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Weathering the storm” has long been a phrase used to describe surviving a difficult challenge in life. Challenges come in all forms and can be physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual. But it’s equally true that storms are always a part of life. We are either heading into, passing through or coming out of one kind of storm or another. Often times, we are battling a combination of storms occurring at the same time.

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Getting Old Ain’t for Sissies

I had dinner with my dad over the weekend and given the nearness of his birthday (November 22nd) he was understandably reminiscing about his almost 81 years of life. Most of the community here in Murfreesboro and the employees at TwelveStone know that my dad is a pharmacist. He is the reason that I entered this profession more than 30 years ago.

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The Momentum of Care

Momentum is a key factor in the success of any organization. It's the ability to keep moving forward, even when things aren't going well, or when they're changing rapidly. This matters because momentum keeps us from getting stuck in place, and it helps us move forward into new areas of growth and possibility.

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How Infusion Centers can Improve Post-Acute Compliance and the Care Experience for Patients with Complex Chronic Conditions

Research has shown that care plan nonadherence is associated with “increased physician visits, higher hospitalization rates, longer hospital stays, disease worsening, and increased mortality.”[1]  Patients living with chronic conditions that require intravenous (IV) treatment are especially vulnerable. One of the greatest concerns is adherence to treatment. Infusion centers can fill this role by becoming a partner in the patient’s healthcare.

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Living with Neuromyelitis Optical Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD)

Last year we shared information about neuromyelitis optical spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a chronic disease whose source is yet unknown, affecting between 1 and 10 per 100,000 Americans. Meet Deshon Williams, a Wonderful Patient from our Infusion Center in Canton Georgia.

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Honor Where Honor is Due: Nurses Week 2022

Happy Nurses Week! Nurses have always been the cornerstone of medical care delivery and it is important to give honor where honor is due. We are thankful for the incredibly talented nurses that work in a variety of positions at TwelveStone Health Partners. Our patients are blessed by your unwavering commitment to excellence balanced with caring, empathetic attitudes.

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Mother’s Day and the Sandwich Generation

For those of us in the sandwich generation, the age when we begin taking care of the women who raised us while also addressing the needs of our own children this is an especially poignant moment to honor our wives. My wife Amanda was a clinical professional who spent her career as a nurse caring for others. These days, she is most certainly the center of our home where she is air traffic controller for our three children and on point for issues associated with caring for aging parents. Her labor of love and ability to balance it all is quite astounding to behold.

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Where does your Joy come from?

We don’t have to look far to find unhappy people. This is not what Jesus wanted for His children. He came that we might experience real joy and that our “joy might be full” (abundant and overflowing). Yet, many of God’s people are still incredibly miserable because they think being “happy” and being “joyful” are the same thing.

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The Spirit of the Underdog

March Madness is appropriately named. Sixty-four teams come to the dance with hopes of taking home the NCAA top prize. Everyone brings their very best. And every year, brackets are blown as a few ‘Cinderella’ teams knock out the top seeds in the first or second round. But rarely does it happen past those first two rounds.

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Are You an A-Player?

“A-players” are essential to the success of any organization. At TwelveStone Health, these valuable team members are the people who embrace our values and work passionately towards a collective goal. They are also committed to their team and work collaboratively to achieve common objectives. A-players have a clear understanding of their role within the company and contribute value in a meaningful way.

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The Politicization of COVID

When Public Health is Compromised by Political Maneuvering. How did matters of public health become a political issue? Cancer is not Republican. Diabetes is not Democrat. Heart disease is not Libertarian. Yet here we are.

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Kindness and Compassion, the Very Heart of TwelveStone

In 1990, I embarked on the journey to become a pharmacist. I am fiercely passionate about helping people and saw this career path as the perfect balance between science and service. Since beginning my career in 1994 in the family business (which evolved into TwelveStone Health Partners), I have only grown more devoted to connecting with people and ensuring that they receive the best care possible. It is a core responsibility of every team member to let God’s grace work through us to treat others with kindness, compassion, love, and peace of mind in their most challenging season.

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When the slate is clean where do you begin?

Welcome to the new year friends! Coming back from the holidays often involves mixed emotions. I find it can be bittersweet for one year to end and another one to begin, but I do love the clean slate that comes with a new calendar year. But, before diving into this new year, I’d suggest taking a moment in this transition.

Waiting for Christmas

Waiting for Christmas is a season of stillness, of waiting and of expectant hope. God brought His only son to us in the whisper of a dark night, away in a manger, away from the crowd.

