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Bladder-Friendly Mango Salsa

by AmyHernandez May 16 2018 05:48

For many of the 4 to 12 million people in the US living with Interstitial Cystitis (also known as IC, painful bladder syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, or bladder pain syndrome) sticking to a certain bladder-friendly diet allows them to keep their pain in check. However, the extensive lists of ‘foods to avoid’ can be discouraging, and trying to only eat the ‘safe foods’ can make some people afraid to even eat anything!

It can also be difficult to find bladder-friendly recipes online or elsewhere for those living with Interstitial Cystitis. That’s exactly what led 180 Medical employee, Trish, who has IC, to get creative and make up some of her own recipes that are tasty and easy on the bladder. Because she could not find a mango salsa recipe without spicy peppers, lime, or other citrus, she decided to make her own!



 Without further ado, we give you...

Trish's Bladder-Friendly Mango Salsa

   

INGREDIENTS:

  • Small sweet peppers or large red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (you can change the size of the vegetables based upon how much you need to make for your meal)
  • One small white or red onion (depending on how strong you like your onion and what your bladder can tolerate)
  • One large ripe-ish mango (it must still be firm or it does not cut very well)
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash and cut peppers in half, clean out the seeds.

  2. Peel, wash, chop the onion, chop the peppers, put them all in a bowl.

  3. Chop the mango, clean the seeds.

  4. Place the mango into the bowl with the other veggies, stir them together, then add a teaspoon or a splash of olive oil, two small pinches of sea salt, and one to two turns of ground black pepper (depending upon what your bladder can tolerate).

  5. Stir everything together, and chill until served.

  6. Serve with grilled salmon, tacos, corn chips, chicken—you name it!

Even though there is currently no known cure for Interstitial Cystitis, there are many treatments that can help minimize symptoms. Eating foods that cause less bladder irritation is a great start! Keep in mind that the different foods and beverages which impact bladder symptoms are unique for each person living with IC, so you might have to try many different options before you find the right diet for your own needs.

Since many of our customers live with conditions that require them to use catheters, such as spinal cord injury, neurogenic bladder, and sometimes Interstitial Cystitis, bladder health is a core focus here at 180 Medical. If you are suffering through the symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, know that you are not alone in your personal journey.

Do you have any favorite recipes from your Interstitial Cystitis diet that you'd like to share? Send them over to us so we can continue sharing bladder-friendly recipes with the IC community!



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About the Author:

Amy is the Web Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical. Her favorite thing about working at 180 Medical is being part of a company that is truly committed to improving the lives of its customers. When she's not at work she enjoys traveling, camping, rock climbing, and spending time with her husband and three incredible stepchildren.

3 Types of Female Catheters

by Jessica February 6 2018 06:25
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If your doctor has recommended intermittent catheterization as part of your treatment plan (whether due to bladder retention, urinary incontinence, multiple sclerosis, a spinal cord injury, or another medical condition that affects the way your bladder works), you may be feeling overwhelmed by the news and wondering where to start.

We completely understand, and we want to assure you that those feelings are perfectly normal. However, once armed with the right information and the right supplies for you, using female catheters can eventually become second nature to you. 

But first, you may want to learn more about the three main types of female intermittent catheters, so here's our simple guide!

Types of Female Intermittent Catheters

Intermittent catheters are small tubes designed to drain urine from the bladder. These are most often composed of vinyl or PVC, silicone, or red rubber latex, and they are considered single-use only devices, since they are inserted into the body via the urethra. Catheters have come a long way since they were first invented, and innovations in technology continue to roll out with new products that may offer a smoother catheterization experience as well as better discretion and ease of use.

woman with backpack Because the female urethra is only a few inches in length compared to the male urethra, female catheters are typically only 6 to 8 inches long, although there are shorter pocket-sized options. Some women prefer to use male length catheters, and this is based on preference and what works best for you.

