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Governor Appoints Cardinal Innovations CEO Pam Shipman to NCIOM Board

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — January 20, 2015
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. Jan. 20, 2015 – Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions President and CEO Pam Shipman to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM), a nonpartisan organization chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to provide balanced information on issues pertaining to the health of North Carolina’s population.

The NCIOM serves in an advisory function at the request of the Governor, the General Assembly and/or agencies of state government, assisting in the formation of public policy on complex and interrelated issues concerning health and healthcare of the people of the state of North Carolina. The agency seeks constructive solutions to statewide problems that impede the improvement of health and efficient and effective delivery of healthcare for all North Carolina citizens, according to the NCIOM website.

The Institute addresses its two-part mission through coordination and sponsorship of research, collection of information on major issues, the analysis of viable options and the development of consensus within the membership of the Institute and the various stakeholders with respect to particular issues on a range of solutions which are in the best interests of the public, according to the institute’s website.

Shipman, who was instrumental in the creation, development and expansion of public managed care in North Carolina, has been with Cardinal Innovations for 26 years and has spent her professional career delivering, administering and managing services for people with disabilities. Cardinal Innovations is a managed care organization that oversees Medicaid and state funding for mental health, intellectual and developmental disability and substance use disorder services for more than 2.4 million people.

Prior to assuming the position of Chief Executive Officer in July 2011, she served as the Chief Operations Officer and the Director of Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services for then-PBH. Before joining PBH in 1987, she served as Program Manager with the North Carolina Developmental Evaluation Center in Concord and earlier was Director of a developmental daycare for Halifax County Mental Health Center. Shipman is sought after throughout the country to discuss the Cardinal Innovations model, and to advise on Medicaid Managed Care and the 1915 (b)(c) waivers. Her expert participation was essential in collaborating with the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance in the original design and implementation of the 1915 (b)(c) Medicaid managed care waivers, which Cardinal Innovations has operated successfully for nearly 10 years. Based on the strength of the achievement of the operation of these waivers, the state of North Carolina established in law the expansion of the waivers statewide using Cardinal Innovations as a standard.

Shipman’s experience will help bring a perspective to North Carolina’s healthcare discussion that continues to move toward an integrated approach to healthcare, combining both the physical and mental health concerns for the benefit of North Carolina citizens’ overall health.

Shipman will fill the unexpired term of Dr. Robert B. McBride, Jr. of OrthoCarolina. Shipman’s term begins immediately and will expire Jan. 1, 2018. Shipman will serve alongside medical doctors, registered nurses, pharmaceutical experts and others from medical schools, universities and hospitals throughout the state as well as others.

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