THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF MOLD EXPOSURE

Federal guidelines for hazardous substances like radon, asbestos and lead already exist, but for those with mold lurking in their home, there’s little warning. No standards for the fungal growth have been set, despite a warning from the U.S. Government Accountability Office in 2008 that “indoor mold poses a widespread and, for some people, serious health threat” warns Lee of Mold Neutralizers. That health threat turned into a real-life catastrophe in the Towers family.

Until last year, Janeen Towers, her husband and two kids lived in a beautiful 4,500 square-foot home in Arizona. This is their story.

My husband and I recently found mold in one of our bathrooms. My husband removed what he saw, but we decided to look into mold remediation companies to check our house completely. We have 21 month-old son, and a 5 year-old sons who both were constantly sick with runny noses. My 21 month-old son had been on antibiotics over 5 times in his little 21 month-old life. This bothered us both greatly, and we started looking into possible problems in our home. Our pediatrician had actually thought that they both had allergies to dust mites. He prescribed allergy medication to my youngest son daily; however, my husband and I did not want to give him daily medication at such a young age.

We called several companies and left messages. Lee with Mold Neutralizers called me back within 10 minutes. He came out to our house that very same day. He thoroughly inspected the house and took samples of the places where my husband had removed the mold the week prior by himself.  Unsurprisingly, my husband had been very ill to his stomach following his removal from the mold he found. When Lee came to our home, he educated us on toxic mold. I don’t believe many people know the very severe risks of life, and illness that mold can bring to a family without this education. Within two days, Lee got back to me with the unfortunate news that an indoor air test confirmed my deepening suspicion: dangerously high counts of mold spores in two bathrooms, and basically gotten in the air we were breathing daily. The toxicologist told our family that we must leave our home and everything in it. I packed our bags and immediately got my boys out of the house. He and his crew began working at our house almost immediately, putting a couple of his other jobs on hold in my children’s best interest. He was compassionate, hardworking, kept in constant contact with my husband and me and worked directly with our insurance company (which at the time was actually being extremely difficult to work with). The mold in our home had been making us sick, and if he had not done what he did; my young children would have suffered the most in the long run. He not only got rid of the problem mold in our walls, under our bathtub and toilets, but he also completely rid our home of the mold in the air, in our humidifiers, in our AC, and even took it upon himself to make sure our cars were decontaminated  also. He gave us an estimate at the very beginning of the work to be done not really knowing what he was getting himself into, I think. I understand that there was much more mold and work to be done than what he probably thought because his estimate was much less than what I believe he, and his crew deserved. They worked relentlessly for 6 days in our home. When we returned not only was the mold gone, but he had completely sanitize our home making sure all mold and any chance of the mold returning were gone. His estimate never changed even though he ended up having to do extra work in our home. He actually basically became a friend during the process as I trusted him completely. He was sending me pictures of what they were doing all day long, as I never worried about anything that was going on.

With the risk of sounding extremely emotional, our urine tests confirmed high levels of toxins in all of us. After our treatment with the Mold Specialist Physician, my children do not have runny noses, and we have been back in for over two weeks. I actually owe Mold Neutralizers so much more than what they asked for. I believe Mold Neutralizers saved my children’s life, including my husband and I, because had this mold gone unnoticed, the neuro toxins would have eventually done more damage to my children. My husband has had severe mental illness as well, and we believe with time, this will get better as well. It brings tears of joy to my eyes, because Lee and his company with what they do daily, has changed my life and my children’s and our family’s life forever. I would recommend Mold Neutralizers to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

“Janeen Towers”

The story of Mrs. Towers and family has been varying patterns of illness reflect symptoms of hundreds of other expose to mold, but Mold Neutralizers doesn’t blame the Tower’s doctors, who failed to identify mold as a primary issue. Instead, most medical schools give little or no class time to environmental concerns.

“It is an area that is not well-taught and not well-recognized,” Lee explained. Mold is a recognized hazard going all the way back to Bible times. In Leviticus 14, the Lord commands Moses and Aaron to follow up on mold complaints. Lev. 14:36-37 says, “The priest must go in and check it. He must look carefully at the mold that is on the walls.” The passage then explains how priests must oversee repeat examinations, cleanings and eventual tear-downs if mold continues to grow in the home. The World Health Organization has published a report on toxic molds, known as mycotoxins, that notes significant health issues. It warned that “exposure to mycotoxins can produce both acute and chronic toxicities ranging from death to deleterious effects on the central nervous, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.”

