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.


MPP Infusion to open Arlington location on Nov. 6

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MPP-Infusion-Arlington_01_storyMPP Infusion is expanding its operations to Arlington, Texas on November 6 by partnering with Rheumatology Associates (RA) and opening an office adjacent to their practice. The location, MPP Infusion Arlington, will have four chairs for patients and be open, initially, one Friday a month, with plans to expand to every other Friday.

Regional Director of Infusion Operations Ken Idicula said, “There is a need for rheumatology in Arlington and, by opening this office, we are continuing and strengthening our partnership with RA. Their office will have two physicians who are new to the area and MPP Infusion is happy to provide infusion services to their patients.”

The MPP Infusion Arlington office will have its own entrance, four chairs for patient infusions, and an exam room.

The RA office has been seeing patients since the beginning of this month and the first MPP Infusion treatment will be on November 6. Construction of the new location is wrapping up now as contractors complete their punch list.

MPP-Infusion-Arlington_04_storyThe office will be located at 400 West Arbrook Blvd, Suite 201, Arlington, TX 76014.


Inaugural issue of Informative Infuser available to MPP patients

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Informative Infuser - September IssueThe first issue of MPP Infusion’s patient newsletter, Informative Infuser, is now available to patients and online at MPPInfusion.com. Informative Infuser is the patient newsletter for MPP Infusion and is published several times a year.

It tells the stories of our patients and staff, provides messages from our President and executive staff, tells of upcoming events, and informs our patients about news to help them as they receive infusion therapy.

The September 2015 issue features a welcome message from Multispecialty Physician Partners President Ellen Davis, interviews with MPP Infusion staff members Heather Finlayson and Jene Butler, a medication spotlight, photos from past events, and a call for ideas for future events.

If you have an idea for a future volunteer opportunity for MPP Infusion staff, contact them via social media on their Facebook or Twitter pages.

Check out the first issue of the Informative Infuser


Bubble soccer, crafts and relay racing all make for fun home office Wellness event

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Bubble soccerOn a beautiful Friday afternoon, about 50 home office MPP Infusion and Renal Ventures employees gathered at the nearby Applewood Park for lunch, bubble soccer, and relay race activities for their 2015 Wellness activity.

The event on September 11 was catered by Costa Vida with a delicious Mexican food spread. After filling up on chicken, beans, and rice, employees gathered with their Red or Blue teammates for the Wellness event.

Employees could participate in any of the three stations that were set up and earn points for participation and team wins at bubble soccer. One was the craft/game area and make United We Stand crafts or play Jenga. The second was the relay race with potato sack races, corn hold, ladder ball, and frisbee toss. The third station was the infamous bubble soccer with employees climbing in and wearing large inflatable balls and playing soccer five vs. five.

Bubble soccerThe bumping was fast and furious as employees sought to kick the ball into the goal and keep from getting bumped to the ground or taking out spectators. After several round of bubble soccer with employees tagging out after 3 minute games, Red and Blue teams challenged each other to the relay race with the blue team edging out for victory.

Watch a video of bubble soccer and relay races here

Overall, the Red team earned the most points and were awarded medals. In addition to those prizes, individual participants’ names were pulled out of a hat and won RV Wellness items.

Home office RV Wellness Head Coach and Accounts Receivable Specialist Marlesia Slack helped coordinate the event. “We wanted to get everybody active for this RV Wellness event. I played bubble soccer last year at Taste of Colorado and it was lots of fun, a bit tiring, but not too difficult.”

Bubble soccer“I heard lots of positive feedback about the event. [President of Multispecialty Partners] Ellen Davis said it was one of the best events. [Infusion Revenue Operations Coordinator] Brandy Myers said that this was the best Wellness Coach team activity she’s been a part of since she’s been with MPP Infusion,” said Slack.

Thanks to the Home Office RV Wellness committee that helped put on the event!


Putting one foot in front of the other, raising money for Arthritis Foundation

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Affecting one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability, according to the Arthritis Foundation.  To help raise awareness and fund research, the Arthritis Foundation held the Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 17 at 11 a.m. at Washington Park in Denver, Colo.  The MPP Infusion Center of Denver hosted a booth to inform participants about their facility and support families at the Walk.

“We told people about our services, medications offered, and facility amenities, such as the heated recliners and personal televisions,” said Administrative Assistant Heather Hudson.  “We had about 1,000 people come by the booth drawn in by the pedometer giveaways that they took and used to track their steps while participating in the walk/run.”

The Infusion Center of Denver was a bronze level sponsor.  The booth was manned by Hudson and Director of Marketing Kim Travis.

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The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event that unites communities across the country to put an end to arthritis.  The course had three- and one-mile courses for participants to walk or run.  Pet owners were encouraged to bring their furry friends as money was raised money for this great cause.  According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 80 cents of every dollar raised goes toward funding research, conducting educational programs, and advocating for the interests of people affected by arthritis.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis raised $205,000 as of May 20.  To donate, visit the Walk web site.


Southlake open house draws community, chamber

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MPP-Southlake-Open-House_29_storyOn April 21, the Southlake Chamber of Commerce and surrounding community officially welcomed the MPP Infusion Center at Southlake during an open house event.  Medical Director Dr. Robert Jenkins and Regional Director Infusion Operations Ken Idicula cut the Grand Opening ribbon and invited people to tour the state-of-the-art center and learn more about the infusion business from local and corporate staff.

