Noel Christian Pace, Esq., MHA, FACHE is a Healthcare Attorney with the Chapman Law Group in Miami, Florida. His Miami Healthcare Attorney practice focuses on providing compliance, regulatory, AAAHC/Joint Commission accreditation, licensure, governance, financial operations, reimbursement and MACRA, emergency preparedness, environment of care, cyber, and telehealth legal and consultative services to various provider and healthcare entities. Prior to joining Chapman Law Group, he led the complete turn-around of an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) achieving AAAHC full three-year accreditation and Medicare deemed-status while advising two others. He also legally drafted and instituted a multi-state healthcare corporation’s “established patient” transportation policy to operate completely within the new Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) Safe Harbor.
Mr. Pace holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law-Magna Cum Laude where he was President of the Health Law Association, published member of the NSAC Law Review, received Honors in Business Associations and Legal Informatics, and interned with the Honorable Darrin P. Gayles; now a Federal Judge with U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. In addition, Mr. Pace earned Dean’s List honors, received the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement (highest grade “book award”) for his work in the University of Miami School of Law’s Health Rights Clinic, and as a Health Rights Fellow, he was the sole recipient of The Innovative Service in the Public Interest Award.
He is a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) of Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science and holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from Baylor University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver, and a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and former President of the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, Inc. (SFHEF). He has served with the Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General in Washington, D.C., and the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). He is the current Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Military & Veterans Health Law Interest Group and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) International Center for Emergency Management, in partnership with the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Israel.
Mr. Pace is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and just completed an almost two-year tour as the Commander (CEO) of the 411th Hospital Center (240-bed) headquartered in Florida; executing its transformation from the legacy 345th Combat Support Hospital structure, where it now includes two separately-deployable surgical field hospitals featuring computerized tomography (CT), DIN-PACS, Telemedicine, and full-EMR capabilities with almost 800 personnel, plus two additional surgical teams, that are stationed across the states of Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina at five different sites. In summer 2017, he led the deployment, building, and operation of an early-entry 44-bed surgical field hospital with ER, OR, ICU, pharmacy, lab, x-ray, etc. in the high California desert, which then treated over 300 simulated critically-ill patients evacuated in by air and ground and performed over 100 surgeries. In addition to commanding hospitals, he is a U.S. Paratrooper, an Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Special Operations Officer (ASI: S1), and has served in the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, Honduras, Colombia, and Chile leading the provision of medical care. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Medical Badge, and Expert Field Medical Badge, among many other military awards.
Noel is a graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami Program, has completed a couple of Miami Half-Marathons, and enjoys participating in outdoor and water sports, playing golf, and attending community events throughout the “Tri-Village” areas of El Portal, Miami Shores, and Biscayne Park, Florida.
As a board-certified healthcare executive, former community hospital chief operating officer, executive director of a large Miami for-profit ambulatory surgery center (ASC), multiple hospital leader—and now as a healthcare attorney, Mr. Pace understands the complex legal, compliance, accreditation, and business needs of physicians, healthcare professionals, and healthcare entities, which makes him an ideal advocate for his clients.
“The National Security Implications and Potential Solutions for the Unintended Consequences of the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act on Brain-Injured Veterans from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Miami NSAC LR Vol. IV, 2014.