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6th Annual GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 25 2014 15:00
The 6th Annual GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) has come and gone, and what a fun time it was for everyone who attended to help support this awesome organization! This event raises awareness and funds to support disabled athletes in purchasing specialized sports equipment and traveling for various sporting events. GODSA is an organization that offers various adaptive sports options for Oklahoma athletes, including kayaking, hockey, basketball and more!

This is the 4th consecutive year that 180 Medical has attended and supported the event, and we once again had a team of our own 180 Medical employees to play and show support for disabled athletes.


Everyone always has a blast, and this year was no different! We showed up and cheered for the teams, including GODSA's The Blaze, a team comprised of athletes in wheelchairs.



It was a great time, and we already can't wait for next year's tournament!

Learn more about GODSA at their official site: www.godsa.org.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

180 Medical's Annual Biggest Loser Competition Ends With Exciting Results

by Jessica April 7 2014 12:25
Every year, 180 Medical hosts a "Biggest Loser" competition as a fun and positive way to encourage all employees to keep a healthy lifestyle.

All in all, we had a great participation this year with 68 employees in the contest, working hard to lose weight and get fit. Everyone who took part really gave it their best this year, and the proof is in the numbers!

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Congratulations to all of this year's "losers!" It will be easy to keep that hard-earned healthy lifestyle all year at 180 Medical, voted one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma, with the onsite gym to work out in and the healthy snacks like fresh fruit and almonds in our break rooms. 

This annual competition is just one example of 180 Medical's great work environment.

Interested in having a job you love? Check out a career at 180 Medical!


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

180 Medical Employees Give Blood to Save Lives

by Jessica March 7 2014 15:23

Earlier this week, 180 Medical partnered with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to offer our employees a chance to volunteer to give blood. This is just one of the many ways that we at 180 Medical get to change lives and give back to the community.

According to the Red Cross, just one person's donation can save up to 3 lives! And one of the main reasons for giving blood is the desire to help others. That kind of thinking fits perfectly with 180 Medical's philosophy of helping others and turning lives around, so as usual, many of our employees jumped at the chance to help out.

In honor of each donor, a monetary gift to the Global Blood Fund was also made, which supports blood centers that may lack equipment and supplies.

Do you want the chance to save lives too? Find your local blood donation center at www.redcrossblood.org.

Resources:
Red Cross
Oklahoma Blood Institute


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

Happy Urology Nurses and Associates Week!!

by Jessica November 1 2013 10:35
Urology Nurses and Associates Week

180 Medical would like to give a big shout-out to all of the nurses and associates in the urologic specialty! This is your week for a reason; you make such a difference in your patient’s lives and your contribution is so valuable, whether you work in continence care, surgery, urodynamics, oncology, etc.

We recognize all you do and say a big THANK YOU for everything you do!

The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) established this special week in 2006. 180 Medical is a proud corporate sponsor of SUNA and recently was a vendor at the 44th Annual SUNA Conference held in Chicago, IL (October 11-14, 2013).


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a such fun, caring company.
  

Halloween at 180 Medical

by Jessica October 30 2013 15:56
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It’s time for Halloween again, and for all of us here at 180 Medical, that means FUN! Each year, we keep a tradition of holding a costume contest on Halloween, which is just a small part of what makes 180 Medical such a fun place to work! And any event here is sure to also include a fun potluck snack day – so we can always expect “spooky” and delicious treats to munch on throughout the day. Some of us here really get into the “holiday spirit” and even decorate our desks and offices.

With each passing year, the stakes get higher, because the costumes keep getting more creative! And of course, there are always those costumes that bring a good laugh for everyone, too. Some choose to get together for a team effort for a group costume, and others have an individual costume prize on their mind. In the past years, we’ve voted on our favorites via our office email, but this year, we’re doing something a little different!

All of the costumes will be posted on our 180 Medical Facebook page, and YOU can help out with our voting too! Just go to our Facebook page on Halloween this Thursday (10/31/13) and click “like” on your favorites! The contest ends at midnight, so be sure to get your vote in before the deadline!


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Supports the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation

by Jessica October 28 2013 17:03
180 Medical was pleased to support a great run/walk/roll event earlier this month on October 6, 2013. Bryon’s Run to Cure Paralysis, an annual event resulting from the partnership between Carroll University and the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation, raises money and awareness for those living with paralysis.

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We also recently supported BRPF’s recent “This Is How We Roll” Fashion Show Fundraiser on October 20, 2013. 180 Medical's Urologic Territory Specialist, Heather, was in attendance as well, who got to meet so many amazing ladies, young and old. Even some state senators and the Lt. Governor of Wisconsin, Rebecca Kleefisch, and State Representative Joe Kleefisch were in attendance. This amazing event was organized and created by Jenny Addis, who was injured in a car accident in 1997 and has been a friend of the BRPF for some time. Each of the participating models in the fashion show were affected by paralysis.

180 medical at bryon riesch paralysis foundation
The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation (BRPF) was founded to further medical research to find a cure for paralysis and also to assist those with spinal cord injuries and others struggling with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological disorders. After an accident in 1998 left Bryon paralyzed from the chest down, his loved ones put together a fundraiser to help him through the difficult transition, which then transitioned into a full-fledged foundation in 2001 to help others who, like Bryon, are faced with the difficult situation of paralysis.

