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Recognizing Veterans Day at 180 Medical

by Jessica November 10 2017 14:43
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November 11th is Veterans Day, and this month is National Veterans and Military Families Month, a time dedicated to recognize and honor all our service men and women and what they have done for us and our country.

Celebrating Veterans Day

At 180 Medical, we have many former military members as employees. Even the CEO of our company was in the Air Force. We're truly honored to have so many wonderful, hard-working people with backgrounds of service in nearly every branch of the United States military, including the Marines, Army National Guard, the Navy, and more.

We always like to do what we can to make Veterans Day a special time of recognition at 180 Medical, not just for our own veterans working at 180 Medical, but for all veterans and those still serving our great nation. Last year on our company blog, we featured two of our veteran employees, Pat and Kathy, and this year, we are featuring two more: Melanie and Bill.

We hope you enjoy reading about their time in service and how it affected them personally and professionally.

Meet Melanie, Healthcare Network Development Manager

180 medical air force veteran melanieMelanie has been with 180 Medical for over 7 years. Currently, she works in the Compliance and Contracting department as our Healthcare Network Development Manager.

Melanie, what made you decide to join the military?
 
I wanted to serve my country and obtain an education at the same time. Because of the great benefits of schooling that the United States Air Force provides, I was able to complete my Bachelor's Degree. 

Why did you end up choosing to join the Air Force? 
My dad had been in the Air Force, and it just seemed like the right choice for me. Originally, I planned to only serve for 4 years, but then I got the opportunity to become a USAF Instructor, and I enjoyed it so much that I stayed for 10 years!

Did you receive any honors for your service?
Yes, I did. I received medals and commendations, but the one I was most excited and honored to receive was when I was awarded Airman of the Year for the Air Education and Training Command. 

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How did your time in military service affect your life and future career here at 180 Medical?
While in the military, I learned the meaning of integrity, teamwork, and compassion, which are all important values both in life and definitely at 180 Medical. I owe much of my career and life successes to the Air Force. 

I also made a lot of friends, who I continue to stay in touch with, thanks to Facebook!


Meet Bill, National Licensing & Facilities Manager

180 medical air force veteran billBill has worked for 180 Medical for over a decade. In fact, he recently celebrated his 11 year anniversary with 180 Medical last month! Currently, Bill works as our National Licensing and Facilities Manager. 

Bill, why did you choose to join the military?
 

I lived in a small town, and at the time, I wasn't too excited about going to the local college. I was ready to get out of the same place I'd been for much of my life, and I wanted to get out and see and do new things. I had a few friends who joined the United States Air Force about a year before I did, and it sounded like something I wanted to do. So I joined up and I stayed!

How did your experiences during that time affect your life? 
Well, when you join up at seventeen years old and you're 3,000 miles away from all your friends and family, you learn to grow up pretty fast! I was working alongside and living with all types of different people from all walks of life. It really helped me better understand the world and people, and it also helped me learn to get along with others and understand the problems that others have and deal with.

What interesting places did you get to travel to and see during your service?
I was stationed in Alaska, Connecticut, New Mexico (twice), and Massachusetts. I got to travel and see a lot of New England, the Southwest, and Midwest of the United States, and I got see travel and see England too. My favorite place I was stationed was at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. One time, I saw a polar bear right outside my kitchen window while I was living there!

180 medical air force vet bill and friendsHow did  your experience in service with the Air Force affect your life?
It affected my life in a great way. It made me see that God and family are the most important things in life. Understanding people's ways and concerns will take you far in life. It helped me learn to not take things for granted. Things don't come easy without a little sweat and tears.

I'm lucky to have made a lot of close friends during my time in service. Too many to name them all. They just become a part of your family. I even work alongside a few of them here at 180 Medical.

Overall, it was a great career. Some of the jobs I held during my time include Air Force Security Police and a Recruiter. I've been retired for 22 years now. I'm glad it's a part of my life and my history, and I'm very proud to have had the chance to serve my country for so long. 


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It's almost impossible to find the right words to thank those who have given so much of their lives and their time in service to our great nation. They do so much for us and our country, and we're blessed to be able to live in a free country, thanks to the sacrifices and service of our veterans. So, from all of us at 180 Medical, thank you so much to all of our veterans and soldiers still in service! 

