Harmony Healthcare International Builds Growth Momentum

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Company Adds Four New Key Staff Positions

The addition of these four new staff members strengthens Harmony Healthcare’s commitment to excellence in performance and service,” said Mastrangelo, “and amplifies our company’s leadership role in the healthcare arena.

Harmony Healthcare International, the leader in long term care compliance, reimbursement, operations and denied claims appeal consulting, as well as training and education programs and talent management, announces today the addition of four key staff hires. The company adds two new Vice Presidents, a Business Development Director and a new Regional Consultant underscoring Harmony Healthcare’s commitment to their client base and support of the company’s strategic growth vision and expansion plans.

Philip D. Jean, MBA, CNHA, FACHCA joins Harmony Healthcare as the company’s Vice President of Administrative Operations reporting to Kris Mastrangelo, President and CEO. Jean will serve as key operational liaison and administrator mentor for the company’s post acute care clients and will represent the company as a national speaker on clinical, operational and reimbursement topics. He will also develop and manage strategic partnerships and serve as a regulatory authority for the company and its clients. The company’s Talent Management Division also reports to Jean.

With almost 20 years as an experienced healthcare administrator and accomplished in facility, corporate and hospital-based operations, Jean most recently was Vice President Elder Care Services and Administrator at St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine. He held progressive management positions at North Country Associates; and at the Maine Veterans’ Homes, Augusta and Scarborough, Maine. Jean currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) and the Advancing Excellence Campaign. He also serves as Vice Chair of the nursing home exam item writing committee and as a subject matter expert for the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). Jean is an exam item writer for both ACHCA and NAB. He holds and M.S., Business Administration from Husson College, Bangor, Maine and B.S., Business Administration from University of Maine, Orono.

“Phil brings a true executive business manager’s point of view to Harmony Healthcare. His grounding in the day-to-day challenges faced by healthcare administrators and his solution driven approach to analyzing and creating operational excellence are valuable additions to Harmony’s suite of business consulting products,” said Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA, President and CEO of Harmony Healthcare International.

Jon A. Di Gesu, marketing, communications, public relations and advertising expert joins Harmony Healthcare as the company’s Vice President of Marketing. Di Gesu will help in the company’s branding and positioning efforts as well as develop marketing, promotional and public relations tools to support the company’s growing sales, consultant and client base. Di Gesu will report to Kris Mastrangelo, President and CEO.

Di Gesu brings over 30 years of marketing and communications experience complemented by a strong grounding in both the business-to-business and consumer marketplace. Prior to joining Harmony Healthcare, Di Gesu ran his own marketing consulting business which served a diverse client base in the industrial, manufacturing, financial services, sports and food industries. He also held key executive marketing and communications positions at Osram Sylvania, Danvers, MA; Siemens, Iselin, NJ; Unilever’s National Starch and Chemical Corporation, Bridgewater, NJ, the Chlorine Institute, New York City and the Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ. Di Gesu holds a B.A. English from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT and an Executive MBA from The Consortium of Executive Education, Babson College, Wellesley, MA.

“With his creative approach and wealth of experience, Jon will work at strengthening Harmony Healthcare’s out-bound marketing efforts and continue to build on the company’s already strong in-bound marketing programs,” said Mastrangelo.

Howard Rich is Harmony Healthcare’s newest addition to the sales force. Rich will serve as Business Development Director for the New England states, and will be responsible for sales growth targets in the Southern, Midwestern and Western states. Rich joins Harmony Healthcare after four years as Senior Account Manager at Geriatric Medical Supply, Woburn, MA where the company saw a 24% territory client growth during his employment. He also held sales and marketing positions at Genter Healthcare in Wilmot, NH and Myriad Supply Company in New York City. Rich will report to Mastrangelo. Rich holds a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.

“Howie is a sales powerhouse with the experience and industry knowledge to help our company grow towards success,” said Mastrangelo.

With over 25 years of nursing experience and expertise as a Legal Nurse Consultant, Wendy Strain, RN joins Harmony Healthcare International as a regional consultant serving clients in the southern and western United States. She served as a US Army combat field medic from 1987 to 1989 and held a variety of nursing positions in hospice and rehabilitation becoming Director of Nursing Services at Tishomingo Manor, Iuka, MS from 2005 to 2014. Strain also was a Legal Nurse Consultant with CareAnalytics, Iuka MS. Strain will report to Beckie Dow, Vice President of Field Operations.

“Wendy brings an incredible breadth of experience to Harmony Healthcare,” said Dow, “From her battlefield experience to her hospice and rehab background plus her management and legal background it all adds up to a consultant who understands the diversity of challenges our clients face daily.”

Strain graduated the United States Army Academy of Health Sciences and Northeast Community College. She is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.

“The addition of these four new staff members strengthens Harmony Healthcare’s commitment to excellence in performance and service,” said Mastrangelo, “and amplifies our company’s leadership role in the healthcare arena.”

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About Harmony Healthcare International
Harmony Healthcare International was founded in 2001. With headquarters in Topsfield, MA, Harmony Healthcare International services clients in the skilled nursing, acute care, home health and assisted living markets with operational and compliance consulting, training and educational programs and talent management services. With a staff of accomplished healthcare clinicians who serve as consultants to For-Profit, Not-For-Profit, Standalone and Multi-Facility Chains across the country, Harmony Healthcare International has been ranked among the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. for 3 consecutive years by Inc. Magazine. Harmony Healthcare International, “We care about care.”

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