Concerned about the catheter tube's diameter? That's a common fear, but there's no need to worry. Your prescribing physician will be able to test French sizes with you and properly determine with you what will work best for your individual anatomy and needs.

The right size will help with overall comfort as well as efficiency in drainage. For example, if you use a smaller female catheter French size than what fits your body best, you may notice urine seeping around the sides of the catheter (rather than only draining into the tube and down to your chosen receptacle, like a collection bag or toilet), which can literally leave a mess on your hands. If you use a larger catheter French size than necessary, you may have some difficulty with insertion, or you could experience some discomfort. Making sure to get the right size prescribed before ordering will be a big component in finding the right catheter for you!

After you and your doctor have discussed size options, you'll want to start thinking about the three main intermittent catheter types available for women. 

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The three main types of intermittent catheters are:


Straight Catheters

Considered the original technology, female length straight intermittent catheters are uncoated and must be manually lubricated prior to insertion. Usually, this is done with individual packets of sterile lubricant, although some prefer using the flip-top tubes of lubricant. These can easily be included with your catheter order, and we can take into account what may be easiest for you to use, including factors like limited hand dexterity.

These are available in just about every material, and there are options both with and without color-coded funnels. This typically comes down to personal preference, but you will need to let your supplier know of any potential allergies, such as latex, as well as any chemicals you may want to avoid like DEHP. Sometimes also known as "in and out" catheters, intermittent catheter tubes are uncoated, so they must be manually lubricated before insertion, typically by individual-use packets of sterile lubrication which can be included in your orders.

Straight female catheters are typically fairly easy to conceal in one's pocket, makeup bag, or purse, and one benefit is that these may feel a little lighter than catheters that include additional insertion supplies or water packets, making them simple to carry or pack in one's luggage for traveling.

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Hydrophilic Catheters

Hydrophilic catheters are similar to straight catheters in many ways, but there's one key feature that makes hydrophilic catheters stand apart from other types. Female hydrophilic catheters have a coating that is activated by water to become slippery, smooth, and ready to use. This coating acts in place of lubricant, so you don't have to worry about carrying along a tube or packets of lubricant with you.

Depending on the brand, some hydrophilic catheters come with their own sterile water packet to burst inside the packaging and let the catheter soak anywhere from a few seconds to half a minute, and then it's ready to use. Others, like the SpeediCath Compact, is pre-packaged in its own sterile saline solution, so as soon as you open up this discreet package (designed to look similar to a makeup item like a tube of mascara or lipstick), your catheter is ready to use and then dispose of easily without muss or fuss once you've drained your bladder.

Most hydrophilic catheter manufacturers feature a handy guiding sleeve to allow you to manipulate the catheter for insertion without touching the tube itself and risking potential contamination from any possible germs left on your hands, even after washing up before use.

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Closed System Catheters

Female closed system catheters are a convenient option since it's basically an all-in-one system. The catheter itself is pre-lubricated and sterile inside its self-contained collection bag, which eliminates the need to carry additional lubricant, and many brands also have insertion supplies packaged with it as well, such as sterile gloves, an underpad, and antiseptic wipes. Most closed systems also have a pre-lubricated introducer tip that helps to bypass the majority of bacteria in the first few millimeters of the urethra, which further minimizes the risk of infection.

Some people in wheelchairs prefer closed system catheters, since they can sometimes eliminate the need to transfer from your chair to a toilet. Thanks to the self-contained collection bag, you can self-cath anyplace where you have privacy. 

There are options such as gripping aids for those with limited hand dexterity, as well as different materials of catheters, different collection bag sizes, and more. Our Catheter Product Specialists can discuss the different features that may appeal to you or work best for your needs.

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Since we specialize in catheters as well as ostomy supplies, we carry all the major catheter brands and types, so you have the option to sample what might work best for you, and you have the freedom of choice to pick the brand you prefer.

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Ultimately, the decision about which type of catheter you should use will come down to your prescribing healthcare professional's assessment of your condition and personal needs. 