Chances are that you know a veteran too, whether a co-worker, friend, family member, or loved one. Let's all take a moment to thank them and let them know what their service means to you as well as our country. 


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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.


Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week at 180 Medical

by Jessica November 10 2017 05:42
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In keeping with one of 180 Medical's guiding principles of integrity and encouraging our employees to always do the right thing and operate by a strong code of ethics, we have been participating in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Health Care Compliance Association's annual Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week (November 5-11, 2017). 


180 Medical's Integrity Sets Us Apart

Part of 180 Medical's foundation, something we call "the 180 Way," is integrity. At our company, integrity is emphasized in every department and in all our daily responsibilities and tasks. One department in particular, our Compliance and Contracting Department, is responsible for keep us up to date and on track with the latest regulations and insurance guidelines, as well as complying with regular internal and external audits.

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Even when it takes more time and effort on our part, we do what’s right every single time – not only for our own company, but for our customers, as well as all of the nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals and associates at the facilities with which we have developed relationships. Not many companies today will go as far as we do to help others. 180 Medical is in network with thousands of insurance plans, but when someone has a plan that is not already within our growing network, we have a special department just for finding a company that is, all while giving a top-notch customer service experience during the transfer process. We also make sure to get all necessary documentation for each and every one of our customers.

180 medical better business bureau accreditedBecause of our dedication to following the strictest guidelines, we are nationally accredited by the ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care). In 2016, we were honored with the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics, which was created to recognize companies that go above and beyond with the best practices in integrity and ethics. 

Each day, we all do what we can in order to exemplify what 180 Medical stands for, whether we are serving each other with kindness in the workplace, offering a listening ear and building rapport with our customers, or going the extra mile to make sure we have all of the documentation on hand that our customers' individual and varied insurance policies require. We feel that our unique story and our daily dedication to the 5 parts of the 180 Way is part of what keeps us a top provider of intermittent catheter and ostomy supplies.


Celebrating Compliance & Ethics Week 180-Style

With this week being the official HCCA Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week, the great people in our Compliance Department decided to make this week both educational and fun for everyone here.

hcca corporate compliance ethics week 2017 logoOn Monday, we wore blue to keep in mind the official of Compliance Awareness. Tuesday was Hat Day. On Wednesday, we were encouraged to dress professionally versus our typical workplace casual attire for Dress for Success Day, and on Thursday, we celebrated with one of our favorite annual "fun days," Pajama Day. 

Throughout the week, the Compliance and Contracting Department also organized scavenger hunts and bingo games, centered around trivia related to 180 Medical policies and procedures as well as compliance and ethics. This has been topped off with prizes as well as a few trips by everyone's desks to offer some tasty and healthy snacks to keep us going through the workweek.

Our entire company also had the chance to take part in voting for one of our employees our of multiple nominees who really shows a strong spirit of integrity and ethics at 180 Medical. This honor went to Lauren, one of our Billing Specialists. The co-worker who nominated her says, "Lauren remains ethical and honest in all her day-to-day decisions. She is quick to question anything that may not be compliant and shows high integrity."

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Congratulations, Lauren! We're proud of you, as well as each one of our employees who work hard every day to exemplify the 180 Way.

As our Compliance and Contracting Department continues to work hard to keep our workplace updated with the latest insurance guidelines and compliance and ethics policies, we here at 180 Medical will continue to strive to do our best in every situation for you.


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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.


Honoring Urology Nurses & Associates Week

by Jessica November 7 2017 05:47
At 180 Medical, we like to make sure we take time to recognize the hard work, care, and dedication that urology nurses and associates give in their jobs day in and day out. This week, in particular, is of great importance, because from November 1st to the 7th, it's Urology Nurses and Associates Week, a time to honor all of the contributions that urology professionals have made as well as the positive impact they make on their patients' lives.



