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In a move that will result in their becoming one of the largest independently owned groups in the United States, two Minnesota-area orthopedic practices—Twin Cities Orthopedics and St Croix Orthopaedics—have announced that they will be joining forces beginning this summer.
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BraunAbility, a manufacturer of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and wheelchair lift systems based in Lafayette, Ind, recently struck a partnership with Purdue University with the aim of sparking a high level of innovation among mobility products.
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The clinical and research prowess of two leading rehabilitation hospitals will soon be felt throughout a network of healthcare facilities nationwide as part of a recent affiliation deal Louisville, Ky-headquartered, Kindred Healthcare Inc struck with Shepherd Center and Craig Hospital.
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San Diego, Calif-based DJO Global, Inc, recently announced financial results for its public reporting subsidiary, DJO Finance LLC (DJOFL). The company reportedly achieved net sales for the first quarter of 2015 of $280.1 million, which it says reflects negative growth of 0.9%, compared with net sales of $282.7 million for the first quarter of 2014.
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Women reportedly make up at least 30% of C-suite leadership at Patterson Companies Inc, which is the parent organization of the brand's supplier in the rehabilitation market, Patterson Medical. That statistic helped the company earn spacial distinction and an Honor Roll placement among the 2014 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership.
Strategic partnership between manufacturers of evaluation and rehabilitation technology expands critical robotic-assisted therapy in the United States, with the aim of improving the lives of stroke and neurological disorder patients.
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Port Washington, NY-based durable medical equipment manufacturer Drive Medical has acquired complex rehabilitation product manufacturer Columbia Medical, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The acquisition is expected to expand Drive Medical's presence in the pediatric market through its Wenzelite division.
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Rehab Management editorial director Frank Long caught up with the Permobil “Power Trip” Revolution Tour as it stopped at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California, during the tour’s swing through the nation’s Western states.
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Permobil has expanded its position as a provider in the long-term rehabilitation marketplace with its recent acquisition of The ROHO Group, Belleville, Ill, a manufacturer of skin-protection and positioning solutions for wheelchair users.
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Craig Hosptial, Englewood, Colo, reports that is has become the first freestanding rehabilitation hospital to achieve three consecutive Magnet designations. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program recently granted the status to Craig Hospital, making the facility one of fewer than 100 such facilities operating worldwide.
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A product-specific hold that was placed on several Snug Seat products for the last 18 months has been lifted by the FDA, according to a statement from Scott Crosswhite, vice president of the Matthews, NC-based company.
While maintaining a profitable healthcare business is not getting any easier for most organizations, U.S. Physical Therapy, headquartered in Houston, Texas, edged up its revenues in 2014, a year in which the company reports that it acquired 35 clinics.
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The North Shore-LIJ Health System, based in Manhasset, NY, recently opened the doors on a facility for rehabilitation care staffed with physiatrists; physical and occupational therapists; speech-language pathologists and neuropsychologists.
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Complex rehab power wheelchair manufacturer Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Products, headquartered in Exeter, Pa, reports it has become a Premier-Level national partner of The ALS Association.
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The SafeGait body weight support system, manufactured by Victor, NY-based Gorbel Medical, is the subject of a collaborative, multisite study that will evaluate its therapeutic effects for patients who are neurologically involved.
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Chronic pain patients will soon have a new option to help them find relief now that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the StimRouter, from Valencia, Calif-based Bioness.
Permobil specialist discusses the Total Control Head Array as it passes through final configuration.
March 17 is the kickoff date for the “Powertrip,” 2015 Revolution Tour sponsored by mobility device manufacturer Permobil, Lebanon, Tenn. The tour has scheduled stops at 30 cities nationwide where attendees can preview and test the latest mobility products from Permobil and TiLite.
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Reykjavik, Iceland-based manufacturer of prosthetics and orthopedic devices, Össur, has entered an agreement with medical device manufacturer, Myomo, Cambridge, Mass, to sell Myomo's MyoPro orthosis technology in the United States.
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Cali Solorio has taken a role as Ottobock's marketing manager, where she will support new product introductions for the company's orthopedic rehab business. Ottobock says it will also look to Solorio to add expertise to its product life cycle management.
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As ROVI Mobility Products ramps up for the release of a new indoor-outdoor power wheelchair the company has hired Eli S. Anselmi as Director of Education, according to an announcement from the Carson, Calif-headquartered company. ROVI, the complex rehab division of Shoprider, reports that Anselmi will be responsible for developing the division's product education materials and the distribution of those materials.