Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

2014 Highlights

The first statewide 2014 North Carolina PACE Association Conference – “Setting the PACE: Addressing the Growing Need of Care for North Carolina’s Frail Elderly” was a great success. We want to thank our participants, speakers, and sponsors – all of whom gave generously of their time, resources, and expertise. Click here to see a complete list of speakers and sponsors.

Ms. Karen McNeil-Miller, President
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
the first plenary session by embracing PACE

Shawn Bloom

Mr. Shawn Bloom, President & CEO,
National PACE Association
lauds NC PACE as national
PACE leader in statewide collaboration & action

“What a great event!  You are to be commended!  Thanks for pulling it together, and we'll definitely come back next year! …” 

Brenda Vatland,
Account Executive,


The Conference took place on March 10 and 11, 2014 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC. Close to 200 professionals, NC PACE program representatives, sponsors and providers from throughout the state attended the conference! We were fortunate to have talented and knowledgeable speakers and workshop leaders to share and inspire with ideas and information, and the event would not have been possible without the support of active, involved sponsors and vendors who work with our PACE programs to provide products and services to benefit PACE clients, facilities and families.

This ground-breaking gathering was North Carolina’s first-ever statewide convening of professionals, providers, advocates, policy-makers and community leaders dedicated to improving and expanding PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) for the benefit of our seniors in need, their families, and the state as a whole. In fact, it was the first statewide conference ever held in the country – a distinction we are proud to hold. With the increasing numbers of frail elderly, the rising cost of providing care to this population and the growing desire of people to age-in-place, there has never been a greater need or a better time to learn about this innovative approach to health care.

Participants mixing in Exhibit Hall

Participants mix and mingle in the Exhibit Hall with colleagues, sponsors, & vendors during conference

“I must say, for a first conference you all did a fabulous job. From a pharmacy side, we had a productive marketing time, and learned from the wonderful speakers. …”

Chris Giaritelli,
United Pharmacy Services,
Vice President Sales and Marketing

It was immediately clear to all in attendance that there is a real hunger, and need, out there for the opportunity to convene, collaborate, listen, learn and grow our PACE program. According to conference participants who completed a short survey, a full 99% of participants said they would attend a similar conference next year! So, in response to “market demand” we've decided to continue the conference on an annual basis.

Once more, North Carolina PACE Association wishes to thank each and every participant who made our inaugural event an important, enjoyable and successful experience.