Urology nurses, assistants, doctors, and associates play a crucial role in the care of their patients' overall well-being. It takes a truly compassionate person to care about their patients' health and listen to them when they discuss the symptoms they're having, which can sometimes feel embarrassing or difficult to talk about due to the private nature of some urological conditions. Being empathetic and kind is just as big a part of their job as it is to be fully trained and knowledgeable about the various conditions that can affect their patients, such as neurogenic bladder, prostate cancer, incontinence, bladder retention, urinary tract infections, and other illnesses that may affect any part or the whole of the urinary system.

urology nurses associates week 2017  180 medical rep quoteWhether they work in roles with surgery, office visits, testing, or even demonstrating to their patient how to use an intermittent catheter for the very first time, urology nurses and associates all have important roles in healthcare, and that's why Urology Nurses and Associates Week was established back in 2006 by the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA). 180 Medical is a proud corporate sponsor of SUNA, and we are glad to do what we can to raise awareness and recognize the incredible importance of the work they do.

"Urology nurses often tell me that they want their patients to feel like family, not just another patient or a number, and I'm happy to work for a company that feels the same way," says Krista Howard, one of 180 Medical's Urology Territory Specialists. "When they refer their patients to 180 Medical, they know they will receive the same level of care and compassion that urology nurses give every day in their jobs."

Since we provide intermittent catheters, urostomy supplies, and other urological supplies, we regularly interact with urology offices and the nurses at these great facilities. We feel honored to be chosen as a preferred provider for their patients' much-needed medical supplies, and we're proud to act as an extension of all of the urology nurses, doctors, and associates at their facilities by offering their patients the right supplies they need to turn their lives around, alongside superior customer service and the kind of compassion we know our customers deserve.

If your life has been touched by a urology nurse or associate, we encourage you to reach out and let them know about the positive impact they made on you during a time when you needed a kind word and a helping hand during this week. They truly deserve recognition for all the hard work they do.


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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.

 

Spina Bifida Won't Stop Frank's Goals to Become a Phys Ed Teacher

by Jessica November 3 2017 13:53


Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the seven 2017 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. Our scholarship program was first established by 180 Medical's founder, Todd Brown, and since that time five years ago, we have worked hard to maintain his vision by being diligent and careful as we read through all the many inspiring essays and applications sent in each year. It's never easy to narrow it down to just seven finalists, but we're positive this year's scholarship awards are awarded to some amazing students who are ready to make their mark on the world.

Last month, we introduced the first of our 2017 recipients, Megha. This week, meet Frank! 

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Growing Up With Spina Bifida

Frank has had a lot of battles to fight since the day he was born with Spina Bifida. From the moment he arrived in the world, he needed immediate surgery on the sac on his back and the exposed muscles and nerves of his spine, but Frank says his mother has been there for him every step of the way as a big motivator.

"My mom worked hard to help my disability become a way of life and not a big deal." She was even the reason he originally got involved in his true passion: Shotokan Karate back in 2007.

Finding a Passion for Martial Arts

The karate instructor speaks incredibly highly of Frank in regards to his extraordinary character and his "overwhelming desire to learn and expand his knowledge by participating in any extracurricular events, such as clinics or tournaments that may aid in his growth as both an individual and a Martial Artist."

Every day, whether at school or practicing karate, he shows a passion and spirit that not many can match, and because of his dedication to his practice, Frank is now a black belt and still practices this form of martial arts at least four times a week. He says that it is a huge part of why he felt he was able to grow stronger and become self-disciplined. 

One of his favorite things to do is volunteer to mentor younger students where he practices karate. His extraordinary kindness, willingness to listen, and patience what really stand out about Frank to the children he teaches who may have special needs or disabilities. According to his karate instructor, "Frank is loved and respected by all of the students and parents with whom he comes into contact, likely because he gives all of himself to assisting his classmates and has a true passion for whatever goals he pursues." 

frank karate spina bifidaNeedless to say, we here at 180 Medical are truly impressed by Frank's dedication. He's a student that represents so many aspects of the characteristics our company aspires to achieve every day in what we do through his compassion, integrity, and his willingness to serve others. 

Turning a Passion into a Career

In fact, that is a big part of Frank's ultimate career goal, which he is working toward now at Kingsborough Community College. He is working toward becoming a Physical Education teacher for the Department of Education, and he wants to work with children with Spina Bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other physical challenges that keep them from being able to attend regular gym class in school. 

