Delaware Valley Independent Pharmacy PMC is Commended for Their Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis

 Delaware Valley Independent Pharmacy PMC has seen nearly 20 years of the Opioid Epidemic. They are helping legitimate chronic pain patients to navigate the course of guidelines and stigma to have reliable access to medication that’s being regulated under the Opioid Epidemic. Many of PMC’s customers are homebound and/or non-ambulatory and battling other real challenges like healthcare equity. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, PA1, commended PMC Pharmacy on the floor of the House of Representatives for their “tireless efforts in combating the nation’s opioid epidemic while balancing the need to serve patients with chronic pain.”

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, PA1, commended PMC Pharmacy on the floor of the House of Representatives for their “tireless efforts in combating the nation’s opioid epidemic while balancing the need to serve patients with chronic pain.” The recognition comes after more than 18 years of being on the front lines of the problem. President and CEO of PMC Brian Dunleavy remarked, “I am so very proud of our team here at PMC Pharmacy. Working in a pharmacy setting can, at times, be thankless work. Accolades like this are wonderful, but we don’t do what we do for recognition. We do it out of a sense of obligation and desire to serve those in need. We are extremely grateful for this honor and we are so thankful to have the privilege of serving a population that is marginalized and often ignored.”

The Opioid Crisis has been decades in the making and PMC has seen all of it. The first wave began with increased prescribing of opioids in the 1990s, with overdose deaths involving prescription opioids (natural and semi-synthetic opioids and methadone) increasing since at least 1999. The second wave began in 2010, with rapid increases in overdose deaths involving heroin. – CDC

Where corporate retail pharmacies fail, PMC succeeds in guiding customers to demonstrate adherence to their prescribed medication therapy. PMC supports the licensed and credentialed practitioners in their effort to show continuity of care. PMC has worked with Mr. Fitzpatrick’s office to advocate for chronic pain patients against the egregious fees of Pharmacy Benefit Managers, PBMs, and regulatory guidance that causes patients to go without. Chronic pain patients struggle to navigate regulatory obstacles as well as the social stigma that comes with reliance on opioids to function on a daily basis. Many of PMC’s customers are homebound and/or non-ambulatory and battling other real challenges like healthcare equity.

PMC Pharmacy is a Prescription Management Company serving Patients, Providers, Medical At Home, and Long Term Care Facilities in the Delaware Valley.

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Valley Insurance Agency Alliance Hires Two Commercial Marketers

 Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a cohesive family of nearly 150 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois, recently hired two new Commercial Marketers. Their responsibilities include marketing new and remarketed small commercial insurance accounts on behalf of VIAA’s members. This includes providing marketing advice and support to the alliance’s producers, account executives, and clients.

Amy DelGrosso has worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining VIAA, she served as an Account Executive and Account Manager at local insurance organizations. DelGrosso currently has both Property & Casualty and Life & Health licenses. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

Dawn Lawson has 22 years of insurance experience and has been a real estate agent for 15 years. She previously served as a Certificate Specialist, Insurance Agent, and Bond Specialist at various local companies. In addition to her new position, Lawson is a real estate agent for a local brokerage office.

“Amy and Dawn bring extensive business competencies to our growing alliance,” said VIAA’s Chief Relationship Officer Elizabeth Powers. “They both have extensive training and versatile approaches that seamlessly enrich our company’s culture. We look forward to working with them on our team and having their support.”

Founded in 2006, VIAA generates more than $500 million in written premium and is the regional founding member for the Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA), a $10 billion national alliance. VIAA’s headquarters are located at 6825 Clayton Ave. For more information, call (314) 725-1414.

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Antelope Valley Conservancy Supports CESA Listing for Western Joshua tree

 California Fish & Wildlife Commission Meeting, June 15, 2022.

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Fish & Game Commission to Decide the Future of Joshua Trees. The future of Joshua trees will be decided this Wednesday, June 15, when the California Fish & Game Commission votes whether to list the western Joshua tree as a threatened species.

It is a chance, perhaps our last chance, to protect Joshua trees before they become extinct.

And you can participate in the public comment. You can attend the meeting, in person or via Zoom, you can submit an email to the Commission, or you can sign the Antelope Valley Conservancy’s Petition on the Change website.

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Valley Insurance Agency Alliance Announces Nine Scholarship Recipients

 Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a cohesive family of nearly 150 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois, recently provided nine scholarships to students through its Insuring Rural Communities Scholarship Initiative. The scholarship – designed to enhance the sustainability of rural community residents through post-secondary education opportunities – is a partnership created by VIAA, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, and Travelers Foundation.