To schedule a mold inspection anywhere in the USA, or if you have any questions about the dangers of mold, email Mold Neutralizers at lee@moldneutralizers.com, or phone 888-605-1116, or visit the websites www.moldneutralizers.com.

Harbor MedTech, Inc. Closing of its Series B Capital Round

Irvine, California – August 6, 2014–Harbor MedTech (Harbor) is pleased to announce the closing of its $10 million Series B Capital Round.  Arsenal Capital Management, LLC (ACM), a St. Louis based venture capital firm, led the round, closing on the first tranche in July.  Details of the terms were not announced. 

“We are extremely pleased with our new investment partnership with Arsenal.  We share a common vision about the huge transformation underway in the U.S. healthcare system towards more efficient and more cost effective treatments for chronic health conditions, and how that will impact healthcare providers and the innovative medical technologies they use.” said Jerry Mezger, CEO of Harbor MedTech.

“Our investment in Harbor continues the strategy of making significant investments in companies with disruptive products and technologies in the healthcare market.  Harbor is a relatively mature company for our Fund, having an FDA cleared product covered by issued patents.  The ACM investment will allow the company to aggressively bring their Architect® product to market and fund further development of EPMatrix,” said Pete Reinecke, Managing Director of ACM.  Harbor joins Kypha, TransMed Systems, Appistry and Homeward Healthcare in the ACM portfolio.

Added Mr. Mezger, “Harbor’s strategy from the beginning was to get ahead of healthcare cost containment mandates from Medicare and the Affordable Healthcare Act, and introduce ‘best-in-class’ therapies at a significantly lower cost for treating chronic skin wounds.  Our first product, Architect®, is poised to lead a paradigm change in the treatment of chronic skin woundscaused by diabetes and circulatory disease that, if not properly treated, lead to hospitalization, amputation, and increased mortality.  Clinical studies have shown that Architect offers ‘best-in-class’ treatment at a much lower cost than today’s therapies.The funding commitment from Arsenal is a critical element in support our efforts to make Architect available to patients in the U.S. and around the world.”

 

About Harbor MedTech, Inc.

Harbor MedTech, Inc. is a diversified and fully integrated biologics tissue regeneration company founded in 2010 and based in Irvine, California.  Harbor’s proprietary technology, BriDGE® enables the development of a broad range of biologic products for tissue regeneration.  Harbor’s first product, Architect®, is a collagen matrix used as a skin substitute for treating diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, serious burns, and many other chronic skin wounds. Architect® is already FDA approved and approved in Europe for helping heal chronic skin wounds Harbor’s future products include EPMatrix™ for reinforcing the repair of soft tissue injuries such as hernias and torn ligaments and tendons. 

Jerry Mezger
President & CEO
Harbor MedTech, Inc.
Tel.  949.679.4800
jerrym@harbormedtech.com

 

Peter Reinecke
Managing Director
Arsenal Capital Management, LLC
Tel.  314.722.2215
peter.reinecke@acm-stl.com

Natren Unveil Innovative Trenev Process for Superior Probiotic Protection

Natasha Trenev, founder and owner of probiotic manufacturers Natren, is so confident in the cutting edge technology developed by her team that she even lent it her name. The Trenev Process® is a unique proprietary technology that ensures unmatched survivability and stability of the live bacteria.

With so many inferior, lacklustre probiotic products on the market, it can be a real challenge to find a beneficial bacteria supplement that actually contains live organisms that are able to survive intact to reach the intestines. The Trenev Process® uses an oil-matrix system to micro-enrobe beneficial bacteria to keep them separated, non-competitive and virtually 100% protected from the stomach’s gastric juices.

Knowing that reports of poor quality probiotics and dead bacteria have led to a loss in consumer confidence in recent years, Natren are proud to guarantee the potency and number of CFU in all their probiotic supplements. The accuracy of the label declarations is verified by laboratory testing that is audited by a third party, enabling customers to make an informed choice to pick a high quality, guaranteed potency probiotic.