Frank says, "I love being a role model to younger students. It makes me feel good, and I believe teaching will give me the same satisfaction."

Frank, everyone at 180 Medical is rooting for you to keep moving forward toward achieving your goals. We know that thanks to your dedication and kindness, you will surely positively affect other children by showing them that sports and physical activities don't have to be off limits just because of a disability or a physical challenge. Good luck in your first semester of school! 

About the 180 Medical Scholarship

We hope you enjoy reading a little bit about each of this year's scholarship recipients throughout the coming months as we feature them on our blog and our social media accounts. Feel free to check out past year's recipients on our blog. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on this and many more fun company events, educational topics, awareness, careers at 180 Medical, and more! 

180 Medical is honored to be able to offer a scholarship program each year to help students living with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), and/or a neurogenic bladder. College costs are a lot to manage on their own, but we know there are often extra financial burdens on aspiring students who live with these medical conditions, so that's why 180 Medical created this program.

Find out more details at our Scholarship page, and watch for coming announcements about the 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship later this year.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.

 

What Is Neurogenic Bladder?

by Jessica October 31 2017 06:36
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If you think you have neurogenic bladder, you should know that you are certainly not alone. Neurogenic bladder can happen to anyone at any age from newborns to senior citizens. While millions of people in the United States live with neurogenic bladder, we understand it can feel like a sensitive topic to discuss. Read on to find out the answers to some of your questions about neurogenic bladder. 

What Causes Neurogenic Bladder?

Neurogenic bladder is typically caused by another condition that affects the nerves of the bladder and/or the way the urinary system functions, including difficulty controlling when and how the bladder stores or releases urine. A number of different conditions could potentially cause neurogenic bladder, including the fmollowing:

  • Spina bifida 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries or spinal nerve trauma
  • Nerve damage from pelvic/abdominal surgery

What Are the Symptoms of Neurogenic Bladder?

Typically, the symptoms vary from person to person. It will likely depend on the extent of nerve damage. There are sub-categories of neurogenic bladder, which are Overactive Bladder and Underactive Bladder. Some people present with symptoms of their bladder being both overactive and underactive. 

An overactive bladder will typically present with symptoms of leakage of urine or more severe incontinence, depending on the severity of the condition. There may be issues with frequent urination, or feeling the need to go to the bathroom multiple times, whether it's daytime or at night. 

An underactive bladder doesn't release urine the way it should, which means the muscles around the bladder or the urethra may stay tightened rather than relaxing to allow the bladder to fully empty. 

living with neurogenic bladderHaving symptoms like these may make you want to isolate yourself or back out of activities because of anxiety about possible leaks or frequent trips to the restroom. Untreated neurogenic bladder can put a kink in plans and keep you from doing things you normally enjoy doing.  You might even be dealing with some fatigue if you have to get up frequently during the night due to an overactive bladder or occasional unexpected messes.

Urinary tract infections or bladder infections can also occur if the bladder is not fully emptying, and depending on your symptoms, if left untreated, it could potentially cause more severe infections or even kidney damage. This is why seeking treatment is so important.

What is the Treatment for Neurogenic Bladder?

Whatever the cause, we understand that having a neurogenic bladder can significantly impact your quality of life. That's why it's so important to schedule an appointment with a urologist or your general health practitioner as soon as possible when you notice any strange symptoms impacting your bladder's health. Fast treatment may be able to prevent kidney damage or other issues. Your doctor will likely review your medical history, go over any recent possible injuries or other physical symptoms you may have had, and order several tests to determine the cause. 

treatment of neurogenic bladderIf you are diagnosed with neurogenic bladder, know that there are plenty of options for treatment that can help, many of which could be as simple as basic lifestyle changes, depending on the severity of your condition. Your doctor is the right person to go to for this information, and they will be able to suggest the treatments that they determine may be right for your individual needs, your medical history, and your preferences.

