PROVIDENCE – CareLink has named Christine Gadbois as CEO, the organization announced this week.
Gadbois, the nonprofit’s second CEO, succeeds Joan Kwiatkowski, who departed CareLink to transition to a role solely as the CEO of PACE Organization of Rhode Island on April 1. Gadbois had served as interim CEO following Kwiatkowski’s departure.
PACE and CareLink used to be one entity, but PACE became an independent entity in 2016.
CareLink is a management-services organization that specializes in the improvement of lives of older adults. PACE operates a health plan to assist older adults to live independently.
“My goal is to integrate CareLink further into the community, to expand our membership and to create programs that fit our members’ changing needs,” Gadbois said in a statement. “We are in a state with a rapidly aging population. Our reimbursement and regulatory environment is trying to keep pace, but we need to stay ahead of it these changes.”
Prior to joining CareLink, Gadbois served two years as general manager of BehaveCare.
“We were impressed with the depth of Chris’ clinical expertise in a wide variety of settings in our community,” said CareLink Chairman of the Board Kevin McKay. “CareLink is a dynamic organization and we are looking to expand our outreach and create new programs to meet the needs of our rapidly aging population here in Rhode Island.”
Gadbois serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at Salve Regina University in the doctoral nursing program, according to CareLink. The organization also noted that Gadbois is president of the Rhode Island Public Health Association and co-chair of the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
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