Catheter Connection

A Reflection on 20 Years After Todd Brown's Spinal Cord Injury

by Jessica August 20, 2014 11:43
Today marks a full twenty years that have passed since our founder and CEO Todd Brown’s accident, which ultimately led to his idea to create 180 Medical. While it’s not an anniversary we celebrate, we want to take a moment to reflect back on the past twenty years and accentuate the positive outcome after his tragic accident.
todd brown ceo and founder of 180 medical
Many of you may know by now what an inspiring life Todd has led thus far. From an early age, he was very active and participated in various sports like basketball and track. He grew up around motorcycles. His dad was involved in a sport called motocross, which is a physically-demanding, fast-paced form of motorcycle racing on mostly off-road, closed courses. “Me and my brother started racing from a very young age,” said Todd, recalling his passion for the sport. Then in 1994, after graduating college and marrying his wife Annette, a tragic accident during a motocross jump left Todd with a T-7,8 spinal cord injury. He was just 25 and was now paralyzed from the waist down.

While in the hospital, Todd called his closest friends and family to let them know what had occurred. His wife and family rushed to be by his side, and one thing people noticed was that his indomitable spirit had not been dampened. “He basically just made it like ‘God put this in front of me and gave me some challenges,’ and it didn’t make a difference to him,” Randy Brown, his brother, recalls.

Todd knew his life would never be quite the same as it was before his accident, but he was determined to persevere. “I had a business, I had a family, and I was just trying to get out of rehab,” Todd said, recalling those difficult first few months.

On top of that, he battled seven urinary tract infections for seven months in a row. Urinary tract infections are one aspect of difficulties that the newly paralyzed can deal with as their bodies adjust to having to use intermittent catheters in order to drain their bladder. Todd only knew to clean and reuse the catheters, as he’d been taught to do in rehab. But the infections were severely impacting the quality of his life, plus he had to deal with frequent trips to the doctor and constant doses of antibiotics. Feeling worn down and tired of being sick, Todd knew there had to be a better way.

Despite all of that, the drive to stay active was todd brown wheelchair race 180 medicalstill inside Todd, so he began doing wheelchair races, and he participated in his first wheelchair marathon just six months after his motocross accident. One day, while attending a wheelchair race, a fellow athlete friend talked to Todd about his issues with frequent UTIs and asked if he’d ever heard of sterile-use cathetization (which is using a catheter one time and then disposing of it, versus reusing after cleaning it) and gave him a closed system catheter to try out. Todd’s health began to improve, and he realized that, with continued use of the right equipment and the right techniques, his quality of life had done a 180 degree turn back in the right direction. 

It was not long after this that Todd decided he wanted to start a company that would be able to provide the right equipment, great service, and education to anyone who needed catheters and other supplies. It was a leap of faith, and he and his wife didn’t have much starting out, but Todd was ready to make his dreams a reality, so they started their medical supply company out of their own garage. Todd just knew he could make a difference in others’ lives.

Over those 20 years since Todd’s accident, he has not only started 180 Medical, which is one of the fastest-growing, nationally-accredited providers of sterile use catheters, urologic supplies and ostomy supplies, he has also accomplished much more. He and his wife are both strong advocates for adoption. He still takes times to visit spinal cord injury patients in rehab, and he will often mentor the newly injured. Even with his continually growing business, he finds time for his family and his passions, like fishing, hand-cycling, snow-skiing, and staying active in his church.

Todd’s story inspires everyone who hears it. He is a unique, driven individual who has turned what could have potentially been a negative situation into one that has not only earned him a successful business but helped countless others who may be facing challenges of their own.


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 Nichole

by Jessica August 15, 2014 11:32
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On August 1st, 2014, we revealed all of our 2014 180 Medical College Scholarship winners. Thank you to everyone who applied. We had so many great applicants this year, and our scholarship committee had an extremely difficult time judging. We couldn't pick just five, so we awarded NINE individuals this year! A big thank you goes out to our founder and CEO, Todd Brown, who has such a passion to help young students achieve their dreams.

Throughout the next few months, we will be highlighting our individual winners on our blog, so stay tuned! This week, we are happy to feature one of our scholarship winners, Nichole Sheridan.

