As was announced this spring, Linda Shaw is retiring as the Executive Director of NC PACE Association. Her last day will be July 8th. The Board of Directors has retained Judy Baskins to lead a strategic planning process and to serve as Interim Director until the permanent director is hired.
Judy is a nationally known PACE expert, having founded one of the original PACE demonstration programs and a TAC (PACE Technical Assistance Center) in South Carolina. She was the founding president and chair of the National PACE Association and has held increasingly responsible positions of leadership within one of South Carolina’s largest health systems.
Read on for farewell words from Linda and a summary of her accomplishments as the founding Executive Director of NC PACE Association.
Press Release (March 11, 2019)
NC PACE Association Executive Director To Retire
Cary, NC — Linda Shaw, Executive Director, NC PACE Association (NCPA), has announced her plans to retire during 2019. Linda has agreed to continue in her role until the earlier of the hiring of the new Executive Director or August 31, 2019. “My decision to retire is purely personal. I have enjoyed my role with the Association immensely, but the time has come for me to focus on family and friends,” shared Ms. Shaw.
Hired in 2012, Shaw is the first Executive Director of NCPA and is one of only a handful of full-time state executive directors in the country.
The NC PACE Association has blossomed under Shaw’s leadership. She organized the nation’s first and only statewide PACE conference, which is an annual event started in 2014. The conference is highly regarded and draws attendees from other states throughout the region and country.
Dave Beijer, Chairman, NCPA, indicated, “We appreciate Linda’s contribution to the Association, as well as her flexibility on an actual retirement date as it insures that we have continuity in leadership”. Beijer praises Shaw for being an advocate for state-wide expansion of PACE including the rural areas of NC and for leading efforts to educate health care providers and the general public about PACE.
Shaw garnered a national reputation while serving as the Chair of the National PACE Association’s (NPA) State PACE Association Leadership Council and as an ex-officio member of the NPA Board of Directors.
At the State level, Shaw led advocacy efforts with the Department of Health and Human Services as well as at The General Assembly. Under her leadership, PACE has garnered support for existing programs in North Carolina to expand beyond their current service areas. She also led efforts to establish PACE Month in North Carolina, a tradition now replicated by the National PACE Association.
NCPA represents North Carolina’s eleven Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). These programs serve individuals (“participants”) that are 55 years of age or older, categorized as “nursing home eligible” by the State, reside in an area served by a PACE organization and are able to live safely in the community. Most participants are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. The programs are reimbursed on a fixed per member per month rate (or capitation payment) and, in return for the fixed payments, are responsible for providing all health services.