Natren have developed products focusing on three probiotic strains to form the company’s innovative three-step custom probiotic Healthy Start System. The complete system includes:

• Step One: Megadophilus ®
• Step Two: Bifido Factor®
• Step Three: Digesta-Lac®

Individually, these probiotic strains support different aspects of gastrointestinal health and overall health and wellbeing.

Natren’s Healthy Trinity® is their most popular and potent product, and includes all three strains, which work synergistically to enhance digestion, improve nutrient absorption, stimulate proper elimination and maximize immune function. The complete probiotic can also:

• Discourage undesirable bacteria from forming colonies in the GI tract.
• Produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), shown to inhibit yeast and bacteria.
• Relieve occasional gas, bloating and upper GI problems.
• Produce organic acids that promote normal elimination.
• Enhance digestion of dairy products by assisting lactose metabolism.
• Help maintain normal cholesterol levels.
• Assist digestion of complex carbohydrates and proteins.

Natren’s Healthy Trinity® provides 30 billion colony forming units (CFU) of effective beneficial bacteria per capsule, and features three probiotic strains:

• Lactobacillus acidophilus, NAS 5 billion CFU per capsule
• Bifidobacterium bifidum, Malyoth 20 billion CFU per capsule
• Lactobacillus bulgaricus, LB-51 5 billion CFU per capsule

Natren’s probiotic products have been formulated based on years of research, enabling the company to select the most beneficial bacteria for specific regions and functions of the digestive tract. By developing the Trenev Process®, Natren offer consumers a high quality range of probiotics that actually get to where they are needed, making them more efficacious and cost-effective than run-of-the-mill bacteria supplements that contain few live or stable cultures.

Specifically, Natren keep their live bacteria in their original culturing medium, or supernatant, guaranteeing the best environment for the probiotics so that they can have a greater impact on health once ingested.

Lifestyle Vitamins® are proud to be an approved retailer of Natren® high strength probiotics, working with Natren to guarantee that orders arrive correctly chilled so as to ensure potency right up to the point of delivery.

Visit www.lifestylevitamins.co.uk  Save 10% off Natren Products with coupon code: lpr10n until end of August 2015

 

Dr. Leslie Radentz Wins Prestigious Vitals Patients’ Choice Award

Seventh Annual Vitals Patients’ Choice Award Recognizes Dr. Leslie Radentz for Outstanding Care Based on Patient Feedback

Murrieta, CA — August 5, 2015 — Vitals, a leader in providing online transparency tools and data that help consumers find top doctors and make informed decisions about their medical care, is pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Radentz has been honored with the prestigious 2014 Vitals Patients’ Choice Award. The Award, now in its seventh year, is a widely recognized distinction bestowed on doctors by the people they care for — their patients.

Each year, Vitals receives millions of patient-reported ratings on various components of their doctor’s care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor’s bedside manner and follow-up care.

Vitals Patients’ Choice Award winners must receive an overall rating of at least 3.5 or higher (out of 4.0). Winning doctors must also have a medical license in good standing with no sanctions. Of the nation’s 1 million active physicians and dentists, just 5 percent qualified for this honor in 2014.

Dr. Leslie Radentz commented on the recognition:

About Leslie Radentz: a short profile by and about the honoree:

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“Doctors recognized with a Vitals Patients’ Choice award are committed to the patient experience,” said Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “We commend these doctors for bringing both compassion and expertise to the practice of medicine.”

Following the publication of Dr. Leslie Radentz‘s selection for the Vitals Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry seconded the honor and added Dr. Leslie Radentz to The Registry™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor’s custom wall plaque is shown here.

To learn more about the doctor and see the award, please visit Dr. Leslie Radentz’s profile on Vitals.com.

About Vitals
Vitals is reinventing the way people shop and save on their medical care. We support effective decision-making through cost, quality and access data, as well as reward and incentive programs. Vitals leads the market with the first transparency and engagement platform that achieves measurable savings for consumers through a retail-like approach to purchasing health care services. Through health plans, hospitals and our leading consumer websites, Vitals helps more than 150 million people each year access better, more affordable care.

