What's your take?
After 10 years in the newspaper
industry, I decided it
was time for a new
In late July, I became
editor of Surgical
Products. I went from
covering village board
meetings, school functions and high school
football games to writing
about the latest news from the OR.
Yes, definitely a career change, and
while all of it still seems a little scary
to me, I’m still fulfilling my passion
– writing and editing.
When I graduated with a journalism degree from the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh, my goal was
to build a long, satisfying career
as a sports writer, preferably with
a large, metro daily newspaper. In
the past 10 years I've covered both
sports and news.
In the past year I struggled with
the decision of what I wanted to
do with my career. I decided it was
time for a new beginning.
It’s not always easy to turn in a
different direction, but I’m excited
to join a bright, innovative staff
at Advantage Business Media.
Surgical Products is a strong maga-
zine and I believe it presents many
exciting opportunities for growth.
We’re constantly looking for
new ways to reach out to readers,
whether it’s through the magazine,
our daily e-newsletter, our website
or through social media. If you’re
on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn
you’ll see me posting the latest
big story from the surgical world
on our social media
platforms daily. If you
haven’t signed up for
our daily e-newsletter,
please do so! It’s a great
way to keep pace of
not just surgical news,
but the latest in can-
cer research, infection
surgery and much more.
Also, every day there’s a
feature on a new product.
During my career in newspapers, I always embraced reader
feedback. Since I’m the new kid on
the block at Surgical Products, I
want to know what works and what
doesn’t work; what are your likes
and dislikes? What would you like
to see in this publication? How
about online? On social media? Do
you have a lead on an interesting
story? Is there a new innovation in
the OR that you would like to read
about? Feel free to contact me anytime. I always enjoy hearing from
I would like to thank Editorial
Director Jeff Reinke for giving
me this opportunity and helping
me get acclimated to Surgical
Products. I’m looking forward to
working with Jeff and Advertising
Representative Kelly McCullick.
I would also like to welcome Jim
Lonergan, our new Chief Executive
Officer, to ABM. I’m impressed
with Mr. Lonergan’s vision, passion
and drive to make ABM and its
brands the best they can be.
New beginnings are always chal-
lenging, but they can turn out to be
An Exciting New
Codman Neuro launches two new catheters
Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson
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distal anatomy and is designed to provide additional proximal support of the catheter when more stability is required. The new catheter
is part of the ENVOY DA Guiding Catheter family designed with
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Hospital staff are the reason
for Healthmark Industries'
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The combination of unique
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it in water, lets the material
absorb water, then put the
Cool Aid on. Cool Aids come
in beanies, skull caps, neck
wraps, and vests.