In brief: PromptCare acquires Hollywood Medical, United Spinal bolsters board

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. – PromptCare has expanded into Florida, acquiring Hollywood Medical Supply.

Founded in 1965 in Hollywood, Fla., Hollywood Medical Supply currently provides hi-tech pediatric respiratory services and supplies, and enteral feeding to more than 1,200 patients.

“We are excited to enter the state of Florida through this strategic combination with Hollywood Medical Supply,” said PromptCare CEO Tom Voorhees.  “Bob (Lichtenstein, owner and CEO) has built a company with a care-centric approach and pediatric patient orientation that is well-aligned with PromptCare’s mission and strategy.”

PromptCare provides specialty respiratory and infusion services to pediatric and adult patients across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. In 2018, the company gained a foothold in the Southeast when it acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based Hometown Oxygen.

Lichtenstein is retiring.

“PromptCare’s commitment to providing the highest levels of patient care made them the perfect partner to continue Hollywood’s 50-year legacy of serving medically fragile patients in south Florida,” he said.

United Spinal bolsters board

NEW YORK – United Spinal Association has named six new members to its board of directors. They are: Carina Ho, accessibility specialist, Airbnb; Minna Hong, disability advisory board, Delta; Andraea LaVant, president, LaVant Consulting; Chris O’Donoghue, Emmy winning general assignment reporter; Reveca Torres, co-director ReelAbilities Film Festival; and Renee Tyree, west regional pharmacy director, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospitals. “United Spinal strives to build diverse perspectives and backgrounds within our board of directors so we can effectively address intersectional issues impacting people with disabilities and reach underserved populations,” said James Weisman, president and CEO of United Spinal. United Spinal’s board manages, supervises and controls the business, property and affairs of the organization. United Spinal has 21 board members listed on its website.

BOC adds survey specialist

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) has added Joshua Bressler, COF, CDME, as its survey process specialist. In this new role, he will manage all aspects of the organization’s site surveys for businesses seeking BOC accreditation. He will also recruit, train, manage and evaluate BOC’s site surveyors, who are independently contracted. Bressler is a former member and officer of BOC’s board of directors. His background also includes sales experience at J&J Medical, a DME provider, and clinical experience at Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics and the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania.

Foundation awards assistive technology grants

SHORT HILLS, N.J. – The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center has awarded four High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology Quality of Life Grants totaling more than $300,000. The grants, made possible with funding from a cooperative arrangement with the Administration for Community Living, support nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. The recipients of the grants are: Assistive Technology for Kansans to increase access to electronic gaming to people in Kansas; Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide smart home AT equipment loans to people in Kentucky; Oklahoma ABLE Tech to purchase, store and provide short-term loans of portable ramps, thresholds and other equipment to people in Oklahoma; and West Virginia University Foundation to support a loan closet and device reuse program that for children age 3-12 in West Virginia that provides mobility assistance and other DME not covered by Medicaid or private insurance. Since the program’s inception, more than 3,150 grants totaling more than $26 million have been awarded.

Healogics gives thanks, gives back

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Healogics has launched its first Give Thanks; Give Back campaign at its more than 600 wound care centers in the United States. All centers, including the home office here, are collecting newly packaged, cotton socks to distribute to various homeless shelters across the country until Nov. 29 to support good foot health in local communities. “Thanksgiving is a time to pause and remember the things for which we are grateful,” said David Bassin, CEO. “It is also an opportunity to give back to our communities, and this year, we want to impact patient outcomes by helping to prevent wounds from even occurring.” Each holiday season, hospitals experience a spike in their admission rates for wound patients, Healogics says. To donate, visit www.healogics.com or find an area wound care center.

Medline showcases Works of Heart

NORTHFIELD, Ill. ­– Medline has launched Works of Heart, a program to honor healthcare workers across the country. Each month starting in January, Works of Heart will recognize a nominated healthcare worker who is positively impacting patients, communities and peers through attention, compassion and dedication, the company says. “Health care is transforming at a dizzying pace for the care providers, who are asked to balance their patient needs amid increasing operational demands,” said Tim Abate, chief marketing officer for Medline. “The Works of Heart program looks to shine the light on the vital men and women who rise above the unknowns to improve health care one person at a time, no matter where they are in an organization and despite the growing challenges of the industry.” Through December, individuals can visit the Works of Heart website to nominate a healthcare worker. One winner will also serve as the inspiration for one of Medline’s 2021 collectible dolls. Works of Heart is an extension of the company’s Pink Glove Dance campaign, which drew greater attention to the need for breast cancer awareness and detection.

Complete Access expands on East Coast

BUCKLEY, Wash. – Complete Access Co. has added 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Ohio to better serve the Eastern seaboard, the Great Lakes region and Canada. The company also has manufacturing plants strategically located in the Northwest, where it is based, and the Southeastern U.S. Its products include ADA stairs and decking, ADA ramps and easy kits, and residential ramps. They also include OSHA stairs and decking. Complete Access Co. is a division of Integrated Stair Systems.