180 medical catheter specialist When you're ready to order, 180 Medical is here to serve you and your doctor in helping to select an intermittent catheter that will be easy for you to use while giving you a hygienic, comfortable, and convenient catheterization. 

We are catheter specialists that have been in the business for over fifteen years, and we've helped thousands of women, men, and children find the right catheter supplies. Our goal is to help turn your quality of life around with high-quality catheter products that can restore your confidence and sense of independence. Our catheter specialists will also offer you unparalleled service and a compassionate, listening ear. 

We also offer educational materials like full-color brochures and DVDs offering step-by-step instructions of how to self-cath.

Give us a call at 1-877-688-2729. We'd love the opportunity to discuss your female catheter options with you! 




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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and is the Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for a company that truly cares for its employees and customers.

 

180 Medical Named One of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for 8th Year

by Jessica October 4 2017 05:59
For the 8th year, 180 Medical was once again named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017. We're not only proud but also incredibly honored to find out at the recent Best Places to Work banquet that we were ranked 7th among large employers in the state. 

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The Best Places to Work awards were created by the Oklahoma-based publication, The Journal Record, in combination with the Best Companies Group in order to honor and recognize the Oklahoma businesses that go above and beyond. Many industries were included in the deliberation, including finance, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, non-profit, and more. 

In a detailed process of collection of data from the many entrants and analyzing anonymous feedback from employees in surveys, the awards are given based on the workplaces which clearly exhibit the most satisfied employees and the best practices to create a positive, safe culture.

"The real honor in this ranking is that it is based directly on feedback from our own employees. To rank so highly among the many workplaces in Oklahoma is a testament of just how awesome 180 Medical is," says Angie Christopher, HR Director at 180 Medical. "We truly care about making 180 Medical a place where people with big hearts and a good work ethic can enrich their careers and lives."

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Mark Jassey, COO of 180 Medical, says, "We’re so glad to be able to continue to honor Todd’s original vision for this company when he first founded it fifteen years ago. It’s amazing to witness the company’s growth, but even more humbling when we consider just how many people we have been able to help over the years, thanks to the solid foundation of compassion and integrity that Todd built this company on in 2002.” 

We're happy and proud to stand among the best in Oklahoma! 

Are you seeking a job where you can develop your skills while helping others in a positive, team environment? Apply to be a part of the 180 family at www.180medical.com/careers


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About the Author: 
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.




180 Medical Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

by Jessica August 25 2017 13:42
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Food truck treats, an ice cream social, a decoration contest...these are just a few of the many fun ways we here at 180 Medical are celebrating the week leading up to our 15th corporate anniversary on August 27th. It's been a great week so far as we take time to look back on our company's rich history as well as look forward to what else is on the horizon in future years to come.

Looking Back at 180 Medical's History

todd brown founder of 180 medicalSome of you may already know about our founder, Todd Brown, and his incredible story. After a motocross accident, Todd was left paralyzed from the chest down. He had to learn to navigate the world as a new paraplegic, and armed with only some red rubber catheters to wash and reuse, he also had to fight against recurrent UTIs (urinary tract infections). There weren't a lot of helpful resources for him when it came to his medical supply needs. The companies he dealt with often had staff that weren't all that knowledgeable about the products they carried, and he felt like just a number to them rather than a customer who mattered. Armed with his experience and his business knowledge, he decided he would create a medical supply company that could truly make a difference for others in similar situations.

When he set out at the beginning, he knew it would be a challenge. At first, Todd was the sole territory representative, and the company's first warehouse was located in the garage of his home. Today, 180 Medical has grown to become one of the largest nationally-accredited providers of sterile use intermittent catheters, related urologic supplies, and ostomy products. We have representatives and locations across the country, and our corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 8th year as of 2017.

Of course, none of this would be possible without Todd's strong vision for his company.