McCann Listed in Top 10 of Long Term Care Specialists in Nation: AALTCI

Every year the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance lists the nation’s top specialists in LTC Planning. These are the ‘best of the best’ of those who assist consumers make Long Term Health Care Planning part of their retirement plan. Matt McCann, a 17 year veteran and nationally recognized LTC specialist was listed among the nation’s top 10. The AALTCI was established to create consumer awareness and advocacy to help consumers and specialists plan for LTC. Affordable LTC insurance pays for Long Term Health Care which health insurance and Medicare generally will not pay. People require LTC services due to illness, accidents or the impact of aging.

Matt McCann, a nationally known expert on Long Term Health Care Planning has been listed among the top 10 Long Term Care Specialists by a national trade and consumer organization.

The American Association for Long Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) announced their annual list of the top specialists in the country. They do so every year honoring the best of the best of those who help people plan for the high costs of Long Term Care.

“There are thousands of active insurance and financial professionals nationally who market long-term care solutions,” says Jesse Slome, the Association’s executive director. “To be recognized among the leading professionals in the nation is a most important distinction.”

A 17 year veteran, the Darien, Illinois resident helps thousands of people throughout the country plan for the physical, emotional and financial burdens Long Term Health Care can have on loved ones. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says if you reach the age of 65 you have a 70% chance of requiring some type of Long Term Care service in your lifetime. This means planning should be a key part of retirement planning. People require Long Term Health Care due to illness, accident or the impact of aging.

McCann was a well-known radio personality and manager who worked in a number of markets including Chicago, San Antonio, Lexington,
Des Moines and others. When his family experienced a Long Term Care event it initiated a career transition.

“When I first started in this career many consumers thought I was speaking about ‘lawn care’ not ‘Long Term Care’. Today people are very aware that the advances in medical science are allowing us all to live longer than ever before. The risk of needing extended Long Term Health Care at any age is very high and the costs create huge financial burdens since health insurance and Medicare pay very little toward this type of care. Helping people find affordable ways to address these concerns gives consumers peace-of-mind,” McCann said.

McCann meets consumers from all over the country using safe internet technology that allows the consumer to see his computer screen as they speak on the phone. McCann says this allows people to learn about their options in the comfort of their own home or office.

Very few insurance and financial professionals specialize in Long Term Care Planning. McCann, and his firm, McCann Insurance Services (http://mccannltc.com), represents all the top insurance companies. With 17 years of experience and thousands of clients, he understands how these plans work, how they are underwritten and how they get used at the time of claim.

“One of the biggest issues I see is consumers getting incorrect information and recommendations which are generally much more expensive than what is required. I spend a lot of time asking questions and listening. This allows me to help the consumer determine if a plan is suitable, discover if they health qualify and with which company and design an appropriate and affordable plan to shop for as we get the best coverage at the best
value,” McCann explained.

McCann says he can save consumers money and provide them with a plan that matches their retirement goals. This hard work and effort has made McCann one of the most well-known and recognized Long Term Care specialists in the nation.

“I am very proud of being listed in the top 10 of the best of the best by the AALTCI. My fiduciary responsibility to my clients is to make the proper recommendations based on the specific needs of the individual.” McCann said.

McCann has an educational website which helps consumers learn about Long Term Care, the federal/state partnership programs which are available in most states and the options they have for planning. Consumers can also get free quotes from all the top companies. The website is: http://mccannltc.net. Most people who start planning for Long Term Care are ages 40 to 60 although companies will consider young and older consumers.

McCann has helped consumers plan since 1998. He has also held sales leadership positions with a number of top agencies and is a well-known speaker on Long Term Health Care issues. McCann is cited often my major media outlets as an expert in this area.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has done post graduate work at Benedictine University. McCann is licensed in most states and certified with the federal/state Long Term Care Partnership Program.

Consumers can reach McCann at his website: http://mccannltc.net, or email: matt@mccannltc.net or toll free at: 866-751-7957.

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BHG to acquire North Carolina treatment centers

Jay Higham, Behavioral Health Group (BHG) Chief Executive Officer, has announced the acquisition of two opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in North Carolina, located in Asheville and Clyde. 
 
