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180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Kayla

by Jessica October 23, 2014 12:20
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We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, and Chelsea. Today, we are proud to introduce you to Kayla, one of our inspiring scholarship winners.



180 Medical College Scholarship Winner Kayla's Story & Goals

Kayla was born with Spina Bifida Occulta, where an extra bone in her back severed her spinal cord and damaged the nerve that ran to her left foot. At just three months old, she had surgery to correct her spine and foot - the first of many surgeries in her life.

Doctors said she would likely never be able to walk, and while she definitely had difficulties to face that other children did not, she still proved the doctors wrong. Kayla says, "I do not remember my first steps, [but] I know the spirit that I had - the spirit that says never, ever give up."

Throughout her life, she continues to work hard to defy the odds. In high school, she received numerous awards and honors, such as the Superintendent's Rigor Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She also stayed very busy with extracurricular activities, clubs, and community service, such as DECA, FBLA, Spanish Club, Beta Club, Prom Committee, and more. On top of that, she has stayed active with sports, including JV and Varsity basketball and JV softball. 

Kayla, who has just entered her Freshman year as a major in Public Policy at the University of Virginia, has kept a fiery spirit of determination and a positive outlook. We here at 180 Medical are awed by her story and her optimism, and we're excited to play a part in contributing to her bright future.

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition today and find out ways to spread awareness.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Product News: Introducing ConvaTec's New Urostomy Pouch System

by Jessica October 20, 2014 12:03
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Interested in keeping up with the latest products available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest supplies and technology with you, so today, we'd like to let you know a little more about ConvaTec's newest urostomy pouch system with Moldable Technology ™.

What are the features of the ConvaTec Natura™ + Urostomy Pouch System?

The Natura™ + Urostomy PouchConvaTec Natura Urostomy Pouch is part of a two-piece system that collects urine/liquid output from one's stoma, and it was designed to give the wearer a feeling of security and discretion while remaining comfortable. The pouch itself is more discreet with a streamlined shape, and there is baffling inside the pouch to evenly distribute urine inside the bag for a slim profile. There is also a soft comfort panel on the side that rests against the body which reduces friction or irritation between the pouch and the skin. It also has an anti-reflux valve to keep urine from flowing back into the stoma. The pouch is easily compatible with ConvaTec's Moldable Technology™ skin barriers, such as the new Natura™ Accordion Flange.

Key Features of the ConvaTec Natura™ Urostomy Pouch System

  • Discreet, comfortable pouch
  • Streamlined shape
  • Soft body-side comfort panel
  • Anti-reflux valve provides additional security
  • Quilt-like baffling to evenly distribute urine for slim profile, discretion & less tugging
  • Flexible soft-tap closure
  • Works with multiple drainage systems for night-time convenience
  • Moldable Technology™ skin barrier to minimize skin irritation and maximize protection, fitting any stoma size or shape

How do ConvaTec's Moldable Technology™ Skin Barriers Work?

Moldable Technology™ skin barriers feature a pliable, easy-to-shape seal that will "rebound" to fit any stoma size/shape. Simply roll and mold the adhesive to fit your stoma, and the seal will "turtleneck" upward to protect your surrounding skin with a secure, snug fit. This means fewer leaks and less skin irritation.

Learn a little more with this video:


What are the benefits of Moldable Technology™?

Research shows that around 50% of people with an ostomy have skin complications at one point or another, and this is usually due to body waste leaking from the stoma onto the skin. However, "more than 95% of patients who started on Moldable Technology™ kept their skin healthy, and more than 86% of those with pre-existing skin disorders had improved skin after switching to Moldable Technology™."

Interested in trying ConvaTec's Natura™ Urostomy Pouch and Moldable Technology™ skin barriers?

For more information about these or other ostomy products, feel free to call one of our trained Ostomy Specialists at 1-877-688-2729. You can also fill out our online inquiry form or connect to us via Live Chat. We're happy to help you find the right product for your needs, and we also have access to a team of Ostomy Nurses that you can connect to by phone if there are any further questions or if medical advice is needed.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Employee Spotlight: Billing Specialist

by Jessica October 9, 2014 14:10
180 Medical is a national leader in the intermittent catheter industry, and we also provide ostomy and other related supplies. We recruit employees who are positive, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work. We offer a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. 180 Medical was also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 5th year in 2014.

