Founder and CEO
Pat Mastors, CEO of Pear Health LLC, is author of Design to Survive: 9 Ways an IKEA Approach Can Fix Health Care & Save Lives. The book is “…a passionate plea for simplicity and common sense”, urging solutions that reduce costs, streamline efficiencies and partner with the customer in the design and delivery of health care.
A veteran news and medical reporter at several New England television stations, the loss of her father while in medical care in 2006 led Pat to seek solutions that patients and advocates can use themselves to support safety, dignity and participation. She is creator of the Patient Pod, a patient engagement & empowerment tool that brings patient autonomy and communication to the bedside. In fall of 2013 the Patient Pod is undergoing a clinical trial with "teachback" at being trialed at a midwest hospital system to reduce 30-day hospital re-admissions.
Pat worked successfully to help pass two patient safety laws in Rhode Island and serves as a patient/family advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients. Quoted in USA Today for her “all hands on deck – including patients” approach to reducing medical harm, she consults on patient safety policy and engagement for public and private health care organizations. Her blog posts at Islands of Excellence have been cross-posted by the National Patient Safety Foundation, The HealthCare Blog, KevinMD and Reporting on Health.
In May 2013 Pat’s work came full circle when her daughter Jessica was diagnosed with a rare and paralyzing nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Jessica’s length of stay in the hospital was less than one third the average (according to published studies) for her diagnosis and treatment, and her rate of recovery has been exceptional…which the family attributes at least in part to an empowered and engaged partnership with care providers.
Aimee is a journalist and communications specialist, who spent more than 16 years producing award-winning content for broadcast and other electronic media.
As Senior Producer and Special Projects Coordinator for WPRI-TV 12 and WNAC-TV Fox 64 Providence/New Bedford, she spent more than a decade producing, writing, promoting, and coordinating content and graphic design for daily television newscasts, long-range features and brand-building.
Aimee's connections to health and wellness issues are deep: she critiques packaged health, medical and women-driven news pieces for Ivanhoe Broadcast News. Her featured Providence Children’s Health news articles appear on the national website Examiner.com, and her food, nutrition, diet, health and general wellness news articles are featured on FoodConsumer.org.
Director, Product Design and Customization
Director, Graphic Design and Customization
If you want your own Patient Pod design, colors, logos or branding, Joe and Wayne will bring it to life.
Joe Cacciola and Wayne Blatchley, co-founders of Fuzion Design Inc., have collaborated to produce leading products for dozens of national brands including Playtex, Safety 1st, Dorel Juvenile Group, CVS, Disney, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, Eddie Bauer and The First Years. They are unabashed sticklers for quality control, and take enormous pride in every product they touch.
Joe was Vice President of Research and Development at Safety 1st, a senior director at Hasbro, and is an Industrial Designers Society of America Merit Award winner. Wayne was creative director for two of the world’s largest companies in the product design industry – Hasbro and Safety 1st, where he was responsible for the package communication and design for many best-loved household brands.