U.S. News & World Report Issues the 2018-19 Best Hospitals – Top 20 Honor Roll

U.S. News & World Report released their 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings.  Nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide were evaluated based on analysis gathered on performance in adult and pediatric clinical specialties, procedures and conditions.  Only 20 hospitals performed the best to make the Honor Roll.  About 60% of the Top 20 hospitals are Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) customers and many are repeat customers with more than one MPI packaging solution being utilized in their facility.

The rankings for the Honor Roll consider 16 areas of complex specialty care and 9 specific procedure and conditions such as heart bypass and lung cancer surgery.  Hospitals receive points for both the specialty rankings and procedure and condition ratings to make the Honor Roll, which has a maximum total of 480 points.   The higher their rank in specialties and if they earn a “high performing” in the ratings, the more points they acquired.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings acknowledges hospitals for outstanding performance in delivering complex and common care.

Please click here to view the complete list of recognized hospitals and the methodology used in the rankings.

Medical Packaging Inc. Named One of The Best Places to Work In New Jersey

(Flemington, NJ) – Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI), a leading manufacturer of unit-dose medication and pharmaceutical packaging and labeling solutions, is one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in New Jersey, according to NJBIZ, New Jersey’s leading business journal.

MPI ranked No. 13 out of 31 finalists in the small employer category, consisting of 15-49 employees.  The Best Places to Work in New Jersey awards program recognizes and honors the state’s top employers who show a dedication to their employees’ professional growth and quality of life.

“We are honored to have earned a place on The Best Places to Work in New Jersey list this year,” said Andrew Bartels, President & CEO of MPI.  “Our employees are our most valuable resource and they are essential to the outstanding service we provide to customers as well as the overall success of the company.  We take great pride in creating an inclusive, high-performance environment based on our corporate core values to provide a culture for employees to thrive.”

Winners were determined through a two-part company assessment process conducted by the Best Companies Group.  The first part consisted of an employer questionnaire on company policies, practices and demographics.  The second part was an employee survey to measure engagement and satisfaction.  The information collected from the process produced a detailed set of data used to rank participating companies.

MPI Mentioned in Effective Unit Dose Packaging Strategy Article

In the article entitled “Develop an Effective Unit Dose Packaging Strategy” published in Pharmacy Purchasing & Products, Mark T. Edgerly, RPh, director of pharmacy at Elmira Psychiatric Center in New York, discusses their unit dose repackaging strategy, which utilizes MPI’s Auto-Print® and Fluidose® unit dose packaging systems.  The importance of bar coding, a vendor’s customer service department and staff training were factors in determining their approach.  Learn more about their method and benefits realized with the facility’s repackaging strategy.

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Implementation of Auto Syringe Filling Technology Improves Pediatric Pharmacy Performance

When it comes to neonates and pediatric patients, one size does not fit all. Dosing is typically based upon the patient’s weight and, to a lesser extent, age and/or body surface area. To manage these various dosage requirements, doses are custom tailored and subsequently prepared manually for each patient. This individual repackaging of oral liquid medications tends to be a time-intensive process.

For Enrico Ligniti, Pharm.D., Director, Pediatric Pharmacy Service Line for Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, New York, utilizing the Auto-Draw® and AutoWrap® Oral Syringe Filling Labeling System to batch-fill weight-range–based doses seemed like a potential opportunity for increasing efficiency and improving safety in his pediatric pharmacy.

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Announcing Our New 7mL Unit Dose Cup

Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) is pleased to announce a new 7mL unit dose cup for use in the Fluidose® Series liquid packaging systems. This cup remains easy to open and allows for plenty of room for printed medication and barcode information.  The reduction in size reduces headspace lessening the effects of oxidation, improving the stability of repackaged drugs. The new cup supports any fill up to 7mL and is an addition to MPI’s existing 15, 25, and 35mL cup line. It’s available in all standard colors and compatible with all existing Fluidose® Series liquid packaging systems.

Two Leading Healthcare Companies Collaborate on New Product Offering

January 19, 2017 — To streamline pharmacy operations for customers who use products from both companies, Pak-Edge™ UD software by Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) can now print your Medi-Dose® Lid-Label® Covers.  This enables you to use the same software to package a medication with MPI’s Auto-Print® packaging solution or with Medi-Dose’s manual system, depending on which best suits your medication needs.

