The North Carolina PACE Association E-Newsletter
In this Issue: Telling the PACE Story
July 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.
We Want to Hear From You
If you haven't had a chance to take our conference and other educational opportunities survey, please do so. 

It will only take a couple of minutes, we promise! Your feedback is invaluable.  Survey Link
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Other Resources
We're always updating our calendar of events with opportunities that we think are of interest to the NC PACE community. Feel free to send us yours! 

We also post job listings .
Emergency Planning
Ah, summer: hurricane season, excessive heat, thunderstorms, lightning and flooding.

Two resources for people and families to prepare for disasters are the  FEMA mobile app  and the  Ready NC all-in-one emergency preparedness 
app. 

NPA's learning series on Sept. 15th will focus on PACE emergency operations .
Spreading the Word about PACE
NC PACE Association's newly revamped table display
If you are reading this, you probably already know that PACE provides comprehensive health care and services that allow individuals 55 years and older who qualify for nursing facility level of care to remain in the community with their friends and family. But lots of people don't know this, and they don't have access to PACE where they live.
 
That's why the NC PACE Association works diligently to make PACE available across the state, while we also focus on educating and building awareness for our current programs. We know that PACE provides better care, an improved quality of life and is cost-effective.
 
Over the past couple of months, Executive Director  Linda Shaw has presented professional development workshops for the state's o ptions counselors, t ransitions coordinators, a ging ombudsmen and  the NC Seniors Health Insurance Information program (SHIIP).  She is also sharing information about PACE at the legislatively mandated Dual Eligibles Advisory Committee, which is assisting NC DHHS as it develops a long-term strategy to cover dual eligibles under Medicaid reform.

 

As a result, we're already seeing an uptick in calls mentioning they were referred by one of these agencies! 
September is PACE Month in NC
As part of our efforts to build grassroots support and awareness of PACE across the state, t he NC PACE Association's Board of Directors voted at its June 24th meeting to establish September as "PACE Month" in NC. 

Activities will take place across the state throughout the month. Each program will have its own unique event or series of events recognizing the month's designation.  We'll also be premiering a brand new video project, highlighting the importance of PACE to participants and their caregivers.  Stay tuned as we build out our month-long celebration!
PACE in the News
PACE of the Triad Celebrates 5th Anniversary

From left:  Rudy Olivo  of  US Representative Mark Walker' s staff and  Mike Fenley  of  US Senator Richard Burr 's staff;  Nedra Baldwin  and  Triad staff  present Executive Director  Ursula Robinson  with flowers;  US Representative Alma Adams spea ks.
Where LIFE Happens
The Diocese of Raleigh's  NC Catholics magazine  featured LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines as their June cover story. The wife of Hipolito Rivas (pictured here on the cover) told the magazine  "He says it's like heaven  here. He does exercise and  is happier."  Read the full article
First VA PACE Program is 20!
NC PACE Association member Sentara PACE celebrates 20 years of service to Virginia participants and families. 

From left Bruce Robertson
president of Sentara Life Care, presents a plaque of appreciation to Dolsialeen Edmonds, president of the PACE Participant Council.
People Setting the PACE
"A transition miracle had taken place ... and Arden truly believes PACE was a lifesaver for her and her family."  Arden learned to walk again and moved to her own apartment through PACE of the Southern Piedmont.
Participant Stories

PACE programs across the state make a tremendous impact on participants, their families and caregivers every day. Hearing from them in their own words reminds us of why we do what we do and what an amazing program PACE is. 

We've started a collection of participant and caregiver stories on our website. Some we've featured in previous newsletters; new this month are  Arden Shaffer's  and  Beth James'  stories.
Our Thanks

This month, NC PACE Association said goodbye to Nancy Francis. Nancy, a gerontology master's candidate at UNC-Wilmington, conducted detailed research comparing the costs and services of PACE and other Medicaid programs. You'll be seeing a lot more of her work soon. Thank you, Nancy!
Kudos and Congratulations!

Piedmont Health ServicesLydia Mason received the  2016 Triangle Business Journal's CFO Award (Large Nonprofit) . The CFO Awards honor outstanding financial executives who exemplify excellence as corporate financial stewards. 

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