“We are delighted to welcome our North Carolina colleagues and patients to the BHG experience of care,” Higham said.  “Additionally, we look to this type of strategic acquisition as a logical next step in building the BHG network, while maintaining excellent patient care.” 

Dick Trotman, former owner of and new Executive Director for the North Carolina Market, said, “The North Carolina Team is pleased to join the BHG family.  We are excited to leverage their systems and industry position to continue to deliver the best quality care possible.” 

The facilities will undergo a number of infrastructure and information technology upgrades over the coming weeks.  Derek Walsh, Vice President of Operations Administration, is charged with developing and implementing the acquisition plan – “Over the coming weeks, we will be working with Mr. Trotman and his staff to integrate their facilities into the BHG Network.”
 
Dwight Mussleman, Chief Development Officer, is eager to see BHG expand into a new market – “There are copious amounts of patients to be served in North Carolina and specifically the Asheville metropolitan area.  We are proud to add facilities with a strong reputation for quality.”

 
About Behavioral Health Group

Opioid addiction is a growing problem in America with a rise in abuse of both prescription pain pills and heroin.  Behavioral Health Group (BHG) is a leading provider of opioid addiction treatment services. BHG utilizes pharmacotherapy (maintenance and detoxification) as well as counseling to treat both the bio-chemical and psychosocial aspects of addiction. In doing so, BHG offers patients their best opportunity for a successful recovery. With the addition of the two in North Carolina sites, BHG now operates 37 treatment centers in nine states.  BHG treatment centers are accredited by The Joint Commission.

For more information, phone 214-365-6100, email inquiries@bhgrecovery.com or visit www.bhgrecovery.com.

Long Term Care Planning and Health Care New Website Debuts

A new website has debuted featuring the latest news on health and Long Term Health Care Planning. The vision comes from a retired Alabama nurse with a passion for planning. She has helped establish this new website which will assist consumers learn about Long Term Health Care Planning and Health news.

Terri Flynn, RN is the publisher of www.longtermcareplanningnews.com. The website has resource links of videos and websites from many sources to help consumers as they plan for their future retirement in addition to the latest news stories in Long Term Health Care Planning and general health topics.

“Some people fail to include health related calculations as part of their planning. The end result is a financial and emotional impact on loved ones. I saw this many times in my years as a nurse. Just as important is the availability of quality care especially as people age. Without the proper resources and advance planning, these resources will be limited. This means an increased reliance of government welfare programs for healthcare. For many, this means a spend-down of hard earned assets before they would qualify,” said Flynn. 

Flynn notes the emotional and financial burdens placed on family can be huge. She says so many people fail to think about these things when they are younger and healthier. She notes that as a nurse she understands how health can change at a moment’s notice and planning is key to protect savings and help the family deal with these issues.

She said the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., reminded the public recently at the White House National Conference on aging that all of us are getting older. 

“All of us our aging no matter what age we are at, to be clear,” Vivek said.

Flynn said the Surgeon General says as people age they still want to remain independent. 

“The conversations we have had (with parents) is how they can stay healthy and independent as they get older recognizing they want to be part of their children’s lives but they don’t want to be dependent on their kids for everything,” he said.

This is why Flynn started http://longtermcareplanningnews.com.

“I really want people ages 40 to 65 to have a place where they can learn more about planning options and health issues so they can make the proper planning decisions. Be it savings and 401ks, Long Term Care Insurance, and ways to be more healthy, these are all things people need to start thinking about well before they become “old”,” Flynn explained.

The website will also publish submitted articles from professionals about planning ideas and those who have experienced issues regarding Long Term Health Care. Those articles can be submitted at info@longtermcareplanningnews.com. She hopes to publish as many articles as possible to help educate consumers.

Businesses who wish to advertise on the site can seek information at the same email.

“I would encourage those who are 40 to 65 to visit http://longtermcareplanningnews.com on a daily basis. News stories on these topics come up all the time and this website to a central location to find news and information about Long Term Health Care Planning and health related issues,” Flynn said.

The website is: http://longtermcareplanningnews.com  

CONTACT:

Contact: Chip Ramsey/251-348-1709 – EMAIL:  info@longtermcareplanningnews.com

New Website Provides News on Long Term Care Planning and Health Care

A retired Alabama nurse with a passion for planning has helped establish a new website which will assist consumers learn about Long Term Health Care Planning and Health news.

