Giving Thanks for Tough Times

November 6, 2011

We wanted to drop you a quick note and keep you updated.  

You may have noticed fewer updates on Facebook, Twitter, and this blog as we’ve cut back on the social events and focused on our mission to get through this economy.

Despite early success, we’ve had to scale back on our growth plans and “hunker down” while the demand for healthcare professionals has slowed.  In some cases, this has meant not filling open administrative positions so we can keep our costs down and run an efficient enterprise.

What changed?

The economic environment has not been favorable, and many of our respected competitors have chosen to close their doors.  The primary issue is national unemployment rates and the loss of insured patients. However, we’re stable and continue to enjoy making a difference in the lives of our nurses, therapists, and HIM professionals in the field each day.

We’re still finding a way to change the world, one person at a time.

One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned is that taking care of our team members, clients, and partners is job #1.  We’ve made some mistakes while reorganizing and have recommitted ourselves to maintaining strong relationships that will set us apart as other companies continue to cut their service levels.

We’re thankful for the lesson.

We’ve also learned humility, frugality, and other characteristics that should serve us well in the future.

The tough times aren’t always bad.

The future is bright.  Thanks for helping us change the world.

– Your friends at Clear Medical Solutions and Clear Medical Network

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Thank you notes

November 25, 2010

I’ve had all day and two separate Thanksgiving meals to think about what I’m thankful for at the Clear Medical Solutions family.  I thought I would share a couple of these thoughts with you.

  • Thank you to those who have helped form our new ideas.  You are some of the best and brightest in our industry.
  • To all those who dared to try our new ideas, those who could see the vision before others could:  Thank you!  (It was visionaries like you who brought us the airplane, submarine, and spaceship)
  • I’m thankful for the lessons of life that make us better, more caring, stronger.  They’ve made us who we are, even though they hurt so much.
  • To those who choose to work with us, and allow us to pursue our dreams.  Thank you.  We will not forget your gift. 
  • To those who keep working, when the going gets tough.  Your strength inspires us.  Thank you.
  • To those who’ve said “Yes”, when it was easier to say “No”.  Thank you.  (It was your “Yes” that gives us a tomorrow and a future.)
  • Thank you to the friends who share our story with their friends and colleagues.  You are the sponsors of our tomorrow.

To our team members, friends and family:  Thank You for your support!

You mean the world to us.

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 


The Things We Make…

November 19, 2010

…Make Us.

At least that’s what the Jeep said this summer when they unveiled their newest creation (here’s the YouTube link: http://bit.ly/b9TFd2).  It just begs the question:

What do you make?

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business” – Unknown

When we started our group back in 2007, we decided that we were going to “make” happiness for the people we work with, and guess what? 

It “makes” us happy.

With so many nurses, physicians, therapists, HIM’ers, and leaders suffering from fatigue, burnout, and mountains of paperwork, we figured happiness is something that would make a huge impact in our industry (and more importantly, our world).

So now every day we get together to pursue happiness for our people.  I always say that I’m the luckiest guy because I get to love my work, help people, chase goals, and make a career out of it every single day.  Yeah, it’s a battle sometimes (especially in this economy)…but it’s a battle worth fighting. 

Thanks for all the support.

If you know of any healthcare organizations that need someone, our people can be the solution.  We’ve built a nationwide medical community and we’d love to put it to good use making a difference. 

Let’s work together.

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 


A Reminder to Say Thanks

October 13, 2010
Chile mine rescue

Rescued!

I stayed up last night and watched the first miner surface after 69 days trapped underground.  It was an amazing thing to watch a man who was lost, be found, and the passion and ingenuity that was required to rescue them.

It made me thankful for what I have, and for my family, friends, clients, and colleagues at Clear Medical Solutions.

On behalf of our entire team, I want to say thank you to you for the support over the years, and for helping build a special community of medical professionals. 

Here’s the news story of the rescue.

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 


Happy Birthday…to us!

June 6, 2010

It began with a dream, some amazing people, and almost unlimited passion.

Now, after just three years, the Clear Medical Solutions group is one of the fastest growing healthcare groups in the United States and has the potential to touch the lives of millions of healthcare professionals, patients, and leaders around the country. 

You may be wondering why we’re celebrating three years. It doesn’t sound like a particularily big deal. However, studies show that 8 out of 10 companies fail in the first three years, and the last three years haven’t exactly been in a booming economy.

So, how does it feel?

It feels like…

…seeing your child come into the world
…the “first kiss”
…crossing the finish line
…a hug from a very old friend
…watching the sun rise over the ocean

It feels amazing, and we’re glad you’re here celebrating with us.

We wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at those who’ve help make the dream a reality, and share some of our favorite moments so we put together a short video to share with you.

Celebrating Three Years

Thanks to everyone who helped make this dream a reality!


The Olympics for the Rest of Us

March 1, 2010

This was a note written earlier by one of the members of our healthcare team. His passionate words do a great job of summarizing the way we feel about our work. We are one team, with one dream. To be the best for YOU and everyone else in the medical field!

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For Jenni, Ryan, Jane, Steve, Shannon, Sherry, Ashley, Lindsay, and the others working closely with me on our team.  This “little” note is for you.  You are my fellow Olympians, you are my team!  

This afternoon as I watched the Winter Olympics on TV with my wife and kids, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of sadness or a bit of jealousy about the Olympians’ chance to compete to be the best in the world at what they do. As an athlete in the 80’s, I still remember the thrill of getting ready for the big game and thinking of what that would mean to lose…or more importantly what it would mean to win.

It was a real gut check!

Before games, I would always remember all the hard work that went into training and practicing with the team. Hours and hours would be spent repeating the same drills over, and over, and over again. Muscles burning, sweat pouring down, out of breath…was it worth it?

Well, after a losing effort that same hard work I just mentioned above made a loss even harder and more painful to deal with. BUT, in that moment in time when you win, when the clock hits 00:00 when you’ve got more points, or the when you cross the finish line in first, OH HOW GREAT THAT FEELS!!

Yes, and in that moment of victory, it is the hard work that makes it even sweeter!

However, just like many of us, I am now too old to compete at that level. The stadium lights have dimmed. Echoes of the final buzzer have long since faded and my fellow athletes and I have all retired and join the ranks of fans that once cheered them on to victory.

So it is, that as I watched these Olympians giving their all, many of them for the last time, I felt a little jealous of their chance to work hard to be the best at what they do.

But that’s not it…

As the afternoon continued on, a new idea hit me over the head. Maybe I do actually find myself on a new team. The Clear Medical Solutions team!

Years after I ran my last drill, had my final team practice, and wore that uniform for the last time; I am once again part of a team that is competing at the highest levels to be the very best at what they do.

Yeah, I know it might sound a little crazy.  After all, who really believes that work can be as great as the sports of our youth, or even close to the Olympics? 

But as I gave this crazy idea more thought, I was able to make the connection.

Just like those Olympians who train day in and day out for week and weeks, for years and years, I too get up every morning and work all day (and sometimes evenings too) with an amazing team filled with leaders, nurses, consultants, therapists, staff members, super agents, and all kinds of other great medical people. All focused on one thing.

Being the best we can be.

And just like those athletes, we make mistakes and get exhausted during training. Also, there are injuries and losses that make us sometimes question our abilities to be the best. There are days that I am driven to my knees by a loss, but also there are moments of victory that I am soaring with the birds.

However, despite any bumps in the way and mistakes that I’ve made, one thing is certain: We are on our way to Olympic gold!

To the nurses, therapists, aides, and doctors on the team:  Thank you for your gold medal quality caring for the patients we serve. Behind everything we do, it is the patients that we have in mind. You are the final stage of that goal, and our entire team stands behind you.

To the leaders, consultants, and office experts on the team:  Thank you for helping make the way we care for each other and our patients work better. And thanks for helping make the way we do it more efficient and more compliant with the millions of rules out there.

To the girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, husbands, children, friends, siblings, parents, and other family members that have stood behind our team:  Thank you for being there for us day after long day. Just like those Olympic athletes, we are following our dreams and it feels good to have your support. We’re sorry for the days we are stressed out and we’re thankful that you are there to share our victories.

To the leaders that have chosen to work with our team:  Thank you for believing in us and giving our team the opportunity to practice our art and do what we love. We never forget that it is your trust in us that makes this all possible, and we appreciate you for that.

To each of my teammates, partners, clients, and supporters I want to say “Thank You”! It continues to be the thrill of a lifetime, and we are making a real different not only in the lives of patients everywhere, but in the lives of each other.

And that is something just as special to celebrate!

To everyone else that is out there competing for “Olympic Gold” in your area of passion, keep at it. In this economy I see a lot of people questioning themselves and their abilities. Stick with what you love, and keep your chin up! We still live in the land of opportunity, and I know for a fact that when you mix very hard work with passion, you get something truly golden.

As you cheer for your favorite athletes as they compete in the Olympics, I hope you will remember our team too. We continue working towards the gold medal, towards that goal of being the very best in the world. I hope you will cheer for us, share our story, or even join us if you share our passion for people.

Have a great weekend and I hope you enjoyed the Winter Games!


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