The 180 Way Every Day

At the onset, fifteen years ago, Todd decided to lay a foundation upon which to build the company. That foundation is our mission statement which is "supplying the products that turn your life around." We uphold that mission statement every day by following a set of values that we call "The 180 Way." 

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We make sure our staff is fully trained and truly deserving of the title "specialist," so our customers can feel confident knowing the friendly person on the other end of the phone line understands their needs, their condition, and their product options that may work best for their individual situation.


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We understand that the people we supply may be going through hard times or difficult transitions post-diagnosis as they learn to adapt to using catheters and/or ostomy supplies. In every interaction, 180 Medical treats every customer as if they are a member of our own family and offers them a listening ear. Simply put, we truly care!


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Even when it takes more time and effort on our part, we do what's right every time. Because of our dedication to following the strictest guidelines, we are nationally accredited with the ACHC, and we have a grade of A+ with the Better Business Bureau. We also won the BBB Torch Award for Ethics in 2016.


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We make it a point to be an available source of knowledge to our customers. 180 Medical offers informative learning material in colorful step-by-step booklets, DVDs, blog posts, and social media posts, and we even have our own unique program just for kids called the 180 Medical Kids Club to help children who are learning how to cath for the first time. 


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Service is at the heart of the 180 Way. We think of our customers first, and that's why we go the extra mile to make sure their supply needs are taken care of.

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 We believe that the 180 Way is also a big part of why our company thrives internally as well. 180 Medical fosters a positive, cooperative work environment where team members can grow and learn and truly look forward to coming to work every day. 

Thank You for a Great 15 Years So Far

Although 180 Medical has grown quite a bit from its humble but ambitious beginnings back in 2002, our mission and our heart remains the same. While we continue to grow and constantly work to improve, we absolutely have to say a special "thank you" to our wonderful customers and all of the hard-working, compassionate healthcare professionals that we are truly blessed to be able to work with and serve.

Here's to many more years of being one of the most reliable medical supply providers in the nation!

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Urology Territory Specialist Employee Spotlight: Meet Wendy

by Jessica July 13 2017 08:58
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180 Medical is a national supplier of intermittent catheters, ostomy products, and related medical supplies. We make it a point to hire positive, compassionate, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work, not only for a paycheck but for a rewarding place where we can make a difference. 180 Medical offers a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. We were also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 7th year in 2016. 

We're excited to feature Wendy, one of our Executive Urology Territory Specialists, in this month's employee spotlight. 


Wendy, congratulations on recently celebrating your 7th anniversary with 180 Medical! Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Twenty years ago, I moved from Florida to Colorado without a job and not knowing anyone because I love the great outdoors, and there is so much to do here. In the summer, I do a lot of hiking, camping, biking, and golfing. I have hiked five 14-ers. I also love live music and attend a lot of outdoor concerts in the summer. During the winter, I ski and snowshoe. 

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What is a typical day in the life for you as a territory specialist (sales representative)?
My day starts early with emails and phone calls if I am working locally, and it starts even earlier if I have a lot of drive time to the area that I am working in. Due to the size of my territory that I cover, I have a lot of time between the wheel, but I'm always making calls to nurses along the way to answer questions and collect documentation such as prescriptions and Medicare documentation. The position requires a lot of multi-tasking, but my main responsibility is to call on any facilities in my territory that may have patients who will need to use intermittent catheters. I also like to make sure that all of my facilities are stocked with sample bags so that they have what they need when they teach a patient how to catheterize

wendy l spina bifida walk n roll coloradoWhat are some of the best parts of your job?
The best part about working for 180 Medical is that we are the absolute best in the industry! We employ the most caring, knowledgeable specialists who truly go above and beyond for our customers every day, and this makes my job much easier. I can feel confident knowing that the patients our facilities send to 180 Medical for their supplies will be taken care of quickly with kindness and respect. The best part about being a territory specialist is that we get to make our own schedules, and I also enjoy getting to know the nurses and doctors and build relationships with them.

