC
Greensboro, NC
Newton, NC
Lexington, NC
Charlotte, NC
Durham, NC
Gastonia, NC
StayWell Senior Care
Asheboro, NC
Asheville, NC
Our Vision Statement
The Association serves as the credible voice and leader to advance PACE,
thereby transforming healthcare in North Carolina.
Planning Committee
Cathy Kenzig, Chair
April Barnes
Marsha Fretwell
Amanda Gardner
Meagan Honaker
Adam Hyatt
Chasity Lindsey
Ellen Smith
Crystal Torain

Linda Shaw
Robin Iten Porter
Event Volunteers
Nicole Alm
Jason Barnes
Hope Daub
Brenda Jarman
Vernell Mitchell
Amy Porter
Ursula Robinson
Emily Scearce
Leanne Shurford
David Smith
Dawn Smith
Kelly Valade
Donna Vance
Anne Witt
PACE Partners


Philips Lifeline

Accelerated Care Plus
Alzheimer's Association    of NC
Avada Audiology &          Hearing Care
CJ Medical  Transportation, Inc.
Connect America
Medline Industries, Inc.
National Cooperative  Bank
NC Dept. of Insurance  (SHIIP)
Ongoing Care Solutions
Palmetto Health Senior  Consulting
PCO/PACECare Online
 (RTZ Associates, Inc.)
Physicians Eldercare
Secure Transportation
Unified Alerts
Vital Research

Coming Soon!
More photos from the event coming soon to our conference website

Conference photos compliments of Dawn Smith, StayWell Senior Care.
Setting the PACE at 2016 Statewide Conference
North Carolina PACE Association's third annual statewide conference attracted over 230 participants, 40 speakers and 30 exhibitors.  Setting the PACE 2016: Change | Challenge | Opportunity featured two days of workshops, keynotes addresses, roundtables, networking opportunities and site tours. 
Ellen Smith of PACE of the Triad leads workshop

All played a part in its success, and we can't th ank our speakers, planning committee, volunteers, site hosts, partners, exhibitors and attendees enough!

Special guest speaker  Rick Brajer, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, shared news that PACE expansion was on the horizon, an
d he challenged PACE to continue raising the bar for cost-effective elder care. Coming from Colorado,  Tom Reiter and  Justin Lewis both informed and entertained us with their presentation on applying LEAN principles to PACE.  And NPA Executive Director  Shawn Bloom helped us put our NC situation into a national perspective. Several of these keynote presenters also helped lead some of the 22 workshops available to conferees.

New features this year included site tours to  Senior CommUnity Care in Durham and  Piedmont Health SeniorCare in Pittsboro, as well as networking roundtables to promote peer learning and support. 

This conference was designed to educate, excite and energize attendees to embrace change, face challenge and seize opportunity that confront them every single day in caring for our participants and loved ones. Thanks again to everyone who helped in making it a success!

What Attendees Had to Say
"It's great to be together with NC PACE folks"

"There was a wonderful array of topics and presenters"

"I was able to meet people who do what I do and understand"

"Very organized; great energy"

"Quality of presenter knowledge and experience"

"The variety of sessions and vendors, food, location"
2016 Award Recipients
A highlight of the conference is the annual awards ceremony, where those individuals whose acts reflect dedication to excellence in PACE and their areas of expertise are celebrated.

The quality and number of nominations this year was incredible - a true testament to the outstanding people working in PACE in North Carolina. 

Dr. Marsha Fretwell PACEsetter Award: Ursula Robinson 
PACE of the Triad
Advocate Award:
Tim Clontz
Cone Health
Individual of Merit-Direct Care: Andy Weaver
Individual of Merit-Indirect Care: Erika Squires
LIFE at St. Joseph of the Pines
Erika Squires is presented her award by (from left) NC DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer, Linda Shaw and Aimee Reimann
We Want You!
Have expertise to share? Want to help plan?
We are currently recruiting ideas and people as we plan future conference and educational opportunities. We'd love to hear from you - are you willing to lead a workshop or webinar, or participate in a panel? Would you like to help bring together others from your profession across the state for peer networking? Want to be a part of the planning for the next conference? Let us know!
People Setting the PACE
Raffles and Giveaways
We could not have been more happy with the success of our first basket raffle, and the generosity of our exhibitors for providing door prizes for our attendees.
Program baskets

Congrats to PACE of th e Southern Piedmont and Elderhaus for receiving the most votes, entitling them each to a free conference registration to next year's conference!

Our thanks to the program staff who did an amazing job at showcasing their unique areas of the state: Laura Baker-Seseika (Asheville), Amanda Gardner (Lexington), Adam Hyatt (Wilmington), Taylor Aube (Fayetteville), Emily Jones, AJ Kerley and Jessica McCroan (Newton), April Barnes (Charlotte), Ellen Smith (Greensboro), Kimberley Ladue (Durham), Nicole Alm and Sarah Myers (Gastonia) and Dawn Smith (Asheboro).
Exhibit Hall