Sometimes I just can’t stop myself. There are SO many neat backgrounds and designs out there, it makes my mind go crazy thinking about all the options. I wanted something happier looking… more spring-like. Something that says COLOR! Does this do it? Is it too over the wall? Let me know your thoughts, good or bad.
I need to go play with my fabric.
Early in the month of March I posted about walking on my treadmill. I had hoped to participate in an annual walk down in Ann Arbor, MI. Well, I’m going to be doing a little different form of walking during a stress test on March 26th. I’ve had them before, so it’s nothing new. But until I know what’s causing me problems, I have to take it easy. That means no training. Geesh! I’m just trying to get HEALTHY HERE! then on the 31st I get to have an Echocardiogram. Such fun.
I haven’t posted much lately. Sorry about that! I’ve been working a lot, and quite frankly I’ve been tired. Doing a lot of couch sitting. I have put in a little quilting time, both by hand and by machine. Hand quilting while watching/listening to T.V., machine quilting in the basement on the weekend. My circles quilt here has three more narrow borders to be quilted, then the binding and label and it’s done. The Paper Lanterns quilt has been fighting me, but I am winning. I will have to spend some time frogging on it (RIPPIT, RIPPIT, RIPPIT). The tension was off when I started and I didn’t realize the birds nesting on the back. Now it seems to like me. The photo here shows meandering with gold metallic thread in between the lanterns (which are sideways). I will have to turn the quilt to finish quilting at some point. But I’m now enjoying the process!
Wishing everyone a wonderful, sunny weekend… wherever you are!
35 years ago Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy was a small corner drug store serving the people of Flint, Michigan. Today Diplomat has corporate offices located in Swartz Creek, MI; is run by a veteran executive team, and provides medication therapy for chronically ill patients across the country. With locations in Flint, Swartz Creek and Grand Rapids MI; Chicago; Ft. Lauderdale; and a national distribution center in Cleveland; Diplomat is now the largest, privately held specialty pharmacy in the nation.
“Our growth is great for our company and our employees, but it’s also good news for the people of Genesee County,” said the company’s president Phil Hagerman. “Pharmacies have a very real economic impact. 70% of the money spent at a local, independent pharmacy stays within the community. That’s a step in the right direction for Genesee County and Michigan.” The majority of Diplomat’s 300 employees live in Genesee County where unemployment numbers are some of the highest in the country.
Hagerman’s father, Dale, founded the business and ran it with the motto of: “caring for one patient at a time.” To this day that patient- centric philosophy still applies to every business decision the company makes. “We still offer our specialty patients one-to-one personalized care,” stated Hagerman. We’ve carved a niche in the healthcare business and use state of the art technology to provide personalized medication management for chronically ill patients.”
Monthly, or as necessary, Diplomat’s team of clinical pharmacists, nurses and patient care coordinators contact every Diplomat specialty patient to assess therapy progress. Diplomat’s patients have illnesses such as Oncology, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, Crohn’s Disease and Hepatitis. Patients require help with insurance hurdles, financial barriers, side effect management, injection training and compliance issues. Hagerman says that when these burdens are removed, patients are more likely to take their medications as prescribed and achieve optimal clinical outcomes.
Diplomat’s patient care model is working. Recent company surveys of patients and healthcare professionals show that 99% of Diplomat’s patients are “satisfied”, including a substantial 89% who say they are “very satisfied.” Moreover, 89% of healthcare professionals agree that “Diplomat exceeds the service levels of most other pharmacies.” And when it comes to adherence and persistency (taking the right drug at the right time over the entire course of therapy) Diplomat’s patients exceed numbers far above national percentages.
These impressive satisfaction and adherence numbers are hitting the radar screen of Managed Care Organizations, Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Employer Groups and Drug Manufactures not only in Michigan but across the country. Diplomat now has exclusive contracts with several organizations and is in negotiations with several other large groups.
“We have maximized our operations here in Michigan to care for the members of very large managed care organizations,” said Atheer Kaddis, Diplomat’s VP of Managed Care. “We continue to expand the services we offer, develop hi-touch/hi-tech electronic patient care systems and hire more staff; all with the expectation that over the next couple of years our patient volume will double.”
Keeping Patients Healthier…Longer.™
I had hopes of sleeping in this morning. My usual “get-up-and-go” time is 5:45 AM. Today I “slept” until 7:30. Slept is not the right word, though. Dean nicely shut the bedroom door when he got up at 5 AM. But Stormie missed her mom, so she sat outside the door for what seemed like hours going MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW! MEOW!
I have a small collection of little dogs that was started when I was a toddler by my grandpa. My grandpa was a hunter and had hunting dogs. But when he was little, he owned a springer spaniel. The little dog on the right in the photo was given to me by grandpa when I was not quite ten. When I would go visit him, he’d let me play with it. He even tied a little string on it so I could pretend it was a leash and pull it across the desk. If you look at the closeup of him, you can see the old string. It’s falling apart, but I will never remove it because grandpa put it there. He’s made out of iron and weighs a ton!
The other dogs in the collection are newer. The middle dog represents the Old English Sheepdog Dean and I got shortly after we were married. “Elbrus” was a real lover. He loved people SO much he’d jump all over them wanting attention. For that reason, he was a real pain, but we loved him. The little puppy on the left represents our wonderful Golden Retrievers, Maestro and Gretzky. They are now keeping Jesus company.
This little Boxer lives at my dad’s house right now. My grandma on mom’s side raised boxers. They were all named “Ginger” and this was hers. After mom got it, she painted it with gold paint because it was looking rusty. He also weighs a ton!
Do you have any little things from your childhood that are special to you?
The church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany is holding the world’s longest concert, due to last 639 years. A composition by John Cage first began on September 5th, 2000. I’d love to be there for the changing of the note! It’s coming!
Dean took me to see the production of Jesus Christ Superstar last night at The Whiting Auditorium in Flint, MI. I had seen the movie years ago, and in high school our choir did (almost) the entire show, so I knew the music. IT WAS AWESOME!
Ted Neeley starred in the original movie, and he is in the production now as Jesus. His performance was absolutely amazing. He’s almost twice the age that Jesus was when He died, but the acting and singing was spectacular, and he received a lot of standing ovations and loud applause.
Judas was played by James Delisco who has a phenomenal voice. He’s a newcomer to national tours, but you will see him much more often, I’m sure.
The show has been updated somewhat to reflect modern times. If you are able to catch this in a performance near you, it is well worth the cost (which wasn’t bad, I might add). I found myself in tears in parts of the show, and seeing it during the season of Lent made it even that much more of an impact.
TWO THUMBS UP!