The Foundation of a Successful Leader

It has long been debated whether leaders are born or created. And if you ask what makes a successful leader you are likely to find a variety of answers. Leaders come in many forms. Some are called to create from inception, others are more skilled for a maintenance season and then there are those who are at their best leading through storms and trials. Depending on someone’s native abilities, acquired skills and personality style they may be more successful (and/or more fulfilled) in one of these settings more than the others.

Be Excellent. Have joy. Love your job. What you do matters.

When you think about work, does it generate a feeling of joy or dread? Do you get excited looking at what you’ve accomplished at the end of the week, or do you start the Friday countdown on Wednesday? Considering that we spend 40-50 hours a week (or 45% of our waking hours) at our job, one would hope that we are spending it doing something that we enjoy and that matters to us and to others.

Memories from 9/11

Memories (Good and Bad) can be great reminders of the faithfulness and goodness of God across the span of our lives. Memories also motivate us toward prayer, thanksgiving, and praise.  They may also act as tormentors that drive us to re-live pain, remorse, regret, or the shock of serious loss.  Good or bad, memories overtime can get cloudy or fade away, while others are etched like a photo on a steel plate in our minds. The memories that never seem to leave us (good or bad) should always serve to move and motivate us toward better things.

Corporate Culture

We can look at culture (organizational health) in a company the same way a builder looks at the mortar between the bricks of a house. If the mortar is cracking or weak then the house will not be stable. It might collapse under the strain of bad weather due to a poor “mortared” foundation. The mortar at TwelveStone is a combination of our purpose statement, core values, aligned strategy, commitment to teamwork, and healthy communication.

The Most Rewarding Achievements in Life

The very word ‘achieve’ implies earned so let’s first eliminate the unexpected blessings we receive. But for those rewards that we do in fact earn there seem to be three main characteristics.

Prayer Matters

Life is hard. People are flawed. And at times this world makes it seem like there is no safe place. Sharing prayer requests is one of the most vulnerable things we can do. It is handing over a person or situation to someone else, trusting they will honor it well.

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The Power of Prayer

Most companies don't have a chaplain---but perhaps they should. The TwelveStone commitment to both the physical and spiritual healing of our patients extends to our employees as well. Families care for one another, and we like to view our organization as an extension of our own families. That's how we treat every patient...

The Miracle of Forgiveness

Forgiveness can be a painfully difficult but life-changing choice. Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) was a Dutch activist during the Nazi Occupation of the Netherlands. She worked tirelessly to hide Jews from arrest and deportation driven by her Christian faith. Her strongly held belief was in the equality of all human beings before God led to her imprisonment, along with many of her family in a concentration camp.

Improving the Lives of Patients Suffering with NMOSD

Neuromyelitis optical spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is a chronic disease that typically affects between 1 and 10 per 100,000 Americans. NMOSD is usually characterized by an inflammation of the optic nerve and spinal cord, creating a host of symptoms, including damage to the motor, sensory, and autonomic functions[1], causing incontinence and difficulty walking. This autoimmune disorder causes the individual’s own body to attack the central nervous system impacting proteins like aquaporin-4 resulting in some patients testing positive for aquaporin-4 antibodies.

Healthcare Heroes

While out driving around, I saw a sign on a business about the “57 Rules to Success”. It read: Provide incredible value to your customers. The other 56 don’t matter. This sign made me think about the work we are doing here at TwelveStone and how proud I am of the value we provide our own customers.

On Restoration and Hope

An interaction I had with a woman at church recently seemed to really fit this topic. She shared that she had gotten an infusion in the TwelveStone Murfreesboro Infusion Center. She went on to share that she had been quite nervous until she stepped out into the hallway and saw the scripture on the wall from Isaiah 40:31

On Giving Thanks

On September 28, 1789, the first Federal Congress passed a resolution asking that the President of the United States recommend a day of thanksgiving. A few days later, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a "Day of Publick Thanksgivin" - the first time Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new Constitution. It was a time of great excitement in this new nation. Giving thanks seemed the right thing to do, can the same be said today?

Moving Past the Pandemic – The Plan for Vaccines

Like many of our clients and my constituents, I lost a dear friend this past weekend due to COVID-19. Although he had a blood disorder and other comorbidities that simply prevented his immune system from mounting a serious fight against the virus, I have become more convinced each day that this virus is not going anywhere. The “new normal” for this season will include cough, cold, the flu and COVID. There are many opinions about the COVID vaccine and the topic of vaccinations in general. As a healthcare provider and a member of the Tennessee Senate, I have made the decision to get immunized as soon as it becomes available for three reasons.

The Power Of Prayer And Humility During Challenging Times

Governor Bill Lee recently designated October 15th as a Day of Prayer, Humility, and Fasting.[1] And the need has never been greater. The proclamation acknowledges the “pain, suffering and challenges Tennesseans are experiencing from this unique season of life in our state and in our nation.” It speaks to, among other things, our need to “act with justice, kindness and love, no matter the circumstance.”