This month, we're happy to feature Chelsea from the Billing Department.

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What are some of your main job duties as a Billing Specialist at 180 Medical? 

Billing Specialists are responsible for a wide range of duties involving customer's insurance companies. We file claims daily as well as appeal claims we have had problems being paid on. Once we are paid by the insurance company, we are responsible for making sure that every payment is posted to each customer's account to maintain accuracy on customer's monthly statements.

I personally specialize in resolutions in the Billing Department, which involves working on and appealing older claims.

What do you love most about 180 Medical?

180 Medical is one of the few companies I know that genuinely cares both about their customers and their employees. Even though we don't get to interact with our customers in the billing department as much as some of the other positions in the company, I love knowing that we are helping to make a positive difference in our customers' lives. The environment that we work in is happy and positive. It's a job that you wake up in the morning excited to come to work. 

Anything you’d say to someone thinking about applying for a job at 180 Medical?

If you are looking for a change in careers and you want to work somewhere that you can make a difference in others' lives, I encourage you to apply. Not only is it a very rewarding job, we tend to have some fun as well! I have been here for two years, and I continue to learn new things, and I have loved every day of it! 

What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped one of our customers?

I was on the phone with one of our customers recently, and we were having issues with her insurance processing the claims correctly which had caused her to receive a large bill. When she called, she was initially very concerned about this. We worked on the issue, and then later in our conversation, when we were able to get the insurance problem straightened out, she broke down in tears and expressed to me how thankful she is for our company. She said she is so grateful to know that we are such an honest company that's always willing to help her with all questions she has regarding her supplies or insurance problems. When we finished our conversation, all of her questions were answered, and it seemed like she was no longer worried about the issue. It's a nice feeling to help others like that, and it makes me feel proud to work at a company that our customers look at so highly.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am originally from Sioux Falls, SD. I lived there until I came down to Oklahoma City to attend college at Heartland Baptist Bible College for three years. I met my husband while I was here in college, and that is how I have ended up staying here in Oklahoma. I love camping, hiking, going to the lake and traveling! I am also a huge Thunder fan. However, I do feel like a bit of an outsider in Oklahoma, because I am not much of a college football fan. Thunder Up!

Thank you to Chelsea and all of the employees that make up our Billing Department, each of whom play such an important part in our daily operations at 180 Medical.

Interested in beginning your career at 180 Medical? Take a look at our available jobs and apply today.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Chelsea

by Jessica October 3, 2014 13:30
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Since we announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, and Ian. Today, we are proud to introduce you to another amazing recipient, Chelsea.

Chelsea Holiday 2014 180 Medical college scholarship winner

180 Medical Scholarship Winner Chelsea's Story

By all accounts, Chelsea Holiday seemed to be a healthy and active child. But more and more, she began to have difficulty with running, playing, and keeping up with her friends. Soon, even walking became a struggle. Her family took her to see multiple doctors, and finally an MRI revealed that she had a tumor growing at the end of her spine, a form of Spina Bifida and tethered spinal cord. Despite a lengthy surgery to remove the tumor, she was told there was a chance that nerves were damaged, walking would still be difficult, and it could even grow back. But Chelsea's spirit was undaunted -- she was ready to get back to getting active and playing sports again.

As she grew older, her feet and legs didn't grow at the same rate, leaving her foot chelsea holiday playing volleyballturned in and one calf muscle smaller than the other. She went through more surgeries to help correct it and continued with physical therapy, but she didn't let these setbacks stop her from pursuing the things she was passionate about. She says, "I believe that I can do anything as well as anyone else...I am a fighter, and whether I step onto a court, field, or classroom, I can achieve all of my goals."

Throughout high school, Chelsea has stayed active with sports and was even a varsity starter player and captain in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was also a member of DECA and Latin Club, and she has given back to her community by helping special needs children, tutoring, and mentoring. During her senior year, she was on the academic honor roll and has won various awards for leadership and character. She has also recently been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article entitled "Physical Adversity Didn't Stop 3-Sport Athlete."

This fall, Chelsea begins her Freshman year at Ithaca College and plans to pursue a career by majoring in Marketing. We here at 180 Medical are excited to contribute to Chelsea's dreams, and we're sure her unstoppable spirit will continue to awe and inspire others.

