Infusion patients, RVM staff collect and deliver toys to Children’s Hospital

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Toys-for-Tots_Children's-hopsital-2014_04_blogThere were no Grinches this year as many generous infusion patients, Infusion Center of Denver employees and Renal Ventures employees donated three wheelbarrows full of toys to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado for the 3rd annual toy drive.  Several RVM and Infusion Center employees on the RV Difference committee loaded up their vehicles with the toys and delivered them on December 18 to the staff at Children’s Hospital for distribution to the kids who are treated in the Rheumatology department and Infusion center.

Toys-for-Tots_Children's-hopsital-2014_17_storyMany toys were donated with additional ones purchased from Target.  The retail chain was so moved when RV Difference committee members told them about the toy drive for Children’s Hospital, that they footed the bill for half of the total, thus donating $200 of toys.

After donating the toys, the RVM and Infusion Center employees were taken on a tour of the two departments by Children’s Hospital nurse Kassie.  The Rheumatology department sees patients as young as 18 months, but most patients are ages 9 and up.  The Infusion area at the hospital had several stations set up with room for kids to play video games, read and visit with family during treatments.  The staff was very appreciative of the gifts as a large percentage of the kids’ families may not have the financial resources to give gifts this holiday season.

Toys-for-Tots_Children's-hopsital-2014_14_storyInfusion Center Administrative Assistant Heather Kimball and Director of Marketing Kim Travis spearheaded the drive.  “We’re so glad to be able to give back to community with the toy drive as we consider it very important to help out these kids at Children’s Hospital,” said Kimball.

RVM staff who visited Children’s Hospital to drop off the toys, and whose hearts grew several sizes larger, included: Recruiting Coordinator Evan Stratton, Accounts Receivable Specialist Pam Giesler, Infusion Accounts Receivable Specialist Trevor Mello, Social Media Digital Content Intern Brienne Jepkema, Kimball and Digital Marketing and Communications Specialist Jonathan Thornton.

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12 days of infusion gifts

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Giving gifts this holiday season is hard.  What to get that person in your life who does infusion therapy can cause angst, however we’re here to help.  Our elves have been busy putting together an infusion patient gift guide on a Pinterest board showcasing the perfect gifts for that special someone in your life who Santa agrees has been nice.  Check out these gifts and then click on the link to the Pinterest board at the bottom that lists many items to put under the tree and in his or her stocking.
Give the gift of:

1. Comfort

Infusion patients spend many hours in treatment every week. Being comfortable can make a big difference not only in their mood but in their health. Try giving a lumbar pillow for extra back support or a new bed for a better night’s sleep. If your loved one is frequently in the kitchen, think about an anti-fatigue mat. They give cushion and support when baking or cooking.

massaging-wheel-cover2. Safety

Arthritis can make it hard to hold on to things like steering wheels. A massaging steering wheel cover adds bulk and texture for drivers to get a better grip.

3. Hydration

Infusion medications can occasionally leave patients dehydrated. It’s important to get the proper amount of fluids even when on-the-go, so give a colorful water bottle or have one customized!  Fruit infuser water bottles are an inspired way to add flavor to your H2O.

4. Relaxation

A soothing bubble bath can help relax a patient’s aches and pains. Try a bubble bath with Epsom salt and lavender oil for extra comfort.

5. Motivation

Staying active is important to anyone’s health. Give a pedometer or activity tracker to give them goals and motivation to keep moving.

6. Convenient Meals

Sitting in the chair for infusion therapy sometimes seems like a home away from home…and you get hungry! An insulated lunch bag will keep meals cold or hot during treatment. You can also buy gift cards for local restaurants who deliver to the infusion center.

7. Functional fashion

Giving specially-designed clothes for arthritis can keep your loved one warm, fashionable, and relaxed.

8. Entertainment

Long hours in the infusion chair aren’t as bad with music or movies. Electronics like iPods, tablets, and DVD players can provide hours of entertainment. No one likes uncomfortable head phones, so make sure they can enjoy their TV show binge watching with a lightweight pair. If they already own these, you can always buy an iTunes gift card, Netflix subscription, or some audiobooks.

9. Warmth

Infusion centers can feel cold at times due to air conditioning or from patients having their skin exposed for long periods of time. For many patients, a blanket is a must have – the softer the better. Gloves, socks, and scarves will also keep your loved one toasty.

10. Fashion 

When you have rheumatoid arthritis wearing jewelry with tiny clasps is nearly impossible. Get some magnetic clasps to put on your loved ones jewelry so they can continue to be as fashionable as ever! Cuff bracelets that are hinged are another chic way to accessorize.

11. Brain teasers

Keep your loved one mentally sharp! Get them an assortment of Sudoku, crosswords, and brain teaser books to keep their brain wrinkly during treatment.

Easy-Action-Micro-Tip-Scissors12. Kitchen Independence

Canned goods and tight jar lids won’t be a problem anymore with the gift of automatic openers. Specially designed scissors make cutting a breeze as well.

 

Visit our Pinterest board by clicking below and give your gift with love.

Follow Renal Ventures Management’s board Infusion Gift Guide on Pinterest.


Infusion Center of Denver celebrates five year anniversary

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The Multispecialty Physician Partners (MPP) Infusion Center of Denver celebrated their 5 year anniversary last month.  Located near 2nd and Union in Lakewood, Colo., the center is led by Dr. Stuart Kassan and has been providing infusion therapy to the Denver Metro area since 2009.  To celebrate the event, they had a catered breakfast and lunch from Biscuits and Berries.

MPP-Infusion-Celebrates-5-years_05As described in the Infusion Center’s brochure, “MPP Infusion Centers are rooted in a rich tradition of excellence where medical competence, staffing and management expertise and a commitment to premium patient care are paramount. We successfully blend these elements to deliver a seamless experience for both the patient and the doctor.”