** Coming Soon - PACE Month returns in September, 2017! **
Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed September, 2016 as "PACE MONTH" in North Carolina!
Reactions from NC and beyond:
"CONGRATULATIONS, finally some well-deserved recognition!!!!!" - L.R.
"Congrats, great to hear this!" - R.S.
"Congrats!" - C.M.
Watch the PACE program in action in North Carolina and see just how special it is:
"Just watched the video. My heart is full and the tears are running. Thank you for the many blessings that PACE is bringing to the elderly of North Carolina." - E.M.
Programs across the state celebrated PACE with a variety of events throughout the month.
9/1: PACE of the Southern Piedmont kicks off PACE Month in Charlotte.
From left: Linda Shaw, Executive Director of NC PACE Association, Jennifer Roberts, Mayor of Charlotte and Renee Rizzuti, Executive Director of PACE of the Southern Piedmont. Center: Frank Crow, who spoke about his perspective as a program participant. Right: Invited guests, participants, caregivers and staff prepare for the official proclamation of PACE MONTH in Charlotte, to accompany the state proclamation.
9/7: PACE recognizes Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
At a community reception in Durham welcoming their new President Dr. Laura Gerald, NC PACE Association Executive Director Linda Shaw presented Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust with an award recognizing their support of PACE in North Carolina. Read her remarks here.
9/12: NC DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer presents proclamation at PACE of the Triad in Greensboro
From left: Secretary Brajer presents Governor Pat McCrory's proclamation of September as PACE MONTH in North Carolina to Linda Shaw, Executive Director of NC PACE Association. Center: Ursula Robinson, Executive Director of PACE of the Triad, shares remarks and live premieres the PACE Association video before a tour of the center and lunch. Right: Dave Richard, DHHS Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance, Senator Gladys Robinson and Representative Mark Walker. Read Linda's remarks about the video here.
9/12: Durham Mayor Bill Bell visits Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina in Durham
From left: Mayor Bell listens as Karen Oldham, Executive Director of Senior CommUnity Care of NC, reads the PACE MONTH proclamation aloud to the program participants gathered in the day room. Center: Mayor Bell greets a constituent and program participant. Right: Kimberley Ladue, Marketing Manager for Senior CommUnity Care of NC, joins Mayor Bell and Karen Oldham.
9/15: StayWell Senior Care hosts Business After Hours in honor of PACE MONTH in Asheboro
In recognition of PACE MONTH, StayWell Senior Care Executive Director Karen Martin presented local state representatives in attendance with a token of appreciation. Along with invited guests, the staff at StayWell Senior Care gave tours of the center, served refreshments and raffled door prizes. From left: Sam Cranford, Chair, StayWell Senior Care Board of Directors; Karen Martin, Executive Director, StayWell Senior Care; Rep. Pat Hurley; Rep. Allen McNeil; Linda Shaw, Executive Director, NC PACE Association.
9/16: Representative Justin Moore visits PACE of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte
As the Association's Board of Directors gathered in Charlotte for its quarterly statewide meeting, program participants enjoyed the ongoing festivities of PACE MONTH with "Football Friday", wearing their favorite team colors and enjoying a tailgate lunch. Representative Moore joined the board for an introduction to PACE, a screening of the PACE video and a tour of the center by Renee Rizzuti, Executive Director of PACE of the Southern Piedmont.
9/20: LIFE at St. Joseph of the Pines hosts Fall Open House in honor of PACE MONTH in Fayetteville
LIFE at St. Joseph of the Pines welcomed the community, current participants and their families to a fall open house, introducing new Executive Director Deb Bateman, as well as their Medical Director and providers.
9/23: Carolina SeniorCare hosts a Brunch in honor of PACE MONTH in Lexington
Carolina SeniorCare welcomed the community to tour the center and enjoy brunch in celebration of PACE MONTH.
9/26: Growing Better Together: Rural Health and Economic Development
PACE is good for participants and their caregivers, and for local communities. NC PACE Association was an exhibitor at NC Rural Center's 2016 Rural Assembly, which centered around rural health.
9/28: Senator Paul Lowe, Jr. and Representative Jon Hardister visit PACE of the Triad in Greensboro
Sen. Lowe and Rep. Hardister stopped by PACE of the Triad to learn more about PACE programs during September PACE MONTH. Rep. Hardister later said "It was a pleasure to visit @PaceTriad today. They are doing an excellent job serving our community!"
9/28: Piedmont Health and NC PACE community pays tribute to Dr. Jane Hollingsworth
Participants, former and current co-workers, board members and more gathered together at Piedmonth Health SeniorCare in Pittsboro to congratulate Dr. Jane Hollingsworth in her retirement. Dr. Hollingsworth served as Medical Director for one of the first PACE programs in the state, then added a second center, all while serving as a mentor for her own staff and for other PACE programs across the state. In recognition of her achievements, she was the recipient of the first Merit Award for Direct Care from NC PACE Association in 2015. From left: Brian Toomey, CEO of Piedmont Health Services; Lydia Mason, CFO, Piedmont Health Services; Linda Shaw, Executive Director, NC PACE Association and Marianne Ratcliffe, Executive Director, Piedmont Health SeniorCare listen as Dr. Hollingsworth thanks the crowd. Right: Piedmont Health staff present Dr. Hollingsworth with gifts, including a scrapbook of notes from participants.
9/29: Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright Proclaims PACE MONTH at PACE@Home in Newton
From left: After making personal visits with participants in the day room, Mayor Rudy Wright reads aloud the proclamation and then commends the program for its contributions to the community. Right: AJ Kerley, Director of Professional Relations, PACE@Home, Mayor Wright, and Aimee Riemann, Chair, NC PACE Association.
9/29: Senior TLC showcases new Activity and Clinic Expansion to Chamber of Commerce and PACE Friends
After a ribbon cutting to the brand new Activity and Clinic Expansion, featuring a spectacular wrought iron tree supporting the center of the room (pictured at right), Senior TLC welcomed PACE friends and the community to explore the new space and shared video testimonials from PACE participants.
From left: Aimee Reimann, Chair, NC PACE Association and Cathy Kenzig, Executive Director, Senior TLC, share the importance of PACE to the local area and the state. Cathy later announced the staff winners of the naming contest for the new space: "The Garden".
9/30: Elderhaus hits the sweet spot to close PACE MONTH
Elderhaus PACE, the first PACE program in North Carolina, took the honor of closing the month of September as PACE MONTH with an ice-cream social in Wilmington. From left: Representative Holly Grange with Rick Richards, CEO, Elderhaus. Center: Sissy Weisbrook with J.A. Keston Law, PLLC, Adam Hyatt, ADH Program Director, Elderhaus PACE, Brandy Cox with J.A. Keston Law, PLLC and Dr. Midesha Pillay-Stewart, Medical Director, Elderhaus PACE. Right: Rick Richards and Linda Shaw, Executive Director, NC PACE Association.
September through 10/15: "Untold Stories Among Us: A Photo Journey"
Burlington City Council member Kathy Hykes, captivated by portraits and stories of PACE participants at Piedmont Health SeniorCare, collaborated with Star Chang. Community Relations Manager, to bring them to a larger audience in the community. "It's a wonderful program in that it keeps seniors active in the community," Hykes said. The photos, by Pam Green, made such an impact on Hykes and she's hoping that Alamance County residents will take a moment out of their busy lives to sit in the Paramount Theater for a little bit and see the photos and read the stories. "I think it's a really stunning show," Hykes said. "I hope people will take advantage of it." (above: Martha S. Hopkins, 76, has been a participant with Piedmont Health SeniorCare since 2008) Read more from the Burlington Time-News