180 medical college scholarship winner Nichole 2014

Nichole, a 20-year-old junior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas in Arlington, was always a healthy and lively child. Her family even nicknamed her "the Energizer Bunny" because of her active, non-stop drive. Then one day, when she was just 13, everything changed. Rather rapidly within the course of one week, her body began to lose strength. She couldn't even get up from bed on her own. After multiple hospital visits, tests, scans, and more, she found out what was wrong: she had Transverse Myelitis/Myelopathy.

It was a turning point in Nichole's life, but she kept her drive and perseverance, despite the difficulty she now faced. She was told she may never walk again, but she is determined to never give up, saying, "I know that one day I will stand up on my own two feet and take steps by myself. When someone limits my ability to do something, I will turn around, work my hardest, and show them that their negativity doesn't have a place in my life."

Ultimately, her goal is to help others who have Transverse Myelitis or other challenges get through the rough patches and let them know that a full life is still possible, even in a wheelchair. She wants to use her education and experience to inspire others as a leader of a nonprofit foundation or charity. In the meantime, she also spends her free time writing on her website and blog at www.shewillnotfall.com.

Transverse Myelitis is a neurological disease where the spinal cord becomes inflamed. Those affected will usually experience the symptoms suddenly or over a short period of time (usually within days) at the onset. Signs of Transverse Myelitis include weakness and/or numbness of limbs, back pain, paralysis, sensory loss, and motor deficits. See the Transverse Myelitis Association for news, research, information, and ways to get involved.

Nichole's life story is certainly an inspiration to us, and we are so pleased to be able to contribute a piece toward her future dreams and goals!



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: Referral Specialist

by Jessica August 8, 2014 14:42
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 2013.

This month, we're happy to feature Dennis, a Referral Specialist, who has worked at 180 Medical for 4 years now.

employee spotlight 180 medical

What are some of your main job duties as a Referral Specialist?
The Warm Transfer department has a wide variety of projects that we are responsible for. Our primary goal is making sure that any customer that is referred to 180 Medical and cannot be serviced is transferred to a provider who can meet their needs. This happens in varying situations, such as when a customer has insurance that we are not contracted with or if they require medical supplies that we do not normally provide (since we specialize in intermittent catheters and ostomy supplies). Even when we can't provide for a customer, we take extra care and effort to make sure that they get transferred to a provider who can handle their needs. We also work various special projects that need to done throughout the year.

What do you love most about 180 Medical?
I love our on-site gym! Once I leave work for the day, I don’t have the time or the energy to go the gym. But 180 Medical provides us with a training facility and the availability to work out before, during (on lunch break), and/or after work. And that's really just one of many excellent perks & benefits of 180 Medical -- not to mention the amazing people I get to work with every day! I just don’t think you will be able to find a better work place in Oklahoma. We do things a little different at 180 Medical, but that’s what makes us special.  

What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped a fellow employee here?
I was moving from one apartment to another, and two other people on my team where moving also. We all banded together one Saturday and helped each other move. It was great team effort that created the foundation of our friendship.  

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. I love doing community service and giving back to my city. I am a huge sports fan, and I love the OU Sooners and OKC Thunder.  

What is your favorite inspiring quote?

The answer to the unasked question is always NO!

A big thanks to Dennis and our great team of Referral Specialists who play such an integral role in the company in taking care of various projects and helping customers transfer to a company in their insurance network who can meet their needs.

180 medical career fair okc oklahoma city jobs

Interested in a career at 180 Medical? Take a look at our available jobs and apply today, or swing by to attend our 180 Medical Career Fair on August 12th, 2014, from 3-7 p.m.


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.
 

Catheters 101: The Basic Components of Your Intermittent Catheter

by Jessica August 7, 2014 13:31
Are you new to the world of self-catheterization? Maybe you've been recently told you need to start using catheters to drain your bladder, whether due to urinary retention, incontinence, neurogenic bladder or another condition. We here at 180 Medical understand that it can feel somewhat unnerving for some people to begin self-cathing, and that's why we'd like to help explain the basic components of an intermittent catheter, so that you can feel confident and comfortable as you are learning your new self-catheterization routine.

Catheter Sizes

First of all, you may want to know a bit about catheter sizes. After all, a catheter is inserted into your body, and since everyone has a different anatomy, there is no one catheter size that fits all.