Terri Flynn, RN is the publisher of www.longtermcareplanningnews.com. The website, in addition to including articles on LTC planning and health issues, has resource links of videos and websites from many sources to help consumers as they plan for their future retirement.

“Some people fail to include health related calculations as part of their planning. The end result is a financial and emotional impact on loved ones. I saw this many times in my years as a nurse. Just as important is the availability of quality care especially as people age. Without the proper resources and advance planning, these resources will be limited. This means an increased reliance of government welfare programs for healthcare. For many, this means a spend-down of hard earned assets before they would qualify,” said Flynn. 

Flynn notes the emotional and financial burdens placed on family can be huge. She says so many people fail to think about these things when they are younger and healthier. 

She said the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., reminded the public recently at the White House National Conference on aging that all of us are getting older. 

“All of us our aging no matter what age we are at, to be clear,” Vivek said.

Flynn said the Surgeon General says as people age they still want to remain independent. 

“The conversations we have had (with parents) is how they can stay healthy and independent as they get older recognizing they want to be part of their children’s lives but they don’t want to be dependent on their kids for everything,” he said.

This is why Flynn started http://longtermcareplanningnews.com.

“I really want people ages 40 to 65 to have a place where they can learn more about planning options and health issues so they can make the proper planning decisions. Be it savings and 401ks, Long Term Care Insurance, and ways to be more healthy, these are all things people need to start thinking about well before they become “old”,” Flynn explained.

The website will also publish submitted articles from professionals about planning ideas and those who have experienced issues regarding Long Term Health Care. Those articles can be submitted at info@longtermcareplanningnews.com.

Businesses who wish to advertise on the site can seek information at the same email.

“I would encourage those who are 40 to 65 to visit http://longtermcareplanningnews.com on a daily basis. News stories on these topics come up all the time and this website to a central location to find news and information about Long Term Health Care Planning and health related issues,” Flynn said.

The website is: http://longtermcareplanningnews.com  

CONTACT: Chip Ramsey – 251-348-1709
EMAIL: info@longtermcareplanningnews.com

Nezzie Patient Ambulation Device Featured on The Nursing Show

Clifton, NJ – August 3, 2015 – Early and frequent patient ambulation post-surgery has long been tied to improved patient outcomes. The obstacle, however, to ambulating patients is most often related to a lack of staff resources, since safe ambulation may take up to three clinicians to assist the patient and manage equipment. According to an interview on the latest episode of The Nursing Show—a national medical podcast with more than 100,000 viewers—the answer may be a new device from Blickman called Nezzie. The device, designed by a Thoracic surgeon, allows hospitals to achieve early, frequent and safe patient ambulation with the assistance of a single clinician.

According to Blickman Executive Vice President, Nick Marinis, who was interviewed for the segment during the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in San Diego, Nezzie improves workflow and provides patients the benefits of frequent ambulation. Those benefits include faster recovery, possibly reducing a patient’s length of stay and lowering the risk of complications and peripheral diseases associated with immobility.  

Marinis pointed out the unique design and construction of Nezzie added to patient and staff safety, as well as the durability of the device.

“We are excited to have our story told on The Nursing Show because of its reputation for providing relevant information,” said Marinis. “What a difference it would make if clinicians had access to one piece of equipment parked bedside that would support the patient and that patient’s equipment.”

Podcast host Jamie Davis, himself an RN and EMT, noted the strong positive reaction to Nezzie at the Critical Care Exposition, describing the Blickman booth as being “mobbed” during the event.

To view the interview in its entirety, visit: Safer Patient Ambulation with Nezzie Episode 352 The Nursing Show

Healthcare professionals can schedule a free demo of the Nezzie at their facility by contacting Blickman Director of Customer Relations, Marsha Freedman, at 1-800-247-5070 or at m.freedman@blickman.com.

