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HMC Names Michael Ipekdjian Director of Transitional Care, Case Management

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center has appointed Michael Ipekdjian R.N., BSN as the hospital’s director of Transitional Care/Case Management.

With vast experience in nursing and case management in the community hospital setting, Ipekdjian will lead HMC’s transitional care and case management programs. In this role, he will oversee the hospital’s registered nurses and social workers, and communicate with internal and external partners to improve case management and care coordination.

“Mike brings the leadership and vision necessary to help HMC achieve the highest levels of patient care,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems Inc. “We are confident in his ability to leverage his case management experience to ensure that patients can access a full scope of community services across the continuum.”

Said Ipekdjian, “Joining HMC is a tremendous professional opportunity. I look forward to working with a highly committed team of colleagues to ensure that patients can access complete, comprehensive healthcare, and the important community resources that contribute to quality healthcare.”

Most recently, Ipekdjian served as case-management supervisor at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa, where he coordinated the day-to-day operations of the Case Management Department. He managed 21 full-time employees, including case managers, and RN nurse navigators/transitional care nurses. He coordinated with community agencies to facilitate communication and assure continuity of care, reviewed and developed readmission programs and chronic disease management metrics. As that medical center’s MSICU case manager, he planned, coordinated, and facilitated the care and transition of patients through two intensive care units.

Ipekdjian is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, earning both his associate and bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing. He is pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Management at Western Governors University and is expected to graduate in 2016.