Some options for treating neurogenic bladder may include but are not limited to:

  • Medication
  • Scheduled intermittent catheterization
  • Dietary and fluid intake changes
  • Bladder augmentation
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Urinary diversion

Intermittent catheters are commonly used to aid urination and improve day-to-day life. Catheterization may help you gain back a sense of independence, and you may feel less anxious about potential messes or not being able to urinate on your own when you know you have the right amount of sterile catheters on hand, no matter where you go. 

In cases where the doctor determines that the dysfunction of the bladder is severe enough, it may warrant a procedure known as a urostomy, which creates an artificial opening known as a stoma so the urine can be diverted and emptied from the body more efficiently. If you end up undergoing a urostomy procedure, you'll need urostomy supplies.

At 180 Medical, we specialize in both intermittent catheters and ostomy products, and we like to treat every customer like a member of our own family. When you call our team of specialists, you can feel confident knowing that we'll listen to your needs and preferences while treating your sensitive situation with the compassion and care that you deserve.

Contact us today!

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What are the Basics of Clean Intermittent Catheterization?

by Jessica October 13 2017 05:29
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If you or someone you care for requires the use of a urinary catheter to empty the bladder, you should know the basics of intermittent catheterization. Intermittent catheterization is necessary when someone cannot empty their bladder completely. 

Reasons People Need to Use Catheters

child in wheelchair There are a number of conditions that could require intermittent catheterization, and people of all ages from newborn children to senior citizens use urinary catheters. Some may need to catheterize due to a condition like Spina Bifida or a spinal cord injury, which can affect the nerves controlling the bladder (neurogenic bladder). Other reasons to cath include multiple sclerosis, a stroke, bladder retention, incontinence, and other related conditions that may affect the bladder or urinary system.

Intermittent urinary catheters can be life-saving for those who have no ability to release urine naturally. If the bladder does not completely empty, a number of complications could occur, including infections that could become severe if left untreated.

Clean Intermittent Catheterization 101

The first thing to know is that not every catheterization schedule fits every single person. Depending on how much urine is retained or how severe their condition is, a person might need to self-catheterize anywhere from a few times a week to multiple times every day. The best way to go about finding out what self-catheterization regimen is going to work best for your individual needs, please consult with your urologist, primary care physician, or other prescribing healthcare professional for the type and size of catheter best suited for your anatomy. They will also be able to tell you how often you will need to cath and if this is a long-term or short-term need. 

Once you have that down, there are a few things to know to successfully cath. Whenever possible, try to catheterize in a clean environment. We know you can't always guarantee the sterility of the restrooms you're at when in public, at work, at school, or on vacation, so a product like a hydrophilic catheter or a closed system catheter may help reduce the risk of infection by keeping your hands off of the catheter tube itself as well as making the process more comfortable and well-lubricated. 

A few supplies you may want to keep on hand include:
  • Your catheter
  • A discreet bag for disposal (if you wish to maintain privacy in a public restroom setting)
  • Insertion supplies that may further help reduce the risk of infection such as gloves, an underpad, and disinfecting wipes
  • Soap and a clean water supply to wash your hands before and after catheterization
  • Lubrication (depending on the type of catheter you use)

catheter insertion suppliesYou should wash your hands thoroughly with warm or hot water and soap before you begin handling the catheter. Using gloves or disinfecting wipes can also further help prevent contamination from any bacteria or other germs on your hands, and this may reduce your chances of getting a urinary tract infection. 

For more detailed instructions on how to catheterize, check out our handy step-by-step cathing instructions, available for men, women, and children too.

What Else to Know About Catheters?

Intermittent catheters are single-use devices, which means that should be used only once and then thrown away. This helps to prevent contamination and infection. The bacteria and pathogens left behind on or inside the catheter can cause illness if re-inserted into the body, and professional and home cleanings are generally not able to fully sterilize intermittent catheters. This is why it's best to always practice good hygiene with a new, sterile catheter and accessories every time, and never re-use a catheter to help prevent the risks of infection.

At 180 Medical, we care about your health and your safety, so we offer a number of helpful resources to assist you as you begin using an intermittent catheter. For other questions, we encourage you to contact our team of Customer Specialists today!