Andrew Bartels, MPI President/CEO states, “We are very excited to collaborate with Medi-Dose on this new product offering.  It will greatly benefit our companies’ mutual customers.”

“Our core mission is to reduce the potential for medication error while making the packaging of unit dose meds safe and easy,” says Robert Braverman, President of Medi-Dose. “This collaboration helps pharmacists and their staff choose the best solution to meet the specific needs for each packaging job.”

About MPI

Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) is a leading global manufacturer of automated unit-dose medication and pharmaceutical packaging and labeling systems, equipment, barcode labeling software, and MPI-certified consumables.

About Medi-Dose

Medi-Dose/EPS have been unit dose, bar coding, pharmacy and nursing supply experts for over 40 years. The Medi-Dose System is used in pharmacies around the world to safely package and identify unit dose medications.

MPI Awarded Skills Partnership Training Grant from State of New Jersey

On November 15, 2016, Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) was awarded a Skills Partnership Training Grant from the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Skills Partnership Training Grant funds are competitively awarded to New Jersey employers to provide up to 50% cost reimbursement assistance to train current and/or new employees to meet the current and future skill requirements of high skilled/high wage jobs in New Jersey.

Medical Packaging Inc. will use the funds to broaden the reach of the current training budget and continue to develop a strong employee team here in New Jersey. This grant will provide MPI the opportunity for continued development of MPI’s employees focusing on learning additional or alternate ways to improve our business to better satisfy our customers.

MPI’s President/CEO, Andrew Bartels states, “We are very fortunate to be awarded this training grant from the State of NJ. We will be using this grant to train our employees on applying Lean methodologies to our manufacturing processes. The training from this grant will create the foundation for continuous improvement and growth.”

Pak-EDGE™ UD Barcode Labeling Software Serialization and Track and Trace

rsz_oral_solid_strip_serial_350x250Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI)’s serialization feature is available through its latest 2016 release of its exclusive Pak-EDGE™ UD Barcode Labeling Software and will work with most MPI pharmacy packaging solutions produced since 2009. This feature provides customers with the ability to print individual packages with a unique serial number and barcode in compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Currently in use internationally and in pharmaceutical repackaging centers this feature is available for any US customer working towards implementation. Contact MPI today to find out how you can benefit from the use of the serialization and traceability feature.

Announcing the Launch of Our New Website

Medical Packaging Inc. (MPI) is proud to announce the launch of our brand-new website, which is the result of a close collaboration between our company and Textivia, Inc. of Raleigh, NC, our online marketing partner. We approached Textivia with the goals of updating our site’s visual design and functionality while also showcasing our products, services, and philosophies.

Our new website features cutting-edge mobile-responsive functionality to ensure a seamless browsing experience between platforms—from smartphones to tablets, PCs, and beyond. The new website is also far easier to update and manage, helping us keep our customers informed of our latest products and services.

“We are focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience, and this new website launch speaks to our commitment to providing a more valuable and simplified online environment for our current and future customers,” says MPI President and CEO Andrew Bartels.

We are also continuing the development of our new “customer portal,” which will offer a clean, straightforward, and highly-intuitive interface featuring new self-service capabilities. We hope you will explore our new website, found at www.medpak.com, to learn more about our company, our products, and our services.

MPI Announces New Corporate Headquarters

BuildingMedical Packaging Inc. (MPI) is pleased to announce that we have moved to our new corporate headquarters, located in central New Jersey. This move is designed to better serve MPI’s customers by consolidating all research and development, manufacturing, fulfillment, and corporate operations in a single state-of-the-art campus that will position us for sustainable, long-term growth.

The consolidation of two separate locations and transition to new corporate headquarters offers an open environment designed to maximize collaboration and drive innovation. This expansion supports our increased investment in developing and manufacturing new pharmacy packaging solutions for unit dose packaging and barcode labeling of medication and will accommodate future growth. Consolidating operations into one location allows our company to leverage the combined strength of all of our employees in all departments, enabling greater collaboration and efficiencies that will ultimately strengthen our ability to provide quality customer and technical service to our customers and to develop pharmacy packaging solutions that exceed expectations.

Andrew Bartels, MPI President and CEO notes, “Our new headquarters provides us scalable growth, allowing us to create new solutions and services for our growing number of customers and provides the unique opportunity to further streamline and improve existing operations through combined resources and centralized operations.”

MPI’s new headquarters is located in a modern 24,000 square foot building with sufficient accommodