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“Congratulations Mark, we have a heart for you!”

Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017
“I was driving to the gas station a mile from my house when all of a sudden I heard my LVAD start to beep; knowing I couldn’t take the chance I immediately turned my car around and sped home. I knew I had to plug it in before it died and my heart stopped beating.” The weight of this harsh reality became all too familiar for Mark Turczyn, a 55 year old man with a faulty heart.  ..

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One Moment a Sought After College Recruit, the Next Paralyzed from the Waist Down

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
 
Within a matter of seconds Ray was completely paralyzed from his waist down. “It felt like the world's heaviest blanket on my legs,” said Ray. Immediately after the accident, Ray was rushed to the emergency department to go through an intense and long surgery. At the hospital, Ray’s mom, Tina, met up with her son “He was alive so I was grateful, whether he was walking or not!” ..

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From an Operating Table to Manufacturing Plant, Orchid Visitor gets the Behind the Scenes Look into Manufacturing

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017
On Friday, October 6, 2017 Orchid’s Lansing site had a special visitor. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Creg Carpenter was able to see firsthand where parts he commonly uses in surgery are created. Dr. Carpenter has been a surgeon for over 20 years working mainly with knee and hip replacements. He was introduced to Orchid when one of Orchid’s employees, Tom Lockwood, had hip surgery. The two found that they shared something in common shortly into the appointments leading up to surgery. ..

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An Employee's Hip Surgery: Tom Lockwood

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017
Tom Lockwood is a Lean Site Leader at our Lansing, Michigan site. Tom grew up on a 10 acre farm next door to his grandparents’ 250 acre farm in Gregory, Michigan. “I enjoyed working on my grandparents’ farm and other farms in the community. My grandfather was a metallurgical scientist at the Ford Rouge Plant and taught me problem solving & machine repair on the farm.” ..

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Chasing the Storm: Hurricane Harvey Relief in Houston

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

If I were to list off seemingly random numbers, stats or percentages without context they wouldn’t mean much to the average reader. Numbers like 130, 12, 2,500, 82 wouldn’t impact someone one way or another. Something that will cause people to respond is context, so let me put those numbers into context. The first number, 130 was the miles per hour the wind was blowing in Houston during hurricane Harvey, 12 is the number of years it’s been in the United States since we have seen a hurricane this destructive, 2,500 was the number of distress calls that went out during the hurricane, and 82 is the (current) recorded number of deaths. It was the meaning behind those numbers that caught my attention and called me into action.  ..

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The Impact of Jaw Surgery: How Bone Plates and Screws Improved My Life

Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Being told you have to have surgery can be pretty terrifying news. It can postpone plans, cause you to worry, and put you into an uneasy mood. At fourteen, most people don’t expect that they need to have surgery. Fourteen is when you start to focus on high school, friends, sports, hobbies, etc. Although all of those things were my focus at fourteen, they weren’t the only thing I was focused on. After a few orthodontist visits, my doctor informed me that I would eventually need jaw surgery. ..

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Orchid Design is Living by our Core Values

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

At Orchid Design, employees find ways to live by the core values that make Orchid a great company. ..

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Orchid Oregon Supports AFSP

Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

For the month of April, Orchid's Oregon facility raised funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Donation jars were spread throughout the facility and a silent auction took place for the last two weeks of the month. All of the proceeds went towards AFSP.  ..

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Orchid's Technical Insights Explored Through White Papers

Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Orchid has published a number of white papers that walk through simplifying supply chains and utilizing technologies in orthopedic manufacturing. These include studies on how to make cutting tools safer for patients while reducing costs, titanium coating on PEEK for spinal implants, and strategies for protecting profits in our market. Below is a summary of some of our white paper topics. ..

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Titanium Coating on PEEK Spine Implants

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Orchid’s titanium coating on PEEK differentiates us in the market. The technology was developed at Orchid Switzerland (formerly Alhenia) and is sought after by our customers for spinal implants.

The spine, or vertebral column, is a bony structure formed from the vertebrae. It consists of 24 articulating and 9 fused vertebrae in the sacrum and the coccyx. All the vertebrae are separated with an intervertebral disc composed of cartilage. It plays a very important role as a shock absorber for the impact of the body’s daily activities, and keeps the two vertebrae separated
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