Catheters are sized by what is called French size (Fr). The French size refers to the diameter of the catheter. Typically, sizes range from 5 Fr - 20 Fr. You can tell the French size of the catheter by the color of its funnel end. See chart (below) for funnel colors and French sizes.



Your physician will determine which catheter French size is right for you, based on your needs and anatomy. When the proper size is selected for you, the urine should flow from your bladder at a timely pace while allowing the procedure to be performed free of discomfort and pain.

Catheter Funnels

Funnels are often attached to catheters for various reasons. As mentioned above, they are often color-coded for easy French size identification, depending on the brand and type of your catheter. Funnels are useful for gripping the catheter without touching the tube itself while directing the urine flow into a receptacle. Funnels are also designed to attach to drain bags, in case a urinal or toilet is unavailable.      

Catheters don’t always come with funnel ends, however. There is an option called a luer end, which comes just like a regular catheter (same features, same insertion tip) but without the funnel, leaving the end like an open tube.  
 


Overall, the choice between a catheter with a funnel or luer end is typically a matter of personal preference:
  • Some people prefer having a funnel for easy size identification or easier gripping without touching the tube itself.
  • The luer end catheters are sometimes preferred because the packaging is sometimes more compact and discreet due to the lack of the thicker funnel. Also, male length (16 inch) luer end catheters sometimes come in a curved package as well, making it more discreet and “pocket-size” for those on the go.  

Catheter Lengths

There are three different lengths available for catheters: male, female, and pediatric (children):
  • Male length catheters are usually 16 inches in length.
  • Female length catheters range from 6-8 inches in length.
  • Pediatric length catheters typically range from 6-12 inches in length.
  • Women and children generally use shorter lengths because of their shorter urethral length, although there are some instances where a male length catheter may be preferred.



Catheter Tips

Catheters can have a straight tip or a coude insertion tip.

The most common insertion tip is the straight tip, which is the basic tip that will work for most people across the board - men, women, and children.

The coude tip, also known as a curved or bent tip, is used most often when a blockage or stricture makes the use of a straight catheter more difficult or even impossible. This is most common in men, so the coude tip is almost always on a male length catheter.

coude tip versus vs straight tip catheter

If you have questions about certain urologic catheter products you've come to the right place. We specialize in intermittent catheters so you can feel confident you are speaking with a catheter expert to answer all of your questions. Call or fill out this form today.

Note: Always consult with your physician or other health care provider on what type of catheter is right for you.



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 to Host Career Fair

by Jessica August 6, 2014 16:42
Are you looking for a job in the Oklahoma City area? 180 Medical is currently hiring, as we continue to rapidly expand, and we're looking for passionate individuals who want to join our positive work environment.

Due to our growth, we even had to find a new location to house our expanding group of great employees. A beautiful, 60,000 square-foot office building at 8516 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City will be the new headquarters for 180 Medical, and it will also house our first-ever 180 Medical Career Fair.

The Career Fair, hosted on August 12th from 3 to 7 p.m., could give you a chance to interview for our available positions, including such positions as customer service, billing, inside sales, and more.

180 medical oklahoma city jobs career fair

There are many reasons why 180 Medical has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for several years. Not only do we offer a competitive benefits package, we also have fun activities such as our annual bowling night, chili cook-offs, quarterly meetings with fun games, opportunities to support and be a part of charity events such as the Endeavor Games, and more!  

Come on down to meet some of our great staff and managers on August 12th! We're excited to open our doors to you and give you the opportunity to interview for a rewarding career.


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.
 

4 Helpful Smartphone Apps for Catheter and Wheelchair Users

by Jessica July 23, 2014 14:04
helpful smartphone apps for catheter-users and wheelchair-users

Just about everyone has a smartphone these days. Technology has risen to meet our many needs, even those we didn’t know we had. There are games, music programs, helpful tools, financial planners, and many apps specifically geared towards health, such as WebMD. But were you aware that there are some apps that could specifically help you out with your self-catheterization regimen? As the slogan goes, “there’s an app for that,” so check out our short list of applications in iTunes that may be a good addition to your smartphone today!    


