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Five questions with Gary Pederson on life plan communities

I sat down with Gary Pederson, to learn more about his thoughts on life plan communities. Read on to hear his opinion on this sector and why he thinks technology can positively impact the future of healthcare.

1. Why did you take this position?

I am very excited about my role for many reasons. For one, I believe our aging citizens deserve to receive the highest level of care possible. This comes easy when life plan communities have access to integrated technologies. Secondly, MatrixCare is the leader in the post-acute community. Not only that, but we have a strong appetite for making the investments needed to develop, deliver, and support providers across the care spectrum. Lastly, I’ve been fortunate to play many roles in healthcare technology and this opportunity aligns perfectly with that experience.

2. What is your proudest career achievement?

Over the years, I have been on teams that have delivered many multi-million dollar contracts. I’ve been apart of dozens of partnerships with healthcare clients across the country. However, my proudest career achievement is the number of professionals that have become successful contributors in this business with the help of my mentorship.

3. How do you see the LTPAC (or LPC) industry changing?

Quality measures tied to reimbursements or penalties will continue to drive innovation. So, this innovation will be focused on care coordination, therapeutic accountability, patient and family engagement, wellness planning, and community-based care. As such, companies that can deliver in these areas will have the most impact in improving the lives of seniors.

4. What role does technology play in the future?

While today’s seniors are not necessarily versed in all things technology, chances are high that their children and grandchildren are. As systems are deployed to deliver more resident-specific care-planning, the families will be connected more than ever. This will ensure that grandpa and grandma are receiving the appropriate clinical attention, and are playing an active role in their own health.

5. If you did not have a career in technology, what would you be doing?

Likely a very poor, homeless singer-songwriter. Because I played the guitar for several years as a youngster and later developed a knack for writing poems. One day, I’d like to find a musical collaborator and produce a song that my kids can enjoy.

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Linda Donev
Linda Donev

Linda Donev started her career in home care with Kelly Assisted Living Services in 1985. She transformed an under-performing location in South Florida into one of the most profitable in the country. Linda served as Regional Manager at Kelly Assisted Living Services and was responsible for 22 offices. In 1988, she started FirstChoice Health Care Services and with her partners grew that business to $12 million in annual revenues before its sale in 1994. Over the next few years, she consulted for start-up and growing home care businesses. Linda joined Stratis Business Systems in 1999 which designed, marketed, and supported home care software solutions. Linda became Vice President of Home Care Solutions when Stratis joined the MatrixCare family in 2015. Linda earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Florida Atlantic University.

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