01/23/2013 (press release: juliefry) // Boston, MA, USA // Julie Fry
Making Care Easier (MCE), a revolutionary application that helps families easily manage the process of caring for an elderly loved one, today announced the appointment of Mary Jane Favazza as chief executive officer and founder. Ms. Favazza brings more than twenty years of relevant industry experience to her new role at Making Care Easier, having previously served in senior roles at Health Dialog, a leading provider of care management, healthcare analytics, and decision support.
“We welcome Mary Jane’s experience and leadership to the Making Care Easier community,” said Julie Fry, founder of MCE. “In her new role as Chief Executive Officer, she will take Making Care Easier to the next level and continue to improve the caregiving experience. Mary Jane’s ability to grow companies in this space combined with her results-oriented approach will help Making Care Easier change the way families are caring for the loved ones.”
“Making Care Easier is at the forefront of social healthcare IT. This new space is critical as our population ages and families are spread apart. A heart attack may be new to your family, but not new to caregivers. Families need frameworks and technology to coordinate care across all those who want to help,” said Furqan Nazeeri, Partner at ExtensionEngine and MCE Advisor.
“There are over 120 million people caring for elderly parents who are spending over $400 billion out-of-pocket to do so. Making Care Easier is changing the way that families connect for caring. Through MCE, we can help families work together to find services and products that make the day-to-day tasks of caring for an elderly loved one more manageable. From ‘What do we do now?’ and ‘How do we do it?’ to easily coordinating tasks with friends and family, MCE is a one-stop resource to help make caregiving easier. We are out to revolutionize an industry one family at a time,” said Ms. Favazza.
Ms. Favazza is experienced in leading and transitioning companies to make them world leaders within their industries. She is a senior healthcare executive with a strong combination of customer relationship and growth capability and a proven track record of operational delivery in high growth, entrepreneurial ventures. Prior to Making Care Easier, Ms. Favazza served as Executive Vice President of Client Operations at Health Dialog, having previous run the business development and client services functions. In her tenure she helped to manage and lead tremendous growth through operational expansion, successful sales and launches of new products and services, and international expansion. In addition she served as part of the transition team following Health Dialog’s acquisition by Bupa, a global leader in healthcare. Prior to Health Dialog, she served as EVP of financial start-up Persumma. She received her MBA at Harvard Business School.
About Making Care Easier (MCE)
Making Care Easier (MCE) is a social healthcare IT company dedicated to improving the way families are caring for their elderly parents. MCE offers family members and professional care providers a one-stop platform for families to coordinate care, find and buy products and services, share information and take action. In the US alone, there are over 43M caring for someone 50+ and over 120M providing unpaid care. With families spread across the world, caring for aging parents has never been more difficult. From finding resources to deal with mom’s recovery from her stroke to coordinating care around dad’s worsening dementia, MCE saves time, provides actionable information and helps families share burden of care. MCE’s unique approach provides tools so that everyone (no matter how far away) can be an active part of caregiving.
Ms. Favazza moves MCE to the next phase after a successful private beta round led by founders Julie Fry, former head of marketing for the National Association of Home Care and Hospice; Renee Fry, former head of New Initiatives at Philips Lighting NA; and John Amaral, former enterprise architect for Retail Convergence (RueLaLa.com, SmartBargains.com) purchased by GSI Commerce. MCE recently was selected as one of the country’s most innovative lifestyle and wellness companies working in the 50+ market and was invited to participate in the AARP/Aging2.0 engAGE pavilion at mHealth—the nation’s largest industry mobile healthcare conference.
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