What sets 180 Medical apart from other employers, in your opinion?
180 Medical is just a rare gem that knows how to treat their employees as well as their customers. We have the most incredible company culture that I have ever experienced. Although I had been in sales for 10 years prior to 180 Medical, I had never worked for a company that gave their reps as much autonomy to run their business as 180 Medical does. One thing that working here has given me is the opportunity to learn discipline in managing my territory, such as scheduling, routing, and responding to the volume of emailed requests.

The longer I've been with 180 Medical, and the more the company has grown over the years, I've had some fun opportunities to ride along with and train more territory specialists to help them get their business going. I really enjoy training other reps and sharing my experience and knowledge with them, and 180 Medical has been a big part of allowing me to explore those strengths.

If you're interested in a sales job with 180 Medical and if you work hard and are smart, persistent, self-motivated, and driven, you will grow your territory and can be very successful! 

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What's something about you that people might be surprised to know?
I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky, and I’m definitely the most adventuresome person in my family. I love trying new outdoor activities. I have been skydiving and fly-boarding a few times and have been a certified scuba diver since 1996.  

What is one of your favorite 180 Medical memories? 
My first favorite memory of 180 Medical is meeting Todd Brown (founder of 180 Medical) on my flight when I was working as a flight attendant. I will be forever grateful that I met him that day and that he gave me his card and the opportunity to interview. My second favorite memory is receiving the company coin, which was such an honor to me. 

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What are some fun community events you like to make time for outside of work?
I love getting the chance to attend as many charitable events in the community as I can.  A few of the major annual events I attend are the Spina Bifida Association Walk-N-Roll, Spina Bifida Association Education Days, Adaptive Adventures, Jam the Damz, Camp Discovery, and several other adaptive programs for kids and adults with disabilities.  I also attend Boys Hope Girls Hope every year.  


Wendy, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions! We truly appreciate you for all the hard work you put in, day in and day out, and all the compassion you show for not only our customers but for the doctors and nurses with whom you interact regularly to make sure we take care of their patients properly and compassionately. You display the 180 Way in all you do, and we're thankful for you and all of the hardworking Urology Territory Specialists every day! 


Are you interested in becoming a part of the 180 Medical family? We're hiring! Check out our available positions and apply today.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 8 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Confirmations Department Employee Spotlight: Meet Jacob

by Jessica May 18 2017 06:27
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180 Medical is a national supplier of intermittent catheters, ostomy products, and related medical supplies. We make it a point to hire positive, compassionate, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work, not only for a paycheck but for a rewarding place where we can make a difference. 180 Medical offers a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. We were also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 7th year in 2016. 

We're happy to feature Jacob from our Confirmations Department in this month's employee spotlight. 


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Jacob, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was in the military for 4 years, mainly stationed out of Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. I was a (68W) combat medic. In my spare time, I love to go fishing and camping, and one of my favorite hobbies is to watch and play sports. I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and I have to watch the Oklahoma Sooners play every year. Some day, I'd like to start my own business.

What are some of your main duties as a Confirmations Specialist?
My day revolves around confirming regular orders for our customers to make sure they receive their much-needed supplies in the amounts and quantities they need. We call about 7 to 10 days before their regularly scheduled order just to make sure they are ready. This is done to make sure we follow and meet insurance requirements, and it also ensures that our customers get the right amount for their needs every time. 

jacob 180 medical employeeWhat's one of your favorite memories at 180 Medical so far?
My favorite memory here was the first time I saw an example of just how much of a positive impact we have the opportunity to make in people's lives here. Close to the time I started working here, I spoke with a customer who was going through a really difficult time, and together, we looked at a few different options on his account that helped to alleviate some of his burdens. About a month or so later, I heard that he had called back in to let us know how much he appreciated everything that I did for him. That's when I realized that we really do make a difference every day we come in to work, and that's a priceless feeling.

