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Learning from the best: World-class cardiopulmonary care expert visits IPI

Over the course of Independence Plus, Inc.’s over 30 years in business, we have provided the best home care possible to medically complex, ventilator-dependent adult and pediatric patients. One of the things that make us incredibly proud is our dedication to ongoing clinical training and education.

Recently, we were thrilled to welcome world-class cardiopulmonary care expert Adel Bougatef, MD PhD, to our Oak Brook office to share his vast clinical and scientific knowledge with our nurses and respiratory therapists. Dr. Bougatef, a neonatologist, professor, and researcher who has worked at various international medical institutions gave a lecture titled, “Mechanical Ventilation: Non-conventional Approach to the Treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Now residing in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Bougatef has spent more than three decades working to advance mechanical ventilation technology used to care for premature infants and adults with acute and chronic lung injury. He has twice been the recipient of the Forrest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award – given by the American Association for Respiratory Care annually to recognize outstanding individual scientific contributions in the area of respiratory care of cardiopulmonary disorders (the late Forrest Bird is recognized globally for inventing the first modern ventilator in the 1950’s).

Currently, Dr. Bougatef is CEO of CircuitLife, a Texas-based medical device company. He and his CircuitLife team continue to work toward alternatives to conventional mechanical ventilation; they expect to revolutionize the way respiratory support is provided to all who suffer from respiratory illness, from premature babies to elder adults. Click below to learn more about his past achievements and current work in a piece that ran in San Antonio’s MD News earlier this year. http://ow.ly/Tdkn30h0hoD http://ow.ly/i/B27FX

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To close out Respiratory Care Week 2017, Independence Plus, Inc. would like to recognize our Respiratory Therapy Team and thank them for their commitment and dedication to our patients. Read our blog to hear about the care they provide our medically complex, ventilator-dependent patients and to learn why they find their chosen profession so rewarding. #RCWEEK17

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Independence Plus, Inc.’s respiratory care team is an integral part of our mission to provide exemplary care and services for people at home with complex medical and respiratory needs. We are continually appreciative of the skills they bring to help our patients live their best lives at home. This week we join the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in celebrating Respiratory Care Week 2017 to recognize the respiratory care profession and raise awareness for improving lung health around the world. From our team to yours, Happy RC Week! #RCWeek17
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Independence Plus, Inc. is proud to be an exhibitor at the 2017 American Case Management Association Illinois Chapter Conference taking place today at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Visit us at booth #18 to learn more about how our team delivers the best home care services available for ventilator-dependent patients! To learn more about Independence Plus go to www.independenceplus.com.
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Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) is proud to announce the release of our newly redesigned website. The new site is faster, easier to navigate, and fully optimized with a responsive layout for an improved viewing and browsing experience on all platforms. The design provides an opportunity for us to better engage with our current and future visitors, and offers an expanded educational resources section for IPI's clinical field staff. We hope you like the simplified layout we've created with our friends at Orbit Media Studios. Check it out at www.independenceplus.com!

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A new year and another opportunity for new grad nurses! We are kicking off the new year with the 16th Cohort of our Home Nursing Residency, a unique employment opportunity for RN’s and LPN’s with less than one year of experience. If you fit the bill and are available to begin work on Monday, January 23rd, we welcome you to apply for our Residency, which will prepare you to become a trained specialist in caring for our adult and pediatric ventilator-dependent patients at home. http://ow.ly/Wv2T307Pt3y

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While their job is not always easy, devoted caregivers can make a profound difference in the lives of their loved ones. We spoke with Kayla, the mother of one of our pediatric patients, about how she balances being a mother and a caregiver, what advice she has for families going through similar situations, and where she finds her strength. http://ow.ly/uJ9W306Lzhf

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Preserving Your Moneymaker: Nurse Edition ... The way we provide care for our patients must be the way we provide care for ourselves. Read our 9 tips to help preserve your moneymaker. http://ow.ly/u6QZ305W0sp

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At Independence Plus, Inc., our patients’ success is the reason we exist. It is our greatest source of pride and accomplishment. Please read what it looks like from the perspective of loving, committed parents. Our “Speechless” Life: Parenting a Son with Cerebral Palsy, by Mark SooHoo. http://ow.ly/3fdi305l8H8

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"I find it very rewarding knowing that the nurses provided are allowing our patients to thrive at home with their families." - Shineka, MHRM, IPI’s Scheduling Manager http://ow.ly/35BR304JOjP
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