A Higher Level of Care: Making a Difference One Patient at a Time

As a senator, I have the opportunity to routinely connect with people across the state of Tennessee. This happened again Sunday afternoon in Bedford County. I was approached by a gentleman who explained to me that his wife had been facing a number of serious health conditions over the last couple of years that required in-home infusion services from TwelveStone Health Partners.

Building A Safer LTC Community For The Next Pandemic

After nearly four months of shut-down due to the coronavirus pandemic, our nation is finally in the process of reopening. Most states are following a multi-stage strategy for which businesses and organizations can reopen first, as well as guidelines that have to be followed. Although some states’ guidelines are more stringent than others, most agree that there must be no compromises when it comes to reopening our long-term care (LTC) facilities. These facilities have borne the brunt of our nation’s COVID-19 fatalities.

Facing the Invisible Foe Head On: Protecting Tennesseans Throughout The COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Imagine that you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean and a huge surprise storm suddenly hits. You were not prepared for a storm, so the boat quickly capsizes, and you find yourself floating in the ocean.

Response to COVID-19: A Challenging Time, Yet Remembering What’s Most Important

The rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) reminds us all of the vital role hospitals, health systems, and providers play in supporting our society during stressful moments like this in history.

Healthcare Age Discrimination. Not Ok, in Tennessee, nor America.

Former NYC Mayor and current presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is taking heat for suggesting that it’s reasonable to deny treatment to older Americans as a cost-cutting measure for a health system in crisis. Media outlets including Forbes, reported that in 2011, Bloomberg was recorded saying that society’s unwillingness to make hard choices when it comes to caring for older Americans is “going to bankrupt us.”1

Starting the Year and Today in a Positive Way

I celebrated my 52nd year of life this past weekend.  Although no one’s life is easy, I’ve had my share of blessings along the way and am thankful on this Martin Luther King morning for another week to live, love and try and make a difference in Murfreesboro, Tennessee--our little corner of the world.

It’s a Wonderful Life

There are more than a few tremendous lessons that can be extracted from the interaction between George Bailey (and Jimmy Stewart for that matter) and Clarence the angel.

Christmas, A Magical, Difficult Time

For many of us, the holidays can be an emotional roller coaster.  We want to celebrate and remember “The Reason for the Season”, but the empty chair at Thanksgiving and now Christmas and even New Years can bring tears and heightened grief.

The Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals of 2019

The Joint Commission, accrediting more than 21,000 health care organizations, has new patient safety goals for 2019 to take effect in 2020. The goals highlight safety problems in the current state of healthcare and offer possible solutions.

National Diabetes Month Part II: Bob’s Diabetes Care Journey

November is National Diabetes Month, an observance that invites individuals and communities everywhere to focus attention on diabetes. This educational and advocacy effort is organized and promoted by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Tennessee, An Intelligent and Intentional Approach

The Tennessean published a thoughtful article this morning about the opioid epidemic in our state. First and most importantly, my heart goes out to any Tennessean that has lost a loved one or friend to an overdose of opiates. As my scorecard indicates, we understand this is a major problem and are committed to winning this battle.

Certificate of Need: Impact on Access, Affordability and Quality?

As featured in TN Talks, a monthly publication of the Tennessee Association for Home Care

Making Strides Toward a Healthier Future for ALL Tennesseans

The state of Tennessee is beautiful on so many levels: our people, our natural resources, our great farmers, and top universities. We have so much to be grateful for and appreciate. But there are several significant challenges that strain our state, especially in the area of healthcare.

Four Steps To Improving Healthcare In 2019 and Beyond

Embracing Change and Innovation is the Key to Success As a state senator and head of a post-acute specialty pharmacy, I see first-hand the remarkable strides being made in healthcare every day. Even though we have a long way to go to be where we should be in terms of care delivery and outcomes, I

A Christmas Miracle

by Chip Sekulich, TwelveStone Chaplain Many years have passed since I found out who Santa really was, after which Christmas lost much of its mystery. However, I still believe in the possibility of Christmas miracles. A Different Time, 51 Years Ago Christmas of 1967 was a rough time for many families, especially those with loved

Displaced By Michael, Blessed by TwelveStone

By Chip Sekulich, TwelveStone Chaplain Many of us have enjoyed the beauty of the Gulf Coast of Florida. As you know, Eastern Panama City, Mexico Beach and Southwest Georgia took the brunt of Hurricane Michael’s wrath. We look at the shattered shore line and realize that many, many lives have been impacted by the devastation

Remember…17 years ago, today.