If you knew someone who was considering applying for a job at 180 Medical, what advice would you give them?
Do it! You won't regret it. 180 Medical really is a great place to work. There is so much opportunity for growth and development. It's very hard to become complacent because you learn something new every day, and everyone around you wants to see you succeed. We are a team, and it takes effort from everyone on our team to complete our mission.

Do you have a favorite quote that keeps you inspired?
"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience, but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges." - Martin Luther King, Jr.  


Thank you, Jacob, and all of our awesome employees in the Confirmations Department. We appreciate the effort and compassion that you display every day in your work and handling our customers like our own family members. You truly do make a difference!



Are you interested in becoming a part of the 180 Medical family? We're hiring! Check out our available positions and apply today.

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 7 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.

Top 10 Reasons to Work at 180 Medical

by Jessica April 18 2017 07:40
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Are you seeking a career where your hard work and compassionate heart will be valued? Are you looking for a job where you can work alongside other positive, friendly people who want to make a difference? You might be a great fit for 180 Medical! 

Here are our top 10 reasons to apply for a job at 180 Medical!

reasons to work at 180 Medical 1Casual Wear Monday through Friday180 medical employee testimonial
How many workplaces do you know of that allows their employees to wear jeans and t-shirts to work? Not many! It may seem like a small thing, but many of our employees love that we don't have to put on business suits or high heels every day, and that the focus of our company is based more in the value of the work you put in every day!

reasons to work at 180 Medical 2Goal-Driven Incentives
Each week, we set a goal for ourselves that allows us to focus on our customers' satisfaction and health. If we meet those goals, we may have a fun snack or tasty treat catered in! Based on your position and how much you're willing to go above and beyond every day, you could also be eligible for other incentives, such as quarterly awards, bonuses, and gift cards.

reasons to work at 180 Medical 3A Competitive Employee Benefits Package
180 Medical offers a full benefits package, including health/medical insurance, dental insurance, and life insurance along with an opportunity to invest in a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous company match, as well as options for a vision plan and short and long-term disability. Paid time off and sick leave is also included in your benefits package.

reasons to work at 180 Medical 4Positively Affecting Others' Lives Daily
At 180 Medical, we have the unique opportunity to turn our customers' lives around with personal, friendly service. It's not uncommon for the customers we speak with on a daily basis to be going through a difficult personal time, and it's wonderful to be able to have a chance to lighten their load a little by offering them a listening ear and medical supplies that are necessary for their health. 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 5The Opportunity to Give Back to the Local Community
We're not only blessed with the chance to help our customers, we also have regular opportunities that allow you to participate in charitable events to help give back. There are annual events that we make it a point to attend locally, such as the National MS Society's Central Oklahoma Walk MS event, the Endeavor Games, OU Medicine's Corporate Challenge, and OKASA's annual wheelchair basketball tournament. But there are options for participation for all of our employees nationwide, wherever they live. There are opportunities to connect with others at charitable events like the Spina Bifida Association's Walk-N-Rolls or Bowl-a-thons, runs for Prostate Cancer, volunteering at food banks or helping with Habitat for Humanity, and we also offer an annual option around Christmas to purchase gifts for children in need. 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 6Company Events Keep It Fun Year-Round
It seems like there's always something new happening at 180 Medical, whether that's an opportunity to participate in local charitable community events (as above), holiday happenings, or fun contests. Just a few of the things we look forward to each year include: our annual chili and salsa cook-off, our company Christmas party, Halloween costume contests, bowling night, Thunder Up decorating competition celebrating Oklahoma City's local NBA team, and regular holiday potlucks and snack days.