Medical Director Dr. Robert Jenkins said, “Infusions provided by MPP are extremely effective treatments that alter the lives of arthritis patients for the better. MPP has upped the game for us by providing a very nice patient experience.  You can see in this facility that it’s designed to provide a patient with an excellent experience and we’re excited to be here in Southlake.”

On hand was Southlake Chamber of Commerce President Mark Guilbert who presented staff with a plaque to welcome them as a member of the chamber.

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Since moving to the new location, the MPP Infusion facility has been expanded to handle up to eight patients and the previous business suite has been redesigned and enlarged for patients’ comfort.  Upgraded technology at the Southlake location includes smart infusion pumps that can be programmed with regards to the timing and rate of flow for all the medications MPP Infusion centers offer.

MPP Infusion Centers also recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation.  Learn more about that accreditation.


MPP Infusion Centers earn Joint Commission accreditation

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Joint-Commission-Accreditation-seal_storyThe Good Housekeeping Seal.  ISO 9001.  Energy Star.  All of these are examples of certifications given to products or organizations that have met a high set of standards and give a consumer a sense of confidence in the product or organization they are using.  For the health care industry, the Joint Commission‘s Gold Seal of Approval is a highly desired and respected accreditation and the MPP Infusion Centers in the Dallas area recently earned it.

The MPP Infusion Centers earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation (JCAHO) on March 12, 2015.  According to the Regional Director Infusion Operations Ken Idicula, the process took approximately three months to complete from application to a rendered decision of Accreditation.”

MPP-Infusion-Centers_Joint-Commission_story“They evaluated us based on environment of care, infection control, medication management, leadership, human resources and other categories.  They also have a patient ‘tracer’ process where they follow a patient from when they come in through the door to when they leave, and pay attention to interactions and processes,” said Idicula.

The in-person survey takes three days and involved evaluating the infusion center staff, patients and procedures. Another part of the accreditation process includes audits of several patients’ charts, investigating policies and procedures, credentialing, and other aspects of the facility affecting patient outcomes.  The Joint Commission receives all the gathered data and makes their final decision with how in line the organization is with their National Patient Safety Goals.

View the MPP Infusion Centers’ Quality Report on the Joint Commission’s web site

MPP-Infusion-Dallas_story“Even though infusion clinics are fairly new to the industry, we want to set the bar very high for this type of facility.  As one of the few infusion clinics in the world with the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, this gives physicians and patients a high-level of confidence in us,” said Idicula.

As a result of the survey, MPP Infusion has earned a system-wide accreditation, which includes all six infusion centers in the Dallas Fort Worth Area and The Infusion Center of Denver.

Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program encourages high quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. An estimated 2,100 organizations currently maintain Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, awarded for a three-year period.  The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing with Multispecialty Physician Partners

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The interview process can be intimidating.  There’s a lot to remember and you want to stay cool, calm, and collected as you put your best foot forward applying for a career with MPP.

To help you prepare for your interview with MPP, we have enlisted Tommy Tipperman to provide some advice on the Do’s and Don’ts when interviewing.  If you follow his suggestions, you’ll nail that interview!

Take it away Tommy!

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Infusion Center of Grapevine relocates 8 minutes West

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Grapevine-Relocation-map_storyIt takes a village not only to raise a child, but to move a business.  The most recent relocation involves moving the Grapevine, TX infusion center 3.6 miles to Southlake, TX.   The village of staff most involved in the move include Director of Corporate Operations Lisa Yoakum, President of Multispecialty Physician Partners (MPP) Ellen Davis, MPP Regional Director of Infusion Operations Ken Idicula, Infusion Clinic Coordinator Liz Stotler, Facilities and Construction Manager Brent Hockins, and Director of IT Tina Coleman.  With them leading their teams, they have transported staff, equipment and associated compliance and regulatory agreements to move the MPP Infusion Center to its new location.

The move allows the center to expand and purchase new equipment for the patients.  The facility is expanding from four chairs to eight and will have three staff members to assist patients, a nurse, advanced practitioner and a new, full-time medical assistant/financial coordinator role.  The new infusion pumps will be similar to the ones currently in use at the Infusion Center of Denver and MPP Dallas.

Grapevine_03_story“They are getting new smart infusion pumps, so now instead of infusing via gravity, they will have small ambulatory pumps at each station.  Also, you can program for all of the drugs we infuse with regards to the timing and flow rate,” said Yoakum.

The new location will be moving into a former medical business’ location.  They will be able to keep many of the finishes and design elements, with input from Davis.  They will be annexing an adjacent suite to make room for the additional chairs.

The IT team also swept in a week prior and set-up computers, cabling, and coordinated with vendors, communication suppliers, and contractors to make sure everybody was on the same page and completed their necessary tasks on time.

Southlake_story“Even though there are different regulations, we still hold infusion clinics to the same standards as renal facilities as far as keeping them clean and infection control procedures when setting up the new location,” said Yoakum.

The new Southlake location opened for business on February 25 at 601 Zena Rucker Road, Suite 101, Southlake, TX 76092.  An open house is scheduled for April.