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Learn more about Spina Bifida here.
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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Honors National Spina Bifida Awareness Month

by Jessica October 2, 2014 14:41
With the beginning of October, many of us are getting excited about the fun autumn activities ahead, like picking a pumpkin, hayrides, football games, and of course, dressing up for Halloween. But one really special aspect of October that stands out to us here at 180 Medical is that this entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about a condition known as Spina Bifida.

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What is Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida is a congenital development disorder that occurs when the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) does not form normally in the womb during pregnancy. When this happens, some vertebrae of the spine remain open, and in some cases, there is a fluid-filled sac on the spinal cord. People born with Spina Bifida can still lead fulfilling lives, although they may face many surgeries and future issues related to their challenges, such as not being able to fully move or control the lower parts of their bodies or loss of bowel and bladder control, and more.

To learn more, see our article about Spina Bifida.

What causes Spina Bifida? Can it be prevented?

There is not a specific known cause of Spina Bifispina bifida awareness ribbonda at this time. However, studies show that most cases of Spina Bifida can be prevented if an expecting mother has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy.

Learn more about folic acid and what the best sources of supplementation for your diet are at the CDC's official website here.

National Spina Bifida Awareness Month Matters to 180 Medical

We have been and continue to be proud sponsors of various programs and events that support awareness and funding for various Spina Bifida organizations, such as the Spina Bifida Association's Walk-N-Roll events, or their Education Days, which are affordable, life-changing events that bring the latest information and news of research on Spina Bifida while spina bifida conference 180 medicaloffering support to those with Spina Bifida and their families.

We are honored to offer an annual scholarship program to help those with Spina Bifida, spinal cord injuries, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder.

Please join us and the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) in spreading awareness about this condition all month long. If you'd like to share your story about how Spina Bifida has affected your life or someone you love, or how 180 Medical has helped you, please "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/180medical and leave us a comment! You can also check out the Spina Bifida Association at their Facebook page or at their official website.

Resources and Support




About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Ian

by Jessica September 23, 2014 16:57
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After the announcement of our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients on August 1st, 2014, we have been featuring our nine individual winners on our blog, and today, we'd love to introduce you to another well-deserving recipient, Ian Peterson.

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Seven years ago, just one month after his high school graduation during a fun summer outing at a lake, Ian took a dive into the water and tragically injured his spinal cord at C6-7, leaving him a quadriplegic. While this accident could've potentially had a negative affect on his life, he felt that the rehabilitation period helped him to learn more about himself. Over the course of much rehabilitation and therapy, he has been able to regain the use of his arms and hands, as well as some sensation in his core.

Prior to his accident, Ian wanted to pursue a career in medicine, already having had obtained his EMT certification. "I felt that since I am in a chair, I would be able to have a positive impact on people with spinal cord injuries and improve their quality of life," Ian says. He spoke with friends and mentors about his strengths, his weaknesses, and what career path he should take, and after careful thought, he decided to focus on a goal of becoming an administrator at either a long-term care facility, skilled nursing center, or rehabilitation hospital, and in this way he will still be able to "care for those who could not otherwise care for themselves without assistance."

While Ian has continued his therapy, ian peterson scholarship winnerhe has also stayed active with hand cycling, and he is also on the North Texas Cowboys Quad Rugby team. He married the love of his life in 2013, which was an exciting milestone. During this time, he has also maintained good scholarly standing on the Dean’s List, along with maintaining membership with the American College of Health Executives, Upcoming Student Professionals, and president of the UNTHSC MHA Association. As of January 2014, he has been working as an Administrator in Training at Green Valley Rehabilitation. Ian is attending graduate school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center this fall and plans to graduate in December of 2014. We're excited to play a part in assisting Ian with his goals in graduate school and to see how he will be able to help others in his future career.

180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

Did you know that September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month? Learn more here.
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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

Ostomy Resources & Support

by Heather September 23, 2014 14:52
Ostomy surgery, whether planned or unexpected, can bring a lot of changes to your life. It can be scary, frustrating and discouraging to try to find the help you need or even to find people that understand exactly what you are going through. In addition to 180 Medical’s team of trained ostomy specialists, there are some great resources available to help you get back to being you, while finding a place of support and community.

