Carol Stanley, the Medicaid Transformation Manager for the NC AHEC Program Office.

Carol Stanley has been named Medicaid Transformation Manager for NC AHEC Practice Support effective July 29, 2019. Carol brings over 25 years of health care quality improvement and project management experience to the program.

“We are highly fortunate to have Carol on our team,” stated Chris Weathington, Director of Practice Support. “She is tremendously respected for her knowledge and skill in Medicaid managed care and quality improvement.  We believe that she will be a tremendous asset to the state of North Carolina in helping healthcare providers with the transformation to Medicaid managed care and value-based based initiatives”.

Carol joins the NC AHEC Program Office from the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University. As their Quality Program Manager, Carol developed infrastructure and processes for clinical pathways and managed a multi-year physician faculty workplace project with measurable results. Previously, Carol led Virginia’s managed care quality collaborative as the Senior Manager for Medicaid Quality at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services. She oversaw the development and implementation of the agency’s first managed care pay for performance program with over a decade of service. Early in her career, Carol also held positions in project and program management with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Virginia Health Quality Center (VHQC).

Of her excitement about joining NC AHEC, Carol shared, “I was drawn toward the enthusiastic and exceptional Practice Support team and their commitment to the provider communities that they serve. I feel exceptionally fortunate to be a member of this team,” she said.

Carol obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Campbell University, where she was the #1 player on the women’s tennis team, and received a Master of Science in Community Health Education from Old Dominion University. She received a Certificate in Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).

“The work we’re doing to support practices during Medicaid Transformation is important and impactful,” added Hugh Tilson, Director of the NC AHEC Program. “Carol’s knowledge, experience, and collaborative approach are perfect to lead that work.”

NC AHEC’s practice support teams ensure that medical practices have the help they need to evolve with the ever-changing healthcare system—from quality improvement to Medicaid transformation. AHEC quality improvement coaches help healthcare practices prepare for new payment models and incentive programs while focusing on patient-centered care. Visit for more information on the work that NC AHEC Practice Support is doing across the state.