CareLink and PACE Organization of RI reach growth milestone

CareLink and PACE Organization of RI reach growth milestone

WOONSOCKET – CareLink, a nonprofit management organization, and PACE Organization of Rhode Island, a health plan that helps older adults live independently in the community and has a location on Social Street, announced in March they have reached new stages of growth that will require changes to the top post of each organization.

Joan Kwiatkowski, who has served as chief executive officer of both companies since their inceptions, will transition to be the full-time CEO of PACE beginning April 1. Dr. Christine Gadbois, who has a long history of leadership in health and human services in R.I., will assume interim leadership duties of Carelink from Kwiatkowski at that time.

CareLink’s partners came together to found and fund PACE-RI in 2004 to help rebalance the long-term care delivery system in the state. Part of the original agreement was that Kwiatkowski would become leader of the new PACE organization, in addition to continuing her CareLink leadership duties. As PACE has grown, it has increasingly needed to pursue its own focused strategy and plan. The company has slowly decoupled itself from CareLink, establishing its own board of directors and most recently, becoming a legally separate entity in December 2016. Despite the change, the relationship between the two not-for-profit organizations remains strong and PACE will continue to be a member of CareLink, along with 36 other entities.