Ostomy Resources We Recommend:

ConvaTec’s Customer Interaction Center (CIC)

It’s hard to get back to your normal life if you can’t find productconvatec cvt customer interaction center cic logos that work for you and give you a sense of security. The Customer Interaction Center is made up of ConvaTec’s team of certified wound ostomy nurses that are available for your questions and concerns. They specialize in ConvaTec’s ostomy product line and are dedicated to helping you find the products that work the best for you.
Phone: (800) 422-8811, Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 7:00PM Eastern Time  

Ostomysecrets

Ostomysecrets is a company created by ostomates for ostomates. They carry specialized underwear and wraps for men, women and children. Their products are specifically designed to provide discreet support and to conceal your ostomy system, giving you a greater measure of confidence and peace of mind. Since the employees of their company have ostomies, they are able to offer support and insight only found with someone who shares your struggles. Their founder, Lisa Becker, asks: “When was the last time you forgot you had an ostomy? For me, it's every time I wear my Ostomysecrets. These undergarments changed my life, and I hope they change yours too. Join me and feel as good as I feel now!” – Lisa Becker, Founder
Website: www.ostomysecrets.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OstomySecrets        
Phone: (877) 613-6246  
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Great Comebacks Program

The Great Comebacks® Program began in 1984 under the leadership of Rolf Benirschke, with support from ConvaTec. It was designed to raise awareness of quality of life issues for people living with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, colorectal cancer or other diseases that can lead to ostomy surgery. Today, the Great Comebacks community has spread far beyond its original borders, raising awareness around the globe through inspirational individuals who have chosen to share their stories and offer hope to others facing these diseases and transitioning to life after surgery.
Website: www.greatcomebacks.com 


Ostomy Inspire

Ostomy Support Groups by Inspire is an online support community for people living with an ostomy. There are many different forums where you can discuss health and lifestyle issues, gain emotional support, inspire and motivate others and see additional ostomy information and resources.
Website:
www.ostomy.inspire.com



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About the Author:
Heather has worked for 180 Medical for almost 2 years and currently holds the title of Ostomy Specialist. She loves being active, trying new things, spending time with family and friends, and playing the piano and the guitar.

180 Medical Once Again Named One of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma

by Jessica September 19, 2014 09:22
For the 5th year now, 180 Medical was once again ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma by okcBiz magazine. The ranking is based upon anonymous employee feedback in surveys, and we are excited to be recognized as a company that treats its employees with care and consideration, just as we do for our customers.

“When I founded 180 Medical, my top goal was to be a medical supplier that would offer the best customer service in the business," says CEO and founder Todd Brown, "best places to work in oklahoma 2014 180 medicalIt was also my hope to be an employer that people loved to come to work for, every day. Even though 180 Medical continues to grow by leaps and bounds, we've kept that fun, family atmosphere here that I think is a big part of why our employees truly love their jobs."

180 Medical is certainly a workplace that stands out from the rest, because of fun perks like casual wear every day, goal-driven incentives, great benefit plans, and convenient amenities like our on-site workout facility and a break room with provided healthy snacks, vending machines, and outdoor patio seating.

"Being named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 5th year says so much about our company and what we stand for, because it’s based on what our employees think and say about the work experience here," says Sharon Hodnett, Director of Human Resources at 180 Medical. "We just have a great environment where it’s actually fun to come to work each day.”

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Our employees recognize and appreciate that 180 Medical is a great place to work, and for that, we are truly proud. With fun "180 Holidays" like Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, our Red River Rivalry Chili-Cookoff, annual company bowling night, cake decorating contests, and more, we have an environment that allows everyone to have some fun, and that positivity comes through in all of our daily interactions with our customers.

180 Medical is honored to stand among the best of the best employers in Oklahoma! Are you looking for a new career? Come apply to join our team at: www.180medical.com/Careers.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

180 Medical Employee Spotlight: Verifications Specialist

by Jessica September 16, 2014 14:00
180 Medical is a national leader in the intermittent catheter industry, and we also provide ostomy and other related supplies. We recruit employees who are positive, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work. We offer a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. 180 Medical was also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma once again in 2014.

This month, we are proud to feature Linda, who is a Verifications Specialist who has been with the company for 4 years now.

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What do you do as a Verifications Specialist?
Our group verifies that each customer's Medicare and Medicaid insurances are active each month before the order is shipped. For those customers receiving home health, we will work with their home health agency to make sure they continue to receive their supplies in a timely manner.  

What do you love most about 180 Medical?

