Dr. Stuart Kassan receives top honor from American College of Rheumatology

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Dr-Stuart-Kassan_storyStuart S. Kassan, M.D., medical director of the Infusion Center of Denver and Chief Medical Officer of Multispecialty Physician Partners, was honored with the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Paulding Phelps Award. The award is a reflection of Dr. Kassan’s outstanding contributions to the advancement of rheumatology.

The ACR recognizes leading researchers, clinicians, mentors and other professionals exhibiting superior commitment to the advancement of the field of rheumatology with the Awards of Distinction honors. The Paulding Phelps Award is awarded to a clinical rheumatologist for outstanding service to patients, community and the practice of medicine. The award was presented at the ACR annual meeting in San Francisco on November 6, 2015, at the opening ceremony.

“I’m honored to be recognized by my peers for this award,” said Kassan. “Infusion Center of Denver patients inspire and challenge me to do my best for them.  Rheumatology research has allowed us to do just that.”

In 2013, Dr. Kassan was named “Distinguished Clinical Professor of Medicine” by the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. This was the highest award a clinical faculty member at CU could achieve. Dr. Kassan also received the 2013 Ruth Vincent Cunningham Award from the Arthritis Foundation.

Dr. Kassan was elected as a Master of the ACR in 2012. He currently serves as president of the Colorado Rheumatology Association and is a member of the Affiliated Societies Council of the ACR representing the State of Colorado.


Early rheumatoid arthritis detection helps patients’ treatment

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Dana Symons

Dana Symons

Getting a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 19, is no picnic.  For Dana Symons, it was scary.  However, early treatment with  methotrexate (Rheumatrex), a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) helped her manage symptoms.  “I have a flare now and then, but I am able to maintain most of my functionality and live a pretty normal life,” she says.

On the everyday Health web site, read her story and why scientists now believe that the earlier somebody with RA starts treatments with DMARDs and biologics, the better.


MPPInfusion.com receives facelift

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MPPInfusion-web-site_story-01At MPP Infusion Centers in Northeast Texas and Denver, you can expect a relaxing, comfortable, and professional setting.  At the revamped MPPInfusion.com, you can expect an easy patient referral process, blog posts, and information about the intravenous medications we offer.

The web site for MPP Infusion has been providing patients information about the seven locations in Texas and the Infusion Center of Denver for several years.  However, the site recently received a facelift to help patients find the information they need faster and easier.

On the home page, patients can see the latest blog post, watch a video about the infusion centers and staff (to be updated soon), and learn more information about what infusion therapy is.  The treatment page offers information about each of the drugs that MPP Infusion offers and referral forms for physicians to fill out for patients.

Location pages show photos of the facilities and contact information.  The new patient newsletter, the Informative Infuser, is available for download and features sections on medications, your care team, and upcoming center events.

MPPInfusion-web-site_story-02If you are a physician who would is looking to refer a patient to MPP Infusion, there is a simple three-step process on our site to follow.  Give your patients a welcome alternative to a busy hospital of medical center where they will receive personalized attention, short wait times, free Wi-Fi, and heated chairs.

Check out the new MPPInfusion.com and see why we received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation and why MPP Infusion may be right for you.

 


Infusion home office races go-karts at Bandimere Speedway for team-building

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Zipping around Bandimere Speedway at up to 55 mph, the MPP Infusion revenue operations (ROPS) team raced go-karts around a .6 mile track in Morrison, Colorado for a recent team-building exercise.  The staff learned about the benefits of being part of a team and, by having this shared experience, they do an even better job providing the RV Difference to MPP patients.

On October 15, eighteen ROPS employees went to Action Karting, donned full-body racing jackets, neck collars, gloves, and helmets and picked their go-kart.  They were divided up into two groups and each raced between 6-8 laps in three heats.

The five racers from the two groups with the fastest lap times then had a final showdown heat of nine laps.  Congratulations to Senior Director of Corporate Operations Lisa Yoakum who had the fastest lap time of a little over a minute at 1:01.282!

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With the whole track to themselves, the ROPS team raced for about 2 1/2 hours as they strived to improve their times, cheered each other on, and lightly razzed those who flipped their go-karts off the track.  The team-building exercise taught all MPP Infusion ROPS employees how to work through adversity and focus their energies on being the best they can be…for each other and for all MPP Infusion patients.

Watch the revenue operations team start their engines and take off racing

“[Infusion Director of Revenue Operations] Leslie [Calkins] wanted to do a team building event that was different than the standard stuff.  This is a pretty competitive group and everybody participated,” said Yoakum.

“Leslie has built a competent and professional team and it showed at the event,” praised Yoakum.

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Afterwards the department headed to the Morrison Inn for dinner and drinks.


Arthritis Foundation hosts Bone & Joint Expo this Saturday

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Bone-and-Joint-Expo_storyThe Infusion Center of Denver (ICOD) is a Platinum level sponsor and will be presenting at the Arthritis Foundation’s first annual Bone and Joint Expo on Saturday, November 14 in Westminster, Colorado. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm the expo will feature, educational presentations, medical screenings, product demonstrations, and exercise workshops.

This community event gathers patients, caregivers, and medical professionals in the health and wellness industry for interactive workshops, expert presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and wellness screenings.

ICOD’s Dr. Mudappa Kalaiah will be presenting on how to live with rheumatoid arthritis and the infusion treatment options that ICOD offers. Staff from RVM and ICOD will be on hand to answer your questions in the exhibit area.

The event is free and includes a box lunch, vendor giveaways, and product samples.

Click here to register


MPP Dallas helps out North Texas Food Bank with can food drive

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MPP-can-food-drive_storyWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, MPP Infusion Dallas is doing its part to help the community. They are in the midst of a can food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and it will run through November 20.

Lead Advance Practitioner Jene’ Butler wanted to give back to the community and worked with her staff and the North Texas Food Bank to make the can food drive come to life.

“I used to volunteer at the Salvation Army and help out at soup kitchens during the holidays, so I know how much it is appreciated,” Butler said.

The drive started on October 15.