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Megha's Experience with Spina Bifida Influences Her Future Goals

by Jessica October 11 2017 05:50
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On August 1st, we officially announced the seven 2017 180 Medical College Scholarship recipients. Since 2012, when our scholarship program was first established by our founder, Todd Brown, we have been diligent in taking care and time to read through all of the amazing essays sent in by our applicants. As always, it was difficult for our Scholarship Committee to narrow it down to just seven people in the end, as there are so many inspiring students ready to make their impact on the world, but we are so proud to be able to offer this well-deserved scholarship award to the finalists.

Today, meet Megha, the first of our 2017 recipients to be featured on our blog!

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Megha was born with Spina Bifida, which is one of the most common neural tube defects at birth. According to the CDC, about 1,500 babies are born each year with spina bifida. Spina Bifida doesn't present exactly the same conditions in every single person, depending upon the severity. In Megha's case, she was undiagnosed for nearly a year and a half before her parents found out that she had Spina Bifida. Because of their great love for their daughter, they left everything they had ever known in India after her diagnosis and immigrated to the United States to get the best medical care for Megha.
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Despite having a condition that requires her to use crutches and ankle-foot orthotics, Megha says that her parents kept their expectations high for her in every aspect. Through their guidance and her experiences at school, she came to a realization that "the only obstacles that really mattered were the obstacles I created in my mind." Even with 3 major surgeries that kept her out of school for months each time, she never let it hold her back from her biggest goal: working toward a career in medicine. 

A huge influence on Megha's life and her decision to pursue a career as a doctor was her Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon. "I was always amazed how he had the ability to give children a much better quality of life," Megha says. That combined with his clear dedication to perfection in surgery as well as the way he treated her really contributed to narrowing down her career choice.

As she works toward that goal, majoring in Biology with focus on pre-med, she keeps a set of clear goals for herself to meet before finally graduating and moving on to medical school. She also wants to join the Peace Corps, because she has a dream to help other young children living with disabilities in other countries.

megha graduates 2017 spina bifida scholarshipMegha's drive to succeed is truly impressive, but we're especially moved by her dedication to use her career and her experiences to help and heal others.

Good luck in your first semester of school at the University of Virginia, Megha! We're excited to see how you will positively impact the world in the future!

We hope you enjoy reading a little bit about each of this year's scholarship recipients throughout the coming months as we feature them on our blog and our social media accounts. Feel free to check out past year's recipients on our blog. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on this and many more fun company events, educational topics, awareness, careers at 180 Medical, and more! 

180 Medical is honored to be able to offer a scholarship program each year to help students living with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, ostomies (ileostomy, urostomy, and/or colostomy), and/or a neurogenic bladder. College costs are a lot to manage on their own, but we know there are often extra financial burdens on aspiring students who live with these medical conditions, so that's why 180 Medical created this program. Find out more details at our Scholarship page, and watch for coming announcements about the 2018 180 Medical College Scholarship later this year.

Did you know that October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month?

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares both for its employees and its customers.

 

180 Medical Named One of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for 8th Year

by Jessica October 4 2017 05:59
For the 8th year, 180 Medical was once again named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017. We're not only proud but also incredibly honored to find out at the recent Best Places to Work banquet that we were ranked 7th among large employers in the state. 

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The Best Places to Work awards were created by the Oklahoma-based publication, The Journal Record, in combination with the Best Companies Group in order to honor and recognize the Oklahoma businesses that go above and beyond. Many industries were included in the deliberation, including finance, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, non-profit, and more. 

In a detailed process of collection of data from the many entrants and analyzing anonymous feedback from employees in surveys, the awards are given based on the workplaces which clearly exhibit the most satisfied employees and the best practices to create a positive, safe culture.

"The real honor in this ranking is that it is based directly on feedback from our own employees. To rank so highly among the many workplaces in Oklahoma is a testament of just how awesome 180 Medical is," says Angie Christopher, HR Director at 180 Medical. "We truly care about making 180 Medical a place where people with big hearts and a good work ethic can enrich their careers and lives."

