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Mike Panasci, RPH

Director of Operations, Northeast Region

Hello! My name is Mike Panasci and I am HealthDirect’s Northeast Region Director of Operations. After earning my pharmacy degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy, I became a Site Director for a large national long-term care pharmacy provider. In this position I gained valuable experience that prepared me to serve at HealthDirect.

When learning about the regional manager position with HealthDirect, I immediately decided to pursue the opportunity. Working for an employee-owned company was really appealing to me. Joining the HealthDirect team was a great decision. Here I’m empowered to make decisions and customize services to help my clients reach their goals through operations and resident care optimization. To say it is rewarding is an understatement.

On a daily basis I get to interact with my team members throughout the organization and with our dedicated care partners. I’m a firm believer in face-to-face communications and conversation. While I often have to communicate by phone, I go out of my way to be face-to-face with our partners and team members when possible. No matter what the method of communication is, I am committed to listening and, more importantly, understanding. It’s my goal to help the whole team do the same.

Recently someone asked me what professional accomplishment I am most proud of. It is not just one. I am all about celebrating the "small" wins; the everyday accomplishments and successes. It is extremely gratifying when my team and I are able to "make life easier" for our partners or make a positive impact in the quality of resident care. I am both proud of and humbled by the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing colleagues and caregivers. It is truly what inspires me on a daily basis!

- Mike

Facts about Mike

What I like to do outside of work

Boating, Snow Boarding, exercising, making home-made gnocchi and chicken riggies, gathering with family and friends. Favorite vacation is always by an ocean. Mowing the lawn, yardwork is very relaxing to me!

Where I call home

Skaneateles, NY

Interesting fact about me

I have seen Neil Diamond in concert 6 times…and counting

Favorite Movie

It’s a Wonderful Life

My interests

Bocce. Cold Play, Beatles, Neil Diamond, Tom Petty. Nothing like Central NY food, Utica Greens, chicken riggies, half-moon cookies, tomato pie

Decade I would have liked to live in and why

The 50’s….so I can buy a convertible corvette at a reasonable price

Top item on my bucket list

Take my wife to Italy, correct it’s her bucket list!
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