July 25, 2024

Partners Health Management, a local management entity/managed care organization that oversees public funding for behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities services in 15 North Carolina counties including Burke, announced Partners’ Chief Administrative Officer Rachel Porter will assume the role of deputy chief executive officer on Aug. 1.



Porter brings over 25 years of experience in both public and private health care sectors to her new role as deputy CEO for Partners.

Since joining Partners in May 2018, Porter has led the organization’s communication and engagement strategy, with a special focus on fostering close connections with members, providers and community stakeholders, a news release from Partners Health Management said.

“I am profoundly grateful to assume the role of Deputy CEO at Partners, where it is truly a gift to serve our members, families, providers and stakeholders every day,” Porter said. “My years in the LME/MCO system have deepened my understanding of our members’ diverse and unique needs, and I believe North Carolina’s distinctive public system of behavioral health, I/DD and TBI managed care is the very best approach to deliver essential services and supports to members and families within their communities. Committed to Partners’ mission, I look forward to working hand-in-hand with our CEO and our extraordinary team to shape our system so that it best serves the interests of our members and communities.”

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Incoming CEO Libby McCraw praised Porter’s career in the North Carolina Public System.

“Partners is fortunate to have Rachel Porter on the leadership team, and in this expanded role, Rachel will have the opportunity to use her knowledge and passion of the public behavioral health system to further our mission of Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities,” McCraw said.

McCraw will succeed Rhett Melton as CEO upon his retirement on July 31.

“I am excited for Rachel and for Partners in her serving in this role going forward,” Melton said. “Rachel has vast experience in the NC model and a distinguished career of commitment and service to our members and their families. This move will strengthen Partners in our mission of improving lives and strengthening communities.”

Porter is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was raised in Chapel Hill and brings a deep-rooted understanding of local communities to her work. Currently living in Concord, she treasures quality time spent with her family and counts basketball season as her favorite time of the year.


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