UroBladderDiary

$1.99 in iTunes
urobladder diary appDuring your appointments, your treating physician may have recommended that you keep a record of how much liquid you’re drinking per day and/or how much and how often you are voiding your bladder. It may not sound like much fun to keep writing this information down in a big notebook or journal, but with this app, you can just type in each entry. Does the doctor want to see the record? This app easily converts the text you’ve input into a PDF file which can be emailed over to your physician’s office and included in your electronic medical records. No paper waste necessary, and it keeps your voiding diary completely private.  

urobladder diary screenshot
 

Wheelmate™

wheelmate coloplast smartphone appFree in iTunes
Are you a wheelchair user on the go? This app is specifically designed to find clean wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and parking spaces for those in wheelchairs. Currently, this app has more than 30,000 locations spread over 45 countries, and more are added and verified by wheelchair users to make sure the information is correct. This is especially helpful for those on the go. Maybe you have a vacation you'd like to plan in advance, or you're traveling for your job and want to make sure you'll have parking and bathroom access. This may be the app for you.


wheelmate app screenshot

CathNow

Free in iTunes
coloplast cathnow appLike most catheter users, you probably have a set schedule of when you are supposed to self-cath, according to your health care provider's prescribed regimen. But sometimes time can get away from us when our day is busy, and of course, we all have forgetful days! There's whose days are busy or even just for those of us who are a little forgetful, there’s an app by Coloplast created to remind you to it’s time to cath with alarms for your smart phone.

coloplast cathnow smartphone app screenshot

LoFric Micturition Chart App

Free on iTunes and Google Play
Like UroBladder Diary, this chart allows you to input the liquids lofric micturition chart smartphone appyou are drinking throughout the day and the amount of urine you are voiding from your bladder. However, this version is specifically to record this information over 2 or 3 days. Once completed, you can bring the chart to your next appointment or email it. Again, this app is helpful for less paper waste along with more privacy, because you don’t have to carry around a paper chart or notebook with you.

lofric micturition chart app screenshot

One or all of these smartphone apps may offer some practical support to you even on a daily basis as a catheter or wheelchair user. Whether you need help finding clean, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, staying on time with your prescribed self-cathing regimen, or measuring your urine output or more, it can all be at the mere touch of  a button on your personal smartphone.


  
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.
 

Beat the Heat with our Summer Tips for Ostomies

by Jessica July 23, 2014 11:58
Summer is almost officially here! For many people, that means vacation plans, fun outdoor activities, swimming, biking, hiking, and more.

However, others, especially those new to living with their ostomies, may be dreading that summer heat and all the water activities that often go with it. But there's no need to count yourself out of fun in the sun! With a few precautions and tweaks to your ostomy routine, you should still be able to join in on summer activities with your friends and family.

If you have recently had surgery, please check with your doctor before engaging in strenuous activity. For medical advice, please consult with a medical professional, such as an Ostomy Nurse or your treating physician.


Splish Splash: Dipping Into the Water with Your Ostomy

If you want to participate in water sports like swimming or water-skiing, but you are scared your ostomy pouch may loosen or fall off, remember that many people with ostomies are able to enjoy the same activities now as they were before their surgeries.
  • The majority of ostomy appliances have water-resistant adhesives that should seal well. This is helpful not only for showering, bathing, and normal sweating of the skin, but it should also keep water from affecting the seal during swimming.
  • Concerned about concealing your pouch OstomySecrets swim wrapso you can go swimming with your friends and family? Ostomysecrets.com has unisex swim wraps in various colors to go beneath your swimsuit for comfortable support for your ostomy pouch, swim bottoms for women, and swim trunks and board shorts for men. They also offer swim bottoms for women, although you can also wear a one-piece or even a tankini to help support the pouch. For men, simply wearing that inner support garment (such as the above mentioned unisex swim wraps) will help to keep the pouch supported and concealed, although you may also feel comfortable wearing a t-shirt with your swim trunks, depending on how high up your stoma is placed.

Don't Sweat It!

