Kentucky’s Ephraim McDowell Health has a lot to live up to. Named after an American physician who pioneered ovarian tumor removal, this central Kentucky health system is expected to carry on that pioneering tradition. Having held on to its independence while continuing to expand its footprint and services, Ephraim McDowell Health has thus far honored its namesake’s lofty standards.

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The Oakwood Healthcare System (OHS) in western Michigan’s Wayne County is preparing for the future of healthcare in part by going back to the basics: providing top quality care for its patients.

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Ideally, everything in the healthcare industry would be simple, fast and reliable. Of course, physicians and nurses wouldn’t mind the privilege of spending more face-time with patients, but with demand outweighing supply, healthcare workers often rely on diagnostic tools to help them provide efficient care. The need for solutions like International Technidyne Corp.’s (ITC) will likely increase as millions more Americans are expected to be insured as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Suppliers to the industry are privy to these facts, and they have spurred some great innovation to help with the delivery of healthcare. 

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When Rick W. Merrill talks about the coordination needed to maintain quality healthcare services in an institution such as Cook Children’s Health Care System, he likens it to the inherent trust necessary between a pilot and co-pilot in a cockpit. While prepping for takeoff, in the air or preparing for landing, the co-pilot is not only expected to alert the pilot if something seems amiss, he or she is required to do so.

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It can be challenging to keep pace with the latest technical innovations in the medical industry, but Virtual Care Provider Inc. (VCPI) helps its clients stay current. “[We focus] on technology oriented solutions for the long-term, post-acute care sector,” Vice President and Managing Director Loren Claypool says.

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One of the leading dental schools in the nation, the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry teaches all dental disciplines – dental assisting, dental hygiene, general dentistry, and graduate specialty programs and post-doctoral dentistry. “We have every type of dental education program possible as well as programs with other countries,” Dean Jane Weintraub points out. “We are one of only two dental schools in the country that has a dental assisting program.”

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For the past five years, Trillium Health Care Products Inc. has put its money where its mouth is. The company set a vision to be the leading North American contract manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and with four of the 10 largest pharmaceuticals companies in the world on its client list, Trillium is well on the way to realizing that vision.

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The Schroer Group has made long-term healthcare inside and outside of its facilities throughout Ohio and Michigan its passion for almost 40 years. Since it was founded by Sue and Gerald Schroer in 1973, The Schroer Group has grown into a holding firm with three distinct divisions that serve patients in this region: Altercare of Ohio Inc., Absolute Health Services Inc. and Avalon Foodservice Inc.

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