Edna Mark joined the Piedmont Health Services Board of Directors after four decades in health care. As a child, Edna received medical care at the Union Ridge Community Health Center in Alamance County, which was later renamed the Scott Community Health Center for her family doctor Floyd Scott.

She was inspired by Dr. Scott to pursue a career in health care, which began on the staff of the Piedmont Health Services community clinics in Carrboro and Prospect Hill and finished with the SeniorCare PACE centers serving Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Caswell, Chatham and Orange Counties.

Edna says one of the best features of the two SeniorCare Pace Centers is at-home visits by providers to participants who cannot make it to the Burlington and Pittsboro locations. Edna’s background and expertise, as well as her gracious and constant positive attitude, is an inspiration to the Piedmont Health Services Board of Directors, with whom she has served since January 2019, also serving  as Chair of the Board Development Committee.

After being recruited to work in Detroit, Edna came home to a management position with UNC Healthcare for 30 years. She was then asked to help open the first PHS SeniorCare (PACE) Center in Burlington; Edna began as a volunteer and wound up serving full-time for eight years.

Edna calls the PACE Senior-Care program one of the best in the country and gives much of the credit to Founder and CEO Brian Toomey, who she says has to be one of the top health care executives in the country — mainly because he is so beloved by the participants, with whom he visits regularly.

Edna takes special pride in helping, and sometimes coaxing, reluctant participants to enroll and get comfortable with the PACE program. She loves to tell the story of one man who required her best efforts before he became one of the most popular and helpful seniors at the Burlington PACE SenorCenter.

“Reflections” is a recurring series on Chapelboro.com sponsored by Piedmont Health Services that will highlight local healthcare professionals striving with purpose and passion to keep our community happy, healthy and thriving.