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2023 40 Under Forty: Melinda Monasterski

Age: 34 Company: Genesis Healthcare Title: Operational Market President No. of years with current company: 10 Town where I work: West Hartford
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Melinda Monasterski is an operational market president for Genesis Healthcare, responsible for 28 nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

She focuses on attracting talent, team development, removing barriers and team collaboration. With experience in both union and non-union labor environments, she focuses on aligning care quality practices with Medicare and Medicaid Services expectations, utilizing technology to champion center business processes and a constant focus on clinical quality and profitability.

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What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I was instrumental in the structural transformation of the market model, enhancing Genesis’ expertise and movement in operational and clinical needs. I led efforts through partnerships with local government to transition a town into a Dementia Friendly Community. This effort was honored by the Governor for bridging the gap in senior care continuum.

How are you involved in the community?

I have daily involvement in both the healthcare and non-healthcare spectrum, including The Alzheimer’s Association, various women’s leadership groups and partnerships with local hospitals. I lead the Genesis Health Equality and Equity project, which promotes and brings equal representation and opportunities for all groups regardless of psychosocial, race, gender or economic barriers.

What do you like to do outside of work?

When not working, my priority is my three young daughters, my husband, my dogs and chickens. I enjoy reading and have a goal of reading three novels per month. I am currently reading ‘West with Giraffes’ and enjoy family time at the beach and traveling to Michigan to visit family.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Succeeded in increasing profitability, health equality and employee retention.

• Recipient of the Friends of Education Award for partnership with school districts to create career ladders for high school students.

• Represented one of the first facilities to create specialized care for COVID-19 patients.

• Humanizing health care through compassion, drive and willingness to listen and walk in others’ shoes. Humbled to have gone through COVID, allowing us to see the importance of health care and the lives we impact.

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