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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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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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After Hip Surgery: An Employee’s Story

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
I have been with Orchid for six years as our West Coast Sales Engineer, enjoying the successful rise of Orchid as one of the premier contract suppliers in the orthopedic industry. My responsibilities as a sales engineer include traveling to my accounts for face-to-face meetings to promote our capabilities and capture business for the divisions.
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The Positive Impact of Hip Surgery: Video

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016

We’re lucky to be in an industry that is growing and has a positive impact on people’s lives. It is especially inspiring when we have the opportunity to meet people that have been impacted by our products and services. Being able to invite them to our facilities to see part of the process that changed their lives, and the care and attention given by each of our employees is truly rewarding.   ..

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