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Dr. James G. Spahn of EHOB, Inc

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OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of EHOB.   
After becoming a doctor through Indiana University’s medical program in 1970, I specialized in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery for nearly 30 years. This was the beginning of my extensive training in soft-tissue survival. In the process of developing a positioning mattress to postoperatively elevate my patients’ heads, I learned that this product, known then as the Position Perfect®, also helped prevent and treat pressure ulcers. Fascinated by the fact that my past training and reconstructive surgery experience closely resembled the techniques recommended for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, I founded EHOB, Inc in 1985 while continuing my practice as a physician.

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Ostomy Educational Program for Nurses in Jordan

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Having an ostomy does not mean having a lifelong disability. Living well with an ostomy can be achieved through patient preparation, education, and planning. Nurses who are knowledgeable in ostomy care can help a patient adjust to an ostomy. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the need for ostomy education for nurses in Jordan.   Although performed to improve patient health, ostomy surgery can be a life-changing event with both physical and psychological consequences. Persons with ostomies can experience poor quality of life (QOL), along with feelings of stigmatization, degradation, and isolation.1

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Mary Zappone of RecoverCare

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OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of RecoverCare.   Before becoming CEO of RecoverCare, I spent much of my 20-year career focused on understanding operations and finding ways to improve them at diverse global companies, including Tyco, General Electric, McKinsey & Company, and Exxon. Just before joining RecoverCare, I served as President of the Alcoa Oil & Gas unit, where I fast-tracked its market entry with five interdependent global contracts and commercialized seven new products. I’m finding my experience working in technology-based and technical product industries particularly valuable in my role at RecoverCare. Also, this post combines my dual interests in healthcare and management. Starting out as a biomedical engineer, I earned a BS in chemical engineering from John Hopkins University and volunteered at the John Hopkins Hospital as an undergraduate. I also hold an MBA in Finance/Marketing from Columbia Business School.

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Pressure Ulcer Competencies in Medical Education

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  About 2.5 million people develop pressure ulcers (PUs) every year.1 Because a PU is a common, yet undesired event, it is vital that an interdisciplinary team of providers collaborate to minimize PU incidence and competently care for patients with PUs.   Regulations regarding care of patients with PUs have increased. On October 1, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) started denying payments for hospital-acquired Stage III and Stage IV PUs, categorizing these wounds as preventable conditions.2,3 The regulation also mandated that coders examine physician documentation for PUs.4 Therefore, while prevention and treatment require interdisciplinary team effort, the focus is on physicians to be more accountable for PU prevention and treatment.

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Global Guardian: Warren Cooper: Providing Healthcare Where His Heart Is

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  Warren Cooper, MD, planned on working abroad for just 1 year before settling down and joining a practice in the United States. Little did he know when he boarded the first plane to Bangladesh he would become so immersed in a world desperate for medical care, that 13 years later his heart would still be overseas, and his practice would be in exotic countries struggling to develop.   Dr. Cooper spent much of his childhood living overseas with his missionary parents. When it was time for college, he returned to the US and earned his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College in Illinois and his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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Gary Restani of Spiracur Inc.

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OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of Spiracur.   
I studied at Sir George Williams University and Loyola University in Canada. I also attended Dartmouth College’s Tuck Executive Program, where I received a diploma in International Business. I have worked in the worldwide medical device industry for more than 35 years. Specifically, I was the President of ConvaTec, a Bristol Myers-Squibb Company, where I developed a high-performance management team that helped the company become a leader in wound and ostomy products, with global revenue of more than $1 billion. I also have more than 11 years of experience in the orthopedic sector, where I held divisional president roles with both Smith & Nephew and Zimmer, leading Zimmer Europe/MEA through a significant turnaround and contributing to its growth. Most recently, I served as president and COO of Hansen Medical, a medical robotics company; I directed the company from late stage development to early stage commercialization and first year revenues. I have dedicated many years to the healthcare and medical device world, particularly to wound care. Spiracur’s SNaP® Wound Care System, coupled with its executive team, were the perfect fit for me.

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Ron Najafi of NovaBay Pharmaceuticals

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OWM: Please describe your education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of NovaBay Inc.   
As a young man, I worked as a pharmaceutical sales rep for my father’s company in Tehran, Iran. I always enjoyed interacting with healthcare professionals and found providing patients with medications that would have a positive impact on their quality of life very rewarding. Over time, I grew more interested in the mechanism of action of drugs and their power to cure, such as with antibiotics, or to treat diseases like diabetes. After arriving in the United States, I spent years studying chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and University of San Francisco, and ultimately I received my PhD in synthetic organic chemistry at UC Davis.   Post graduation, I was eager to invest my knowledge in the field of pharmaceutical drug development. I gained valuable experience working at Sigma Aldrich (St. Louis, MO), Sanofi Aventis (Bridgewater, NJ), and Applied Biosystems (Carlsbad, CA). My early years working at my father’s pharmaceutical company and later for Sanofi Aventis prepared me for a career in healthcare and specifically the pharmaceutical industry. My experience in drug development combined with my entrepreneurial spirit led to my founding of NovaBay Pharmaceuticals in 2000.

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Ernest Waaser of Systagenix Wound Care

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OWM: Please describe the education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of Systagenix.   

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Skin Tears … Are They Really That Simple?

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Who is most at risk for having a skin tear? We know that the elderly are at risk because the rete ridges (epidermal junction), which help secure the epidermis and dermis layer together, start to flatten, allowing the epidermis to separate and causing a skin tear. Other patients at risk for skin tears include persons who are bed- or chair-bound or otherwise unable to change positions themselves; persons with inadequate nutrition or hydration intake; persons experiencing certain disease processes; and persons taking numerous medications.

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Mitch Roob of WoundVision

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OWM: Please describe your education, training, and work experiences that have prepared you for your current position as CEO of WoundVision.   I am a graduate of DePauw University and I have a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.   Most recently, I served as Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana and Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). As the Secretary of Commerce, I was a member of Governor Mitch Daniels’ cabinet and lead the state’s economic development efforts.

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