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reasons to work at 180 Medical 7The Chance for Learning and Growth Within the Company
What we do at 180 Medical is important, and not only will your position give you a sense of purpose, you will also have an opportunity to enrich your experience. You'll get on-the-job training, chances to shadow other job positions to learn what they do on a daily basis, as well as ongoing learning so that you can stay up-to-date and well-versed on the latest products that could help our customers. 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 8Working at 180 Medical Means Being a Part of Our Family
At 180 Medical, our hardworking recruiters make it a point to hire team players who have a heart for helping others, a friendly and positive attitude, and a great work ethic. So when you come to work at 180 Medical, you know you're working180 medical customer specialist alongside others who are ready to make your day a little better! 

reasons to work at 180 Medical 9Our Employee Satisfaction Ratings Are Consistently High
2016 was our 7th year to be once again selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma by okcbiz Magazine. This is awarded by the Best Companies Group based on a workplace's business practices, company philosophy, and demographics as well as an in-depth survey where employees have an opportunity to anonymously share their feedback of what it's like in their workplace in their own experience. We're honored to continue to be ranked among the top employers in the state by our employees, and we think that says a lot about 180 Medical and our positive culture, which is based on what we call "The 180 Way." The 180 Way consists of five main principles that we believe in: being Specialists in what we do, offering Compassion to others, maintaining our Integrity by always doing what's right, offering Education to both our employees and our customers so they can be better informed about the products they use, and providing superior Service.

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At 180 Medical, we're not just about business, although we do work hard to take care of each of our customers. We also want our employees to come to their jobs knowing they're going to have a good time around friendly people, fit into a position that works best with their particular talents and skill-sets, and get to connect with people who need our help in getting the right supplies for their needs.

If you think you might be ready for a job that offers you all of the above and gives you the chance to say, "I really do love what I do," consider applying for one of the open positions on our Careers page today!

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About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

Billing Department Employee Spotlight: Meet Crystal

by Jessica March 31 2017 09:39
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180 Medical is a national supplier of ostomy product, intermittent catheters, and related medical supplies, and we make it a point to hire positive, compassionate, hard-working individuals who want to enjoy going to work, not only for a paycheck but for a rewarding place where we can make a difference. We offer a competitive benefits package, extensive training, and many fun extras and perks. 180 Medical was also named one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for the 7th year in 2016. 

We're happy to feature Crystal from our Billing Department in this month's employee spotlight. Crystal is a Billing Team Lead and has been a member of the 180 Medical family for eight years as of this month! Take some time to learn a little more about Crystal and some of what she does as part of her job here at 180 Medical.


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Crystal, we're excited to feature you on the blog this month since it's your 8 year anniversary with 180 Medical! How do you feel your time here has helped you in your professional development?

All of my supervisors have always been very helpful, and they have offered training and proper career development needed to perform my job well and prepare for advancement within the company. Management here are very encouraging about taking on new tasks and stepping out of your comfort zone to accomplish success. 


If you knew someone who was considering applying for a job at 180 Medical, what advice would you give them?
I would tell them this will be the best job they have ever had! 180 Medical has a fun and friendly environment, and I feel like they really care about their employees. You get to work alongside great people, and there are great benefits too! 


What’s a fact about you that people might be surprised to know?
Most people are surprised at a couple of jobs I had when I was younger. I was probably one of the youngest lunch ladies ever! When I was 21, I worked in the OKC Public Schools Cafeteria, and I was also a mail carrier for a couple of years in my early 20s.


crystal 180 medical billing employee testimonial quoteWhat’s an average day in the life for you in your position? What are some of your main responsibilities?
As a Billing Team Lead, I am responsible for helping answer questions that employees in my department may have, and I also help to resolve any issues with claims processing, I keep our billing manual up-to-date so that we always have the most current insurance requirements and guidelines in place to follow, and in addition, I provide training sessions to help the billing specialists keep up with changes with various insurance plans and department processes. My specialty is more on the various state Medicaid plans, and this sometimes requires a lot of research since Medicaid plans are sometimes very complex and detailed, but that's great because I really enjoy doing research! 


What's something you really enjoy about working at 180 Medical?
Among all the great perks, I really love going to our quarterly meetings. They are always entertaining and full of laughs, and it's also great to see people get rewarded for their hard work throughout each quarter. 180 Medical encourages employees to take the time to focus on our customers and give extra effort, and I appreciate that. To me, having the freedom to go above and beyond to help people who need us is a great feeling!