About Blickman

Blickman Inc., www.blickman.com; founded in 1889, is a leading manufacturer of customized stainless steel surgical equipment for the healthcare industry. Blickman is the preferred choice for quality, durability, price and service among hospitals, healthcare systems, surgery centers and clinics through the US and foreign markets. It is the only manufacturer in its class to offer a Lifetime Limited Warranty. The company is headquartered in Clifton, NJ and has manufacturing operations in Clifton, NJ and Saltillo, MX. Blickman’s product line can be found in hospital OR’s, ERs exam rooms, critical care and sterile processing departments of the world’s leading healthcare facilities. The Company’s mission is to offer solutions that last.

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Contact: Susan Rector
201-986-0251

AALTCI: Mary Ann DeKing Named Top Long Term Care Specialist in USA

A suburban Chicago woman who has been assisting consumers all over the country develop affordable plans to address the financial burdens Long Term Health Care has been named the country’s number one Long Term Care Specialist by a national trade and consumer advocacy group.

The American Association for Long Term Care Insurance lists every year the top Long Term Care Specialists in the country. This year, Mary Ann DeKing takes the top spot after a number of years listed at number two. She has become one of the most highly regarded Long Term Care Specialists in the nation. 

Mary Ann DeKing was awarded the top spot by the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance who every year lists the top professionals in Long Term Care Planning (http://www.aaltci.org/news/long-term-care-insurance-association-news/long-term-care-insurance-top-producers-announced-by-aaltci).

After a number of years at the number two position, DeKing claims the top spot.  DeKing uses her distinctive approach to helping clients address the physical, emotional and financial burdens Long Term Care places on family and friends.

“I am privileged that so many people allow me to assist their families find affordable solutions. The risk of Long Term Care is high and the costs and burdens to loved ones places tremendous pressures on families. I am honored so many people place their trust in me,” DeKing said.

DeKing has been recognized by the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) as one of the country’s top specialists since 2010. The AALTCI was established in 1998 and advocates for the importance of Long Term Care planning and supports insurance professionals who market the complete range of planning products. 

Since 2008 DeKing has been a force in the Long Term Care Industry helping thousands of people from all over the country. Licensed in every state, she has been on the forefront of new technology that safely allows consumers see her computer screen while she answers their questions on the telephone. This allows the consumer more flexibility as they can meet with her either at work or at home. 

Very few insurance or financial professionals understand how these products work since they can be complicated and all have different underwriting requirements. DeKing represents all the top insurance companies and can easily explain how the products work and matches the consumer with the best coverage at the best value.  

“Long Term Care Insurance is very affordable. I am able to find the appropriate coverage with the right company so my clients can have an affordable plan to address this risk,” DeKing said.  

“There are thousands of active insurance and financial professionals nationally who market long-term care solutions,” says Jesse Slome, the Association’s executive director. “To be recognized among the leading professionals in the nation is a most important distinction.”  

Long Term Care Insurance has become an important part of retirement planning. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says if you reach the age of 65 you have a 70% chance of requiring some type of Long Term Care service in your lifetime (http://longtermcare.gov). 

“This means Long Term Care should be a key part of retirement planning. People require Long Term Health Care due to illness, accident or the impact of aging. I help people address these concerns so they have the peace-of-mind knowing that their adult children will remain their children and not their caregivers. Many people I speak with want their families to be loving and supporting and not caregiving. This isn’t a burden they wish on their loved ones,” DeKing explained. 

Also honored this year was Mary Ann’s daughter, Cassandra DeKing who has joined her firm, Plan And Care, Inc. (http://planandcare.com). Along with Cassandra DeKing, Darlis Kirchhofer and Robin Devitt Allen are also among the top agents in the country at the firm.  

DeKing said since insurance rates in Long Term Care are regulated, every agent uses the same rates for each insurance company. Experience and knowledge of planning is what sets her apart.

“The main difference between me and a financial planner or a general insurance agent is the my level of experience in Long Term Care. I represent the top insurance companies and I can help people using safe screen sharing technology to make it simple and convenient for the consumer to meet with me, learn about their options and ask questions right from their own home or office. I help people find the best and most affordable options from all the top insurance companies. Plus I work with families at claim time,” DeKing added.

DeKing has sent up a website for consumers to learn more how affordable Long Term Care Insurance can be part of a retirement plan. Consumers can contact her for setting up a private consultation: http://www.planandcare.com. Her office number is 888-778-2905. 

 

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