Of course, with summer months comes that hotter summer weather, and most people will find, especially if they go outdoors, that they are perspiring more than usual. Pouches are designed to stay sealed to the skin and stay intact for 3-4 days, even with the typical daily moisture such as normal showers, baths, and sweating. Finally after a few days, the seal will star to loosen a little. On average, people tend to change their pouch every 4 days and reapply. However, in the summer time, it's almost expected that you will change your pouch a little more often if you're outdoors often, as barriers may melt or wear out a little faster in high heat. Take a look at some of these tips:
  • Some may worry that the pouch seal may loosen with sweat. As stated earlier, most ostomy appliances come equipped with a water-resistant adhesive that should seal well. Convatec skin barrier sur-fit natura two piece
  • If you are concerned about excessive sweating or if you are having difficulties keeping your pouch sealed to your skin, there are not only special adhesives available specifically created to create a stronger seal than usual, but Convatec also has a full line of extended wear products such skin barriers and various one-piece and two-piece ostomy pouches specifically created for those with an active lifestyle. Feel free to contact us to get in touch with an Ostomy Nurse about what option might be right for you.
  • If you've been changing your pouch more often and the skin surrounding your stoma has become more irritated (redness, chafing, bumps, etc.), you may want to look into a powder to absorb perspiration.
  • As always, please consult with your treating physician or an Ostomy Nurse for specific care if you find skin irritation, rash, or discoloration around your stoma.

Other Precautions

Remember, on hot sunny days, it doesn't take long for the temperature inside your car to soar, so be sure not to leave your ostomy products and other medical supplies in the vehicle, so that the adhesive doesn't melt, etc.



We hope these tips have helped you! Summer fun is definitely an option for you, even with a colostomy, urostomy, or ileostomy.

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connect to us via Live Chat, or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our highly trained, friendly specialists.

Stay tuned to our blog for future product news, informative articles, and company events!


*Swim Wrap picture credit: www.ostomysecrets.com


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and 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 Cure Hydrophilic Catheters

by Jessica July 9, 2014 13:10

Interested in keeping up with the latest catheters available on the market? 180 Medical is always ready to share the scoop on the newest products with you, and today, we'd like to introduce you to Cure’s new hydrophilic catheter that has become recently available.

What are the key features of the Cure hydrophilic catheter?

The Cure hydrophilic catheter has a coating that, upon activation by the included water packet, becomes super-slippery and smooth for an easy, comfortable catheterization process. Since the hydrophilic coating is bonded directly to the catheter tube, the lubricant will not slough off from the tube as it enters your urethra, maintaining a smooth friction-free catheterization experience from start to finish.

Cure Hydrophilic Catheter

Here are some additional features:
  • As with all Cure intermittent catheter products, the hydrophilic catheter is DEHP-free and latex-free.
  • Clear sleeve for easy handling
  • Tight packaging around the catheter for full contact with water
  • Sterile water sachet
Cure hydrophilic catheter with clear sleeve and water sachet
  • No soaking time required! Just pop the included water packet, and it’s ready to go.
  • Cure Medical donates 10% of their net profits to scientific research related to spinal cord injuries and CNS disorders.
  • Color-coded funnel for easy French size identification

How do I use the Cure Hydrophilic Catheter?

For more information regarding how to catheterize, feel free to call one of our trained specialists so we can walk you through that process. 180 Medical also has one-of-a-kind catheterization instruction materials we can send to you with your order, including a step by step DVD and printed color brochures.  

Is this product available in my size and required type?


Currently, it is available in straight tip, 14 fr, male length. 12 fr and 16fr, and coude tip catheters are coming soon! 

Which Cure products does 180 Medical carry?

180 Medical proudly carries Cure’s entire line of available intermittent catheters, including their all 100% DEHP-free, latex-free vinyl straight and coude tipped intermittent catheters and closed systems.

How can I find the catheter that's right for me?

Just contact 180 Medical by filling out our online inquiry form, connect to us via Live Chat, or give us a call at 1-877-688-2729 to speak to one of our highly trained, friendly specialists. We are happy to help you find the right catheter for you, and we can verify your insurance to determine if and how these products are covered on your policy.

Stay tuned to our blog for future product news, informative articles, and company events!

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and 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.
 

Summer Camps for Children with Spina Bifida and/or Special Needs

by Jessica July 2, 2014 15:51
It's summer, and for many children, teens, and young adults, that means it's time for camp! If you're a parent or caretaker of a child with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord injury, special needs, or any other challenges, you want them to have the same opportunities for fun activities as any other child has.

Summer camps for special needs kids

Take a look at our compiled list of various camp and programs across the United States. Some are even available year-round!