How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 
I am pretty laid-back and simple, so the thing I enjoy most is just spending time with my wonderful family. I have 8 great nieces and nephews and 1 grand-baby that I love getting to spoil. 


Do you have a favorite quote that keeps you inspired?

"The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination" - Maya Angelou  


Thanks to Crystal and all of our awesome employees in the Billing Department. We appreciate all of the work and care you put in every day at work, and your contributions are so important to 180 Medical. 

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 7 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.

180 Medical's 100 Day Water Challenge

by Jessica August 24 2016 13:09
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At 180 Medical, we like to focus on our health. Not only do we have healthy snack options like almonds and fruit in our break-rooms, we also have an onsite gym where our employees can break a sweat and get some daily exercise at lunch or after hours. But one thing people often forget about in their quest to get healthy is how important water can be to our overall health.

Around a month ago, one of our employees had a great idea to challenge as many people as possible at work to drink the right amount of water for their individual needs and body types, and over 160 of us have decided to meet the challenge and give it our best shot. 

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The 180 Medical 100 Day Water Challenge also raises the stakes by making sure that water is literally the only liquid we drink! No more sugary soda, juices, coffee, and other sugary drinks for us, as we continue on. The goal is to make it a solid 100 days without cheating, but of course, as long as the participants are trying their best to get more water and stave off dehydration, they're taking a step in the right direction. 

caffeine and bladder health factWhat are some of the benefits of drinking the right amount of water for your needs and cutting out sugary, caffeine-laden drinks?
  • Easier maintenance of a healthy weight
  • Aids in digestion and prevents constipation (which is often a sign of low-grade dehydration)
  • Decrease in headaches and fatigue
  • Improves your kidney and bladder health

Here's what some of our employees who are taking part in the challenge are saying:

  • "I had no idea how much sugar I was taking in before I started this!"
  • "I feel so much better. I didn't realize how big of a different cutting out sodas and drinking water instead would make."
  • "It's not always easy, but I'm proud of myself when I stick to water."

We hope you find some inspiration in our challenge too! Join us as we continue on for another 70 days. Hopefully we will all be forming some new lifelong habits. Find out more about drinking enough water at WebMD. As always, we recommend that you discuss your individual water intake goals with a healthcare professional, as everyone's individual needs can differ, based on weight, age, gender, and specific condition.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.
 

180 Medical Named One of the Best Places to Work for 7th Year

by Jessica August 16 2016 10:24
We here at 180 Medical are proud to once again be selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma by okcBiz Magazine. This is the seventh year we have been awarded this prestigious title, and we're so happy to be named one of the top employers in the metro as well as the entire state of Oklahoma.

“Best Places to Work in Oklahoma” is awarded by the Best Companies Group after researching each workplace entered in the competition and its business practices, demographics, and philosophy. The second part consists of an in-depth survey where employees have an opportunity to anonymously share their feedback of what it's really like in their workplace in their own experience. Through this process, the Best Companies Group looks over all information given and determines the final rankings for the companies with the happiest employees and the best work culture. 



"We are truly honored and humbled to earn this award," says Director of Human Resources, Sharon Hodnett. "It's great to know that our employees continue to give positive feedback about working at 180 Medical. Such a big part of the great culture is the passion and teamwork that everyone exhibits here on a daily basis, and that's what makes it fun to come to work here every day."

best places to work in Oklahoma 2016
180 Medical is proud to continue to be ranked among the best employers in the state, and we're excited to see the final rankings of the 12th Annual Best Places to Work program, which will be published in the Oklahoma Gazette, on the okc.biz website, and in the 2016 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma magazine on September 28th, 2016.

Are you seeking a job in the Oklahoma City metro? Apply today at our Careers page

About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends, & family.