The renewable annual scholarship of up to $5,000 per student is based upon financial need and academic potential. Designed for rural residents of Missouri and Illinois, recipients must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and are open to those seeking new career paths based upon the pandemic. The Insuring Rural Communities Scholarship is specifically for residents pursuing degrees or certificates in the fields of information technology, healthcare, and risk management.

Recipients include Abram Weider from Dixon, Mo.; Alexis Winick from Potosi, Mo.; Amy Tsai from Monett, Mo.; Ashley Yoder from Leadington, Mo.; Cameron Bias from Fayette, Mo.; Cassidy Cunningham from West Plains, Mo.; Delainy Kroeger from Palmyra, Mo.; Hannah Corcimiglia from Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Kaela Wellman from Quincy, Ill.; and Zoe Savat from Poplar Bluff, Mo.

“This is the second class of students to benefit from our scholarship initiative, which supports those pursuing a different path based upon the current climate,” said VIAA’s co-founder Henry Powers. “These recipients will offer so much to their rural communities, and we are proud to be a part of making this happen alongside The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis and Travelers Foundation.”

Founded in 2006, Valley Insurance Agency Alliance generates more than $350 million in written premium and is the regional founding member for the Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA), a $10 billion national alliance. VIAA is located at 6825 Clayton Ave. For more information, call (314) 333-4910.

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North Valley Surgery Center Upgrades to the Most Advanced Total Knee Replacement Experience

 The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates knee replacement surgeries are expected to increase a staggering 180% between now and 2030 in the United States. The total number of knee replacements is expected to hit 1.28 million procedures.

What’s especially troubling for many doctors is the number of patients who are unaware of robotics-assisted procedures and recent advancements that have been made in the field of orthopaedics.

Dr. Kaper, Orthopaedic Specialist at North Valley Surgery Center said, “We were one of the first ASC’s in the United States to embrace robotic technology when we acquired the NAVIO Surgical System in 2018. This technology allowed us, as surgeons, to offer our patients the enhanced accuracy and precision of robotic-assisted surgical techniques. With the upgrade to CORI Surgical System, we can now perform robotic partial and total knee replacements with a highly integrated and more efficient augmented reality workflow that will allow data collection and analysis to identify and optimize our surgical techniques and patient outcomes that has not been available to date.” Dr. Kaper continued, “I tell the majority of my patients to forget everything they thought they knew about knee surgery.”

Robotics-assisted knee replacement surgery using the CORI™ Surgical System combined with the features and benefits of Smith+Nephew’s implant portfolio can lead to the following patient benefits:

• Quicker, smoother recovery

• Regain function faster and return home sooner

• A unique plan: They use 3D digital modeling to get a surgical plan customized to the patients’ unique anatomy. This means their surgeon can perform the procedure more accurately than traditional knee replacement surgery.

• A natural fit: Using these technologies patients can keep more of their natural bone and ligaments, including the ACL. That helps maintain more of a natural rhythm and step.

• A wide selection: Their surgeon is able to choose from the widest selection of implants available, so implants can be precision-matched to feel more like a patient’s own knee.

North Valley Surgery Center reached a significant milestone on October 7th when Dr. Kaper performed the first total knee replacement surgery using the CORI Surgical System.

Brian Beach, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Sovereign Healthcare said, “We are very excited to continue our partnership with Smith+Nephew on the new CORI Surgical System. Since 2018, North Valley Surgery Center has successfully performed over 500 Total Knee Replacements utilizing the NAVIO Surgical System. We are thrilled to be offering this upgraded technology to our surgeons and patient population.”

About North Valley Surgery Center:

North Valley Surgery Center is Arizona’s largest and most technologically advanced outpatient surgery center performing over 16,000 procedures per year.

The surgery center is home to over 135 physicians and 75 full-time staff, with seven operating rooms, four GI procedure rooms, and a pain management procedure room. For more information, visit northvalleysurgerycenter.com

North Valley Surgery Center is a partnership between physicians, Sovereign Healthcare and HonorHealth. Sovereign Healthcare, based in Mission Viejo, Calif., manages the center.

About Sovereign Healthcare:

Founded in 2003, Sovereign Healthcare is a leading healthcare development and management company based in Orange County, California. As a partner with hundreds of premier physicians as well as some of the top health systems and prominent medical groups in the country, Sovereign operates ambulatory surgery centers and physician clinics and participates in numerous other healthcare-related businesses. In addition, Sovereign takes pride in its role as a prominent healthcare strategy firm, advising clients across the spectrum of care. And in 2020, Sovereign formed a partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame called Hall of Fame Health, LLC, which works closely with the NFL and other associated organizations to provide healthcare services and benefits to former NFL football players and families.

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