Alabama
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Alabama

Camp ASCCA (Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults)
ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and week-long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round.

Arkansas

Camp Aldersgate
Creating life-changing experiences for children with spinal cord disabilities and spina bifida ages 6-16.

California

AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika
This camp has helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities make friends, try new things,, and become more confident and independent.

Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem
Enriching the lives of those with special needs, a fun and safe program of recreation, socialization, and education.

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake

Dedicated to supporting children with disabilities and disadvantages and their families. Arts and crafts, water sports, group activities and more.

Easter Seals Central California – Camp Harmon

Residential camp program for children and adults with disabilities at Boulder Creek.  

Painted Turtle Camp
Offers various different camp options for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses including those with spina bifida and paraplegia, Crohn’s and colitis, and more.

Colorado

Challenge Aspen
Weeklong day camps including an outdoor adventure camp, music and dance camp, teen camp, and high rocky adventure.

CFCE Summer Camp
Camps available in Loveland and Denver, this four week camp runs Monday through Friday for children with motor disabilities.

Camp Roundup River Ranch Roundup

River Ranch is a medically supported camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. 

Connecticut

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Dedicated to providing a different kind of healing to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. 

Camp Harkness

Camp providing individual support, with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southeastern CT. http://www.thearcnlc.org/camp.php  

Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp
Week-long day wheelchair sports camp for children ages 7-18 living with physical disabilities.

Delaware

Children’s Beach House, Inc.
Camp programs on the Delaware Bay providing a unique experience for children with special needs to explore and learn from our natural environment. Activities include swimming, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and more. 

Florida

Camp Boggy Creek
For ages 7-16 who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening condition.

Easter Seals Florida Camp Challenge

Weeklong fully accessible overnight or day camp for children and adults with disabilities or special needs, ages 6+.

CECO Summer Camp

For ages 2-18. Intensive conductive education program with the focus on increasing phsycial and social independence offering intensive sessions led by PETO trained conductors including physical, educational and self-care skills.

Georgia  

Camp Krazy Legs
Overnight summer camp for children and teens with spina bfiida who meet eligibility criteria.

Lindsey’s Place Camp

Year-round recreation program for ages 7-30, providing activities for those with special needs.  

BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps

Several locations, ages 8-19. Two-day and one-week sessions sports summer camps for youth with physical disabilities.   

Camp ASCCA – Easter Seals
Ages 6 and up. One-week sessions for people with disabilities. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, horseback riding and more.  

Camp Sparrowood
Ages 8+, one-week sessions for high functioning, special needs individuals. Includes nature activities, crafts, game, overnight campout, swimming.

Camp Twin Lakes
Ages 7+, traditional camp with swimming, sports, nature activities, canoeing, archery for campers with a variety of medical disabilities.  

Illinois  

Camp IndependenceRun by the YMCA of Metro Chicago and Illinois Spina Bifida Association
Overnight camp designed especially for people with spina bifida. Designed to learn self-care, develop new friendships, and try new adaptive sports.

Indiana

Camp Millhouse
Surrounded by 45 acres of woods, a residential camp for differently abled people of all ages.

Iowa

Camp Sunnyside
For children and adults with and without disabilities ages five and older, features an accessible indoor pool and the Meredith Tree House.

Camp High Hopes

Designed to offer a fun, safe, and adaptive recreational environment for people with disabilities, their friends, and families.

Kentucky

Center for Courageous Kids
Camp for children living with life threatening illnesses to have fun and forget about their everyday struggles. 

Maine  

Camp Waban
Summer camp for people with developmental disabilities and other special needs. Fully accessible, teambuilding, recreation and environmental education center for people of all abilities.  

Camp CaPella
Providing camp programs for children and adults with disabilities, and their families.

Pine Tree Society Camp
Offers seven six-day overnight sessions geared toward various ages and disabilities.

Maryland  

Camp Greentop
Year-round camping & therapeutic recreation program provides life-changing experiences in a safe environment for youth and adults with disabilities.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee

Accessible camping opportunity located near Chestertown, Maryland. Residential/recreational camp for ages 6 and up. 

Massachusetts

Camp Howe
Provides day, overnight, and weekly camping programs for persons of all ages with a primary focus on creating a community in which everyone is included and has a sense of belonging.  

