To My PACE Friends and Family:
Seven years ago, I was debating what – if anything - I wanted to do next in my professional life. I had been an executive director of nonprofits most of my career, and I didn’t really want to do that again. But an ad for a part-time director of a new health association caught my eye. I started reading about PACE and its mission to provide comprehensive health and its focus on low income elderly. I’d never worked in the health arena, but I knew about the “social determinants of health” and about the challenges faced by low income people and about the cost of health care and about the importance of working in coalition, so I applied. And it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
This has been an extremely fulfilling and rewarding job. I am certain I will miss it and all of you. I have never worked with a more dedicated, intelligent, caring, committed and just plain kind group of people in my entire career. While my job was to support you, you have supported me in innumerable ways. I often joked that my primary goal in going back to work was to get health insurance. Well, I achieved that, and so, so much more. But as I close this door, I’m looking forward to the new adventures that await me.
Though I am deeply disappointed that PACE still isn’t widely available throughout the state, I am proud of how far we have come. The process of changing perceptions and policies is long and slow, but the Association is well down the road now. Expansion WILL happen, but it won’t be on my watch. I anticipate that our efforts to secure regulatory relief also will materialize, and I look forward to reading about it in future updates from the Association. Executive Director or not, I will still be a huge PACE advocate!
Thank you all for hiring me, for believing in me, for following me, for supporting me. It has truly been an honor and a privilege.
P.S. Travel is on my retirement agenda, so all of you who said “come see me” – look out!!