I love feeling like we can make a difference in people's lives. And there are so many fun perks of working here, like the casual atmosphere – not many companies let you wear jeans and t-shirts to work! It's great to wear my orange and black on Friday to support my Oklahoma State Cowboys or the blue for OKC Thunder. When we make our weekly company goals, we are rewarded with fun treats. My favorites are bundt cake, pretzels, or ice cream! We also have events like bowling, Corporate Challenge, Jim Thorpe run, Red River Rivalry 180 medical fun work environment thunderChili Cook-off, and we decorate the offices when our home NBA team, the OKC Thunder, is in the playoffs.

Anything you'd say to someone thinking about applying for a job here?
There is so much to like about this company. Love the feeling you get when you can help those who are in a difficult situation and try to make their day a little easier. The company is great on rewarding individuals that work hard. If you like to work hard and help others, this may be the right fit for you!

What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped a customer?
Don’t really have one specific story, but I can say it is always makes me feel good when you feel that you have made someone’s day a little better. Sometimes when we call customers, they're already dealing with various health issues and frustrations, but it feels so good to know I can help, in being a part of 180 Medical. When people thank us through their tears, it's been a fulfilling day.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
The most exciting thing to happen to me lately is that I became a grandma! Love my little Braxton who is just turning 2. In the past, I did a lot of crafts and sewing as a hobby, but mostly now I just enjoy it when I get to babysit my grandson and take it easy. I'm a big Oklahoma State (OSU) fan -- love my Pokes! I hope to cross off an item on my "Bucket List" in the next few years and take my grandson, daughter, and son-in-law to the most magical place: Disney World!

What is your favorite inspiring quote or thought?
“Choose Joy – joy is not in things; it is in us.” I listen to the Bobby Bones radio show every morning, and one of the DJ’s mom is battling cancer. To honor her mom in a positive way, the radio station had a whole week dedicated to the purpose of spreading joy and happiness. In other words, to try to do good things for others and not let hardship or difficult times cause you to lose hope. I was really inspired by that thought to continue to choose joy, no matter what.


A hearty thank you goes out to Linda and the rest of the Verifications Specialists, all of whom play an important part in our daily operations at 180 Medical by verifying insurances and helping customers who are transitioning to and from Home Health services.

Interested in beginning your career at 180 Medical? Take a look at our available jobs and apply today.



About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.
 

September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

by Jessica September 15, 2014 12:42
We here at 180 Medical want to do our part in raising awareness this month about a painful condition called Interstitial Cystitis.

According to the Interstitial Cystitis Network, as many as one out of every 26 people in the USA right now may be living with symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis. But what is Interstitial Cystitis? And why is it important that we all do our part in raising awareness about this condition?

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Interstitial Cystitis and Its Symptoms

Also known as Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS), Interstitial Cystitis is a feeling that ranges from minor discomfort to great pain or pressure around the pelvic area, most specifically the bladder. Symptoms can include:
  • Bladder pain or pain throughout the pelvis or genitals
  • Urgency to rush to the restroom to relieve yourself
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urinary frequency
  • Nocturia
  • Pain during intimacy

september is ic awareness monthIt can happen to anyone, but it seems to be more prevalent in women. Many who are affected by the symptoms aren't even aware that they have it. This is why it's important to spread awareness, so that those who are affected can seek treatment.

While there is no cure currently, there are a variety of treatments available that can help lessen the symptoms and make it much more manageable. If you have difficulty urinating, for instance, it may be as simple as starting a self-catheterization regimen. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your doctor today.

What Can I Do To Raise Awareness About Interstitial Cystitis?

  • It's easy to feel like you don't have the power to raise much awareness. But if you use any form of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or more), you have a great tool in your hands to share information and spread awareness. You can start out just by sharing a link to the IC Awareness Month official website at http://www.icawareness.org or sharing a link to this blog post from 180 Medical.
  • Hand out flyers or hang a poster at your school, job, or local church.
  • Talk to your doctor about putting up a poster or keeping brochures about Interstitial Cystitis available for patients and visitors to the office.
  • Spread awareness by wearing your turquoise IC Awareness Ribbon or displaying it as a car magnet. Find yours at the ICN shop here.

Resources

Remember, if you are living with Interstitial Cystitis, you're not the only one. There are resources available to you for learning and connecting with a vast network of others who are dealing with symptoms like yours.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, art, music, and spending time with friends and family.