Michigan

Bay Cliff Health Camp's Camp Independence
One-week camping program for adults with physical disabilities with a wide variety of activities and special events.

Bay Cliff Health Camp's Spina Bifida Family Camp
Camp for families of those with Spina Bifida. This year, it will take place in the fall. Dates to be announced. Follow link for more information.

Camp Grace Bentley Camp

Hosts campers with a range of physical and mental challenges ages 7-16.  

Minnesota

Camp Friendship, Camp Courage, Camp Courage North, Camp Eden Wood, Camp New Hope Providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. Follow link for more information and 2014 schedule.

Camp Fish Tales

Wheelchair-accessible camp on 67 acres devoted to providing a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges.

Mississippi

Camp Dream Street  
5-day, 4-night camping program for children with physical disabilities.

Missouri

Camp MITIOG
A week-long summer camp in Excelsior Springs, MO devoted to children living with spina bfiida. 

New Hampshire

Camp Allen
Private, non-profit, residential summer camp for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Located in Bedford, New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Camp Merry Heart
Recreation and activities for people of all ages and all types of disabilities and special needs in Hackettstown. http://www.easterseals.com/nj/our-programs/camping-recreation/camp-merry-heart.html 

Camp Chatterbox
 
Therapy camp for non-speaking or severely speech-impaired children, ages 5 -16, who functionally use synthesized augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.

New York

Camp Paquatuck  
Camp for children and young adults, ages 6-21, with physical and developmental disabilities.

Camp Anne
A fun-filled, loving, nurturing, and safe environment for children and adults who require various levels of support, and who may also have physical and/or medical needs.  

Camp Huntington

Offers therapeutic recreative programs during summer and weekends for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Southampton Fresh Air Home

Serving children ages 8 – 18, accommodating severely as well as mildly and moderately physically challenged children.

Double H Ranch Summer Camp
Camp for ages 6-16 dealing with critical or life-threatening illnesses giving them a chance to experience the magic of the Adirondacks.

Camp Oakhurst
Camp options for adults and children, available for those with physical or developmental disabilities to enjoy a memorable summer experience.   

North Carolina

Camp Carefree
Free one-week camping experience for kids with chronic illnesses including spina bifida and spinal cord disorders and injuries.

All Abilities Camp
Ages 5-16, open to children with and without disabilities. Campers participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, arts and crafts, and more.

Camp Free Spirit
Ages 2 and up, for those with physical or developmental disabilities. Day camp that uses outdoors and animals, especially horses, to teach individuals everyday living skills and an understanding of animals and the great outdoors.  

Camp Escape

Week-long camp located in Greenville, NC, for ages 5-21 with developmental or physical disabilities. 

Ohio

Camp Echoing Hills
Different camp opportunities for various age groups and mild to severe physical and/or developmental disabilities.   

Camp Cheerful  
Camp for children with disabilities and autism. Includes day camp, weekend respite camps, and more. Therapeutic horsemanship sessions are also offered year-round.

Oklahoma

Kamp Wildfire
Five-day retreat for children with spina bifida. Also open to children with Cerebral Palsy. Located in Pryor, OK.  

Camp ClapHans
Residential summer camp for children with disabilities for ages 8-16.   

Oregon

Camp Attitude  
Christian camp with a safe and inclusive environment for kids with special needs.

Camp Yakety Yak

A two-week, therapeutic day camp that helps children with special needs grow socially and emotionally by improving their communication skills.

Pennsylvania

FireFly Camps & Retreats
Provides year-round opportunities for personal development, skills building, and family respite for individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities.

Club LilyCamp
For adults 19 and up with any disability.

Camp Amp Camp
A week-long, co-ed overnight camp for children 7-17 with any disability.

York County Day Camp
A six-week York County day camp, specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21.

Dauphin County Day Camp
Three-week day camp specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21. 

Cumberland County Day Camp
Three-week, Cumberland County day camp, specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21. 

Adams County Day Camp
Three-week Adams County day camp, designed for those with disabilities in a therapeutic environment.

Camp Woodlands
Camps available for children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses.  

Camp Spifida
A camp for children with spina bifida ages 6-18. A week full of fun activities like arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, patoon boat rides, hayrides, ropes course, climbing wall and more.   