By Chip Sekulich, Chaplain and Patient Advocate | TwelveStone Health Partners Seventeen years ago this morning, over the course of several hours, nearly 3,000 people in the Northeastern US left this life unexpectedly and the lives of many millions of the rest of us would be changed forever. Certainly, we should remember positive events and

A Stone Given, A Stone Returned

It started out as a day like any other, walking through the capital, mentally reviewing the day’s agenda when a gentleman approached me. “Mr. Reeves, you don’t know me, but my father was one of your patients. He passed away in November.” The man reached into his pocket, sharing something personal—“He gave this to me

Women and Heart Disease: Know the Differences

Heart disease does not discriminate. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year and women are only half as likely to survive a heart attack. Why? The Hollywood Effect Many women don’t know what a heart attack is supposed to feel like. Hollywood has skewed the perception. It’s not a

Heart Disease: Facts that Save Lives

February is Heart Month. Beyond Valentine’s Day, it’s the time of year we bring awareness to: Heart disease Best-practice prevention protocols Heart disease medications and drugs to avoid Dosing factors and Solutions for simplifying medication adherence There is a Difference between Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Coronary Heart Disease. Patient’s often interchange the terms Coronary

Lipscomb University trip to Nicaragua aided by Rx4HIM

Recently, Lipscomb University took a team of 22 students and medical professionals to Nicaragua on a medical mission trip over the winter break. The team visited four cities: Yali, Pantasma, Apanas, and Jinotega, setting up a clinic in each.

Thanksgiving Blessings

We all remember learning about Thanksgiving in grade school. Besides making hand turkeys, many of us reenacted the Thanksgiving meal when pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians sat down together to celebrate the bountiful harvest. It’s hard to believe that nearly 400 years have passed since the first Thanksgiving in 1621. We can thank Abraham Lincoln for

Chronic Condition Patients Require More than The Corner Pharmacy

When was the last time you went to the doctor and came away without a prescription? If you’re like most people, it’s probably been a while. In fact, nearly 75% of doctor visits result in a prescription, and nearly a forth of us take 3 or more prescriptions on a regular basis. * That’s a

Either the Worst Luck or the Greatest Miracle: Lee Golden Chooses ‘Miracle’

Just over a year ago, Chief Pharmacy Officer Lee Golden thought he had a sinus infection. The weekend before, the competitive marathoner and father of two had just completed a 20-mile training run. But something wasn’t right. Within just a few days, he was admitted to the hospital with suspected meningitis. But other than a

7 Ways a Trump Presidency Impacts Post-Acute Care

By Shane Reeves, CEO of TwelveStone Health Partners With a Trump administration well into its first 100 days, those involved with post-acute care are busily reading the tea leaves brewing in Washington. Here’s a look at the likely changes coming to the post-acute care landscape: Hospitals are in the hot seat; post-acute care must be

Praise and Thanksgiving

By Shane Reeves, CEO of TwelveStone Health Partners After such a difficult election season, it only seems right to stop, reflect and think about why we even have Thanksgiving. It originated as a harvest festival and has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. Thanksgiving has been celebrated

Honoring Pharmacists and Looking Forward

By Shane Reeves, CEO of TwelveStone Health Partners October is American Pharmacists Month, so it’s only appropriate that we honor the health care professionals who help us wade through adapting to new medications, recommended relief from seasonal allergies, and—if we didn’t get a flu shot—kindly point us to the medications that provide help during cold


“I believe that one of the next great moves of God is going to be through believers in the workplace.” — Dr. Billy Graham

The Transformation of Post-Acute Care

By Shane Reeves, CEO of TwelveStone Health Partners In a recent article put together for the Nashville Business Journal I summarized my thoughts about where I see our industry heading in terms of the transformation of post-acute care. Regulatory transformations and demographic shifts have quietly lined up to create a “perfect storm” for providers in

Lessons Learned at Leadercast

By Shane Reeves, CEO of TwelveStone Health Partners At the Leadercast Event last week, some incredible speakers shared highly relevant content with more than 100,000 people nationwide. As sponsors of a site in Murfreesboro, many of the leaders in my company and our community were able to hear from a group of really motivating presenters

The Transformation of Post-Acute Care

By Shane Reeves, CEO of TwelveStone Health Partners In a recent article put together for the Nashville Business Journal I summarized my thoughts about where I see our industry heading in terms of the transformation of post-acute care. Regulatory transformations and demographic shifts have quietly lined up to create a “perfect storm” for providers in

What’s Next in Healthcare—It’s All About the Patient

I think one of the most profound changes I’ve witnessed in the healthcare industry over the past 25 years is actually a philosophical challenge. Previously, executives and leadership had more of an inward focus—how many beds are filled this month? How many providers do we need for staffing? What is our market share in the