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Mark Jassey, COO of 180 Medical, says, "We’re so glad to be able to continue to honor Todd’s original vision for this company when he first founded it fifteen years ago. It’s amazing to witness the company’s growth, but even more humbling when we consider just how many people we have been able to help over the years, thanks to the solid foundation of compassion and integrity that Todd built this company on in 2002.” 

We're happy and proud to stand among the best in Oklahoma! 

Are you seeking a job where you can develop your skills while helping others in a positive, team environment? Apply to be a part of the 180 family at www.180medical.com/careers


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Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day Honored at 180 Medical

by Jessica September 29 2017 05:13
This is our second year at 180 Medical to set aside a special day to honor all those living with spinal cord injuries, including many of our patients, family, and friends, as well as our founder Todd Brown. We like to take time to do what we can to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries both in and outside of work, and our Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day gave our employees an opportunity to not only help raise funds to directly benefit people living with spinal cord injuries but also experience firsthand what it's like to maneuver around the workplace in a wheelchair. 

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Representing in Green

We all made it a point to wear green on SCI Day. Some of us wore green t-shirts or cardigans, even green pants and glasses frames, and others went all the way and wore as much green as they could! One of our employees even dyed his beard green for the day.

We felt that wearing green, which is the official color for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness, would be a great way to show our support and join in solidarity as a group for the cause.

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Raising Funds for the Spinal Cord Injured

Part of the fun of SCI Day was our lunchtime fundraiser, which was held at both our warehouse and our main headquarters locations here in Oklahoma City. Everyone enjoyed a few slices of pizza and brownies, and it was even more delicious knowing we were raising funds for a great cause.

Together, as a company, all employees were given the opportunity to vote which organization we want to support with this year's SCI Day Pizza & Brownie Fundraiser. We were excited to find out that by the end of the day, we had raised over $500, which will directly go to benefit people with spinal cord injuries at the organization, Will2Walk.

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SCI Day Wheelchair Challenge

As part of our Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, we wanted to give our employees a chance to take the Wheelchair Challenge and spend time during the day in a manual wheelchair. Since our company specializes in intermittent catheters and related urological supplies, along with ostomy supplies, we interact regularly with many customers who live with spinal cord injuries and use catheters daily.

We truly care about each of our customers as if they were a part of our 180 family, and it's important for us to take time to know as much as we can about spinal cord injuries as well as the challenges that those living with SCI face on a regular basis.

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Even though our employees were only able to get a half hour of maneuvering around in a wheelchair to make sure everyone who signed up had a chance, the impact it made was clear! Every person learned something from their experience.

Some of the biggest challenges that our many participants discovered were getting in and out of the handicapped stall in the bathroom, holding and carrying food and drinks, trying to get items from shelves, getting on and off the elevator, maneuvering through doorways, and going any place outside, especially uphill ramps and inclines.

Brent, one of our Documentation Specialists, discovered first-hand how difficult getting around and completing daily tasks can be from the seat of a wheelchair. He says, "I see now more than ever how someone with a spinal cord injury must be incredibly strong, both mentally and physically. I respect them very much." 

sci connectionThere were many challenges that some told us they had never considered before, like opening a refrigerator door and getting items out or even going to the restroom.

Amanda from our Accounting department learned that, "I have full advantage of what appears to be the simplest tasks, like reaching the top shelves in the break room, using the stairs, walking across the sidewalk without running into things. I feel truly honored to work for a company that takes the extra step to help support those with spinal cord injuries and other conditions."

Customer Specialist Meghan said she found going uphill the most trying challenge, but her personal experience was really moving and brings to light one of the big issues that many living with spinal cord injuries face. "It takes a lot of work just moving around. Without the help of others, it can feel very isolating," she told us.

This is such a big part of why we want to raise awareness. We want those living with spinal cord injuries to know they are not alone! There are support groups and great in-person communities that those with spinal cord injuries can join, and there are activities like adaptive sports, arts, and crafts that many can still participate in, depending on their injury level. 

Greg, also one of our Customer Specialists, summed up what he learned with four simple but serious words: "Take nothing for granted."

This year really helped many more of us realize just a fraction of the challenges that those living with spinal cord injuries face, and we were all happy to do our part in raising awareness. Overall, SCI Day at 180 Medical was once again a fun and educational time that allowed us all a chance to participate and give back during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.