180 medical at bryon riesch paralysis foundation
Of course this organization’s goal is close to 180 Medical’s heart, as our own CEO, Todd Brown, is also paralyzed from the chest down due to a devastating motocross accident that occurred in 1994. When Todd came home from the rehabilitation facility following his accident, he realized how difficult it was to adjust to his new life in a wheelchair – not to mention dealing with constant urinary tract infections on top of that! When some good friends introduced to him to intermittent catheter products that are specifically designed to reduce the risk of UTIs, and Todd’s health did a 180, it was only a little bit later that he decided to create 180 Medical – a company with a specific mission to provide unparalleled service, top quality products, and education. You can learn more about Todd’s story here on YouTube.

Bryon’s Run to Cure Paralysis and the “This Is How We Roll” Fashion Show Fundraiser were both great successes, and we’re so glad to be a part of continuing support for those living with paralysis.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

180 Medical Supports Comer Children’s Hospital Race for the Kids

by Jessica October 21 2013 11:35
On Sunday, October 6th 180 Medical helped sponsor the University of Chicago Medicine Corner Children’s Hospital RBC Race for the Kids. There was a 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Dash, and Kids’ Mile.

This event raised money to further support research efforts of University of Chicago medical students and some of the top pediatric physicians in the country, along with enabling the Comer Children’s Hospital to continue to provide excellent care for all of the little ones in their hospital.

180 Medical was glad to help out with this event to further influence Comer Children’s Hospital’s critically important pediatric programs, and we are proud to be a provider to many families across the nation with children in need of catheters and urological supplies.

If you have a child currently using catheters or who may need to begin self-cathing soon, please feel free to give one of our trained specialists a call to discuss the best option for your call, as we understand each person and their specific needs are unique, or begin by checking out our pediatric catheter options online here and joining the 180 Medical Kids Club (a program created to make the transition to independently self-cathing easier and smoother for your child and you).


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

Mindfulness for Caregivers Conference

by Jessica October 15 2013 13:54
180 Medical is excited to be a sponsor of the upcoming Mindfulness for Caregivers Conference, which is set to take place on November 16, 2013, at the DoubleTree Hotel Center City in Philadelphia, PA.

If you provide care for anyone with paralysis or mobility issues, this conference is for you! Being a caregiver, whether for a patient or a loved one, can sometimes feel like a weighty responsibility or a source of stress in your life.

By introducing the concept of mindfulness, this seminar aims to help you learn some techniques and skills that can help you to reduce stress and find balance and self-compassion in your life. You will also gain access to more resources and network with others in similar situations.

Just what is mindfulness?  Well, it is a very helpful technique that can help you learn to pay more attention to your thoughts; so, rather than pushing away or tuning out the stressful or difficult feelings, one can learn to simple acknowledge the thoughts and be present. Research has shown that mindfulness training can reduce stress, ease chronic pain, and improve overall well-being.

The conference will also pay tribute to the late Dana Reeve, who was very passionate about improving care for those with disabilities.

Facilitating and leading the conference is Dr. Dan Gottlieb, a psychologist and marital therapist, who, in 1979, was involved in an accident and became a quadriplegic. Visit his website here. Dr. Michael Bairne, director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will also help facilitate the conference.

For more information and to sign up for the conference, please visit this direct link to the conference page on the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation website.

180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such fun, caring company.
  

180’s 6th Annual Red River Rivalry Chili Cook-Off

by Jessica October 9 2013 17:25
180 medical red river rivalry chili cookoff 2013

It’s that fun time of year again: 180’s annual chili cook-off competition just before the OU/Texas football game this weekend. Every year, we here at 180 Medical like to have a friendly competition to see who can bring their A-game with their favorite chili recipes. A random team of employee judges is picked to sample the numbered chili dishes in order to determine a winner, which is a hard job to take on, since everyone’s entries always taste amazing! All employees are also welcome to bring in sweet treats and side dishes to complement the potluck meal, once the judging is over, which always ends up being a wonderful feast that stuffs us full for the entire day!

180 medical chili cookoff
This and other company events (such as our annual bowling night) are a part of the reason why working at 180 Medical is so great! Not only is the job rewarding because of what we do and who we are able to help on a daily basis, but we also get to have fun and enjoy our day here too!

180 medical chili cookoff
Want to become a part of 180 Medical’s awesome team? Come apply at www.180medical.com/careers!


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for four years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

180 Medical Shines a Spotlight on National Spina Bifida Awareness Month

by Jessica October 3 2013 17:02
October is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month! Throughout this month, 180 Medical will be dedicating this time to heighten awareness about Spina Bifida, along with discussing some of the great resources we have available for those living with spina bifida and intermittently catheterizing.

Currently, over 166,000 Americans are living with spina bifida, which is the number one permanently-disabling birth defect in the United States. It is considered a congenital development disorder that occurs when the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) does not form as it normally would in the womb during pregnancy. 

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180 Medical is proud to be a sponsor of the Spina Bifida Association’s Education Days in 2013, which are affordable, life-changing events that offer support and bring up-to-date information and education. 180 Medical’s  regional territory manager for Utah and Nevada, Jason, will be in attendance at the upcoming event on October 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City, UT at the Primary Children’s Medical Center, so come by and meet him!

Click here for more information on SBA’s Education Days, or you can click here for details on this specific upcoming event in Salt Lake City.

We’d love for you to join us and the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) in spreading awareness about this condition! There are various Walk-N-Roll© events held for SBA throughout the month. For a full list of events and locations, please click here for more info.

If you’d like to share your story about how spina bifida has affected your life or someone you love, or how 180 Medical has helped you, please “like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/180medical and leave us a comment! You can also check out the Spina Bifida Association at their Facebook page or at http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org.

180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.