Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care teams up with Cheeriodicals to bring cheer to Franciscan Children’s hospital
Brighton, Massachusetts – Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care, a national provider of clinical home care for medically fragile children, delivered 128 “big green boxes of cheer” to children and families at Franciscan Children’s hospital in Brighton on March 26.
At its first Best Practices conference since the company’s inception in 2016, 65 teammates from all eight states in which the company does business participated in a team-building event with Birmingham, Alabama-based Cheeriodicals last Friday.
Teams built two red wagons to gift to the hospital, in addition to the boxes of age-appropriate toys, snacks, and reading material. The boxes were packed on a truck and delivered to Franciscan, courtesy of Two Men and a Truck Wilmington, a local franchisee of a national company that partners with Cheeriodicals to provide safe, free delivery of the boxes to hospitals. A small group of Thrive employees then joined members of the hospital’s Child Life team to deliver some of the packages directly to children.
Thrive has a simple purpose: to provide high quality clinical home care to medically fragile children so they can grow and flourish to their full potential. It pursues that purpose with a strong set of core values.
“One of our core values is Social Responsibility, which we define as being philanthropic with our time and financial resources to benefit those in need,” explained Thrive’s Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Serrao. “To make this core value real we have established a Social Responsibility Committee that engages with teammates at all our locations to identify meaningful ways we can give back to the communities we serve and strengthen the bonds within our teams and across our growing organization.”
Franciscan has a similar purpose and was a great fit for Thrive in terms of size, according to Ben Deloach, Cheeriodicals’ director of business development and events. Franciscan provides compassionate, personalized, family-focused care and education for children with special health care needs, helping each child find the courage to reach their full potential with integrity and respect.
“This is our first time making a delivery to Franciscan Children’s hospital, and we are very impressed with the facility, the level of patient care provided, and the nursing and Child Life staff we worked with. We are very excited to be partnering with Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care to bring smiles to children and families today,” said Deloach.
Thrive currently provides a range of pediatric equipment, services, therapy, and skilled home care in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
“As a young company, just starting to build our Social Responsibility Committee, it was wonderful to be able to do something so impactful with our colleagues,” said Tricia Duncan, vice president of HR and Organizational Development. “Although our work is with medically fragile children, we do not currently provide care in Massachusetts, so it was nice for our Massachusetts teammates to have some face time with children to remind us why we do what we do each day.”
Employees at Thrive’s Wakefield, Massachusetts office also participated in the Boston Bruins PJ Drive for Cradles for Crayons this month, contributing 55 pair of new pajamas to go to homeless children.
Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care acquires Soft Touch Medical, LLC
Growing company aims to be national leader in pediatric home health care
Marietta, Georgia – Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care, a national provider of clinical home care for medically fragile children, has acquired Soft Medical .
The company was a natural fit for Thrive, which currently provides skilled pediatric home care in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Late last year, Thrive acquired The Pediatric Connection, a full-service pediatric home health care company in Virginia that offers respiratory therapy, home medical equipment, and enteral nutrition, as well as pediatric nursing.
“The acquisition of Soft Touch Medical and The Pediatric Connection increases Thrive’s reach in the pediatric home care space and makes us one of the leading providers of medical equipment and supplies to pediatric patients in the United States,” according to Greg Serrao, Chairman, President, and CEO of Thrive.
“We noted during due diligence the operating efficiency of Soft Touch, driven by strong operations management and highly competent team members,” said Serrao. “This acquisition brings Thrive to Alabama and Georgia, extending our services across eight states, and broadens our equipment offerings, which we intend to bring to our other markets.”
Kathleen Yeakey, president of Soft Touch Medical, joins Thrive’s senior management team as Regional Vice President, Medical Equipment and Supplies. Yeakey will be President of both Soft Touch Medical and The Pediatric Connection.
Thrive’s mission is to provide high quality clinical home care to medically fragile children so they can grow and flourish to their full potential. Founded in 2016, its goal is to be the provider of choice for parents, doctors, and referral sources, as well as the employer of choice for in-home clinical care providers.
Headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, and founded in 1997, Soft Touch is the leading regional provider of in-home durable medical equipment and services, primarily serving pediatric patients in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Founded to address the needs of the increasing number of patients receiving in-home healthcare treatment, Soft Touch provides a broad array of medical equipment and services to chronically ill children through diverse product offerings.
Serrao is confident that Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care’s infrastructure and leadership team will provide a smooth transition for Soft Touch’s clients and staff.
“We are excited to welcome the team at Soft Touch Medical to the Thrive team and look forward to working with the patients and families in Alabama and Georgia,” said Serrao. “We are especially excited to bring Kathleen’s expertise in operations management to The Pediatric Connection.”
Team Soft Touch Medical was well represented in
the Annual 5K Event benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
This has earned Soft Touch the coveted
2017 All-Star Run Top Team Fundraiser star award!
Our own Marc Castello joins in the fun with Song Book Share!
Soft Touch Medical joins Children's Healthcare to celebrate all of the superhero patients on Cape Day.
The annual Cape Day tradition, Oct. 20th, 2017.
"While some superheroes battle scary villains, at Children’s, our superheroes fight something much scarier—illnesses and injuries that many of us could never imagine. But when they wear a cape, nothing is impossible."
We had a blast at Camp!
Thank you, Camp Trach Me Away.
On Saturday, March 25th, Soft Touch Medical supported local Ronald McDonald House Charities in the Red Shoe Run.
Ronald McDonald House has been in the Savannah community for 30 years opening their doors in 1987. This is also the 30th anniversary of the race.
Andrew Hughes, manager of Shipping & Supply Refill recently spoke at the Future Forward 2017 Healthcare Technology conference. He is helping set the stage for moving our industry in the right direction.
Our own Paul Hughes brings
Holiday Cheer to our Atlanta Office.
Soft Touch Medical had a great time at the
2016 Strong Legs 5K in Atlanta.
This year our annual company sponsored event had a team of 75 people. What a great way to stay active and support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Camp Trach Me Away provides a medically fragile camping experience for children living with permanent tracheotomies and ineligible for the many camping programs for disabled and chronically sick children of Georgia.
Soft Touch Medical staff had a great time at the Camp Trach Me Away open house on Oct 9, 2016.
The facility, grounds, and staff were excellent and we hope that our eligible patients will consider applying for the camp opportunity.
We are proud to be a sponsor for such a great event.
Soft Touch Medical is very proud of the work our own Marc Castello has done for this worthy program.
1 in 4 children receiving a heart transplant will need another within the first 5 years. Enduring Hearts works every day to better these odds and improve the lives of heart transplant families. Now, in an effort to raise funding, awareness, and the spirits of families, Enduring Hearts and Always Saturday are teaming up to fill the hearts of 500 heart transplant kids across the country with a songbook called "The Moose & the Golden Spike" featuring Zac Brown Band singer-songwriter and storyteller, John Driskell Hopkins.
It pays to be the right person at the right place and time.
Harold Just, Soft Touch Medical’s Lead Respiratory Therapist, performed the Heimlich maneuver to save a coworker. Another employee was enjoying lunch in the break room with friends when food was lodged in the throat.
Harold was quickly summoned for help and instantly put his skills to work. Harold said ‘it’s just another day as a Respiratory Therapist’.
Choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
We are all very thankful to have such experienced and humble staff.