South Dakota  

Spirit Camp
Designed to enhance self-confidence and improve independence.

Texas

Camp John Marc
Six-day residential camp for children with Spina Bifida ages 8 to 15. 

Camp For All – camp LIFE
Created to promote an inclusive environment for all kids accepting children with a variety of special needs including, but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and more. 

Camp That Love Built
Completely adaptive summer camp that gives those with Spina Bifida opportunities for independence and FUN!

Utah

Camp Kostopulos
Dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the medium of recreation and leisure education. Offers fishing, horse riding, swimming, campouts, arts and crafts, rop course, and more.

Virginia

Camp Easter Seals UCP
Camp designed to offer children and adults with disabilities the opportunities for sing-a-longs and talent shows to canoeing, nature walks, swimming and arts and crafts.

Washington  

Easter Seals Camp - Stand By Me
Fully accessible recreational camp for children and adults with any disability.

Camp Holiday Trails
A camp for children with special health needs. http://www.campholidaytrails.org
 
Outdoors for All Summer Day Camps
Provides an active camp environment for children with and without disabilities ages 5-21.

Camp Prime Time
A camp for terminally ill and disabled children and their families. http://www.campprimetime.org/  

West Virginia

Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp
Held at Cedar Lakes in Ripley for ages 8-18. Swimming, socialization skills, sports and more. http://wvats.cedwvu.org/summer-activities.php  

Wisconsin 

Badger Camp
Provides a positive natural environment where individuals with developmental challenges can learn about their surroundings and realize their full potential.

Although the contents of this list are believed to be reliable when posted, 180 Medical cannot guarantee this information to be current, accurate or complete. Please contact the organization holding the camp for additional details regarding the events.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and 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: Confirmations Specialist

by Jessica July 1, 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 2013.

This month, we're excited to feature Jamie, who works in the Confirmations Specialist position.



What do you do as a Confirmation Specialist?  
As a Confirmations Specialist, I do many different tasks on a daily basis. My top priority is getting in touch with our customers to confirm their next order. Some of our other tasks include working on increased prescriptions, and obtaining documentation that lets us provide advanced products for our customers.  I also work on prior authorizations, ABN renewals, and I am privileged to be one of the trainers for the department!

What do you love most about 180 Medical?
The environment. We just have the best people working together.  We are so team-oriented and strive to provide the best customer service. 180 Medical has many unique qualities, differing from our fundraising techniques to how we celebrate meeting our goals. I have had some of the most delectable treats since I have been a part of the 180 family! And who doesn’t like watching your fellow 180ers get a pie in the face (it was for a good cause, I promise!)? Also, I love the laid back feel of the office since we are able to dress casually. I have successfully obtained a neat t-shirt in almost every color!    

Anything you’d say to someone thinking about applying for a job here?
180 Medical Best Places To Work 2013 
I would say DO IT! It will be one of the best decisions you have made. I am so thankful every day for the relationships that I have made with our customers, as well as my teammates. The sweets and different treats are just an added bonus! I am actually excited to come into the office and see what the day holds in store. Not many people have the privilege of saying that and actually meaning it.  

What's one of your favorite stories of how you helped a customer or a fellow employee here?
 
Being on the front lines and speaking with our customers every day, I have been able to hear many stories. I called a customer one day, and before I could tell him who I was he shouts, “I am so glad you caught me!” He went on to tell me that he had barely been at home between taking care of arranging two different funerals, but that he needed his supplies, so I confirmed his order. I went on to tell him that we extend our condolences to the family and that if he needed anything, to just give me a call. His next response brought tears to my eyes. He said that we aren’t just a company to him, but we are more like family. He let me know that we have always been there for him each month and had never let him down. It’s the little things like this that make me LOVE what I do.

 
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

I love working on cars, playing softball and taking my two dogs to the lake. I also enjoy concerts and watching sports. I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life, so with that comes being an OU fan. Let’s face it, no one is better. 

What's one of your favorite quote that keeps you inspired?
A quote that I look to a lot would be: “Neither success nor failures are an accident.”  

Thanks to Jamie, and all the Confirmations Specialists who play such an integral role in the company. If you're interested in a job at 180 Medical, check out available 180 Medical jobs and apply today!




About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for almost 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and 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.