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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Interstitial Cystitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome Awareness Month

by admin September 27 2017 07:33
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September is Interstitial Cystitis and Bladder Pain Syndrome Awareness Month, and we want to take time to discuss the importance of spreading awareness and share some vital information that could potentially help others who are living with this condition. Bladder health is a big focus here at 180 Medical. Many of our customers live with conditions that require them to use catheters, such as spinal cord injuries, neurogenic bladder, bladder retention or incontinence, and sometimes Interstitial Cystitis (also called Bladder Pain Syndrome, or BPS), among many other reasons.

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Interstitial Cystitis can happen to anyone, although it tends to occur more frequently in women rather than men, and it happened to me. 

My name is Trish, and I have worked for 180 Medical for over 6 years. I live with Interstitial Cystitis as well as Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Let me tell you a bit about this condition and why awareness is so important.

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

According to the Interstitial Cystitis Association, about 4 million Americans are living with IC. Some of the symptoms of IC can be similar to other issues and conditions, so it can take time to diagnose, but here are some of the main identifying symptoms to watch out for:

  • Pain and/or pressure in the bladder and/or pelvic area
  • Urgency and frequency of urination
  • Lack of infection and negative cultures, despite exhibiting symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Spasms
  • Burning sensation
  • Nocturia (urge to urinate at night)
  • Painful intercourse

How Is Interstitial Cystitis Treated?

While currently there is no known cure, there are a variety of treatments that may make symptoms more manageable. A few options include:
  • Avoid triggering foods and follow the IC Diet or your doctor's recommendations for a diet regimen
  • Botox injections in the bladder
  • Physical therapy
  • Neuromodulation, which is electrical nerve stimulators that send mild pulses to the nerves in the lower back to help relieve chronic pain and/or assist in urinary function
  • Over-the-counter medicine (consider your doctor's advice on which types or brands to seek out)
  • Antidepressants
  • Pain management 
  • Surgical procedures
  • Bladder instillations

My Experience With Bladder Instillations

I have had some success with controlling my Interstitial Cystitis with diet and medication, but recently, my symptoms worsened. My urologist recommended bladder instillations as a treatment option, which is a drug therapy method where an anti-inflammatory combination of medication (Heparin, lidocaine, and sodium bicarbonate) is inserted directly into the bladder via a catheter to reduce irritation. The in-office treatments were scheduled for once a week five weeks in a row.

It took about four instillations before I noticed a difference in my symptoms, but everyone is different. Some people might need only one instillation per week, like me, while others might require more instillations per week or over a longer period of time. People who self-cath and receive intermittent catheters may be able to administer the bladder instillation treatments at home if approved by their doctor. Your urologist or other prescribing healthcare professional will be able to come up with the best plan for your individual needs.

Awareness About Interstitial Cystitis Helps

living with interstitial cystitisBecause some of the symptoms of IC mimic other conditions, not everyone who lives with it knows they have it. Sometimes, people just don't want to address this condition with a doctor due to its nature. However, the more we all do our part in spreading awareness, the stigma surrounding issues with the bladder will lessen, and more people will feel comfortable talking about their symptoms. And the sooner they can be diagnosed, the sooner they can seek some relief in treatment. 

If you think you might have Interstitial Cystitis, talk to your doctor. They're here to help. Your prescribing healthcare professional will be able to talk over some of your options and get you back to living life as normally as possible again. 

Know that you are not at all alone, and there are resources available to you for learning and connecting with a vast network of others who are dealing with symptoms like yours. In the meantime, thanks to raising awareness about this condition, research for a cure and better treatment options continues, and there are some clinical trials underway which will be testing possible new treatments for IC. There is hope ahead!

If you have begun to use intermittent catheters as a related aid to your condition, 180 Medical is here to offer you quality catheter supplies and a listening ear. We have a wide selection from all of the top catheter manufacturers. Contact one of our highly-trained specialists today, and we’ll be glad to help you get set up on the right catheter for your individual needs.


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About the Author: 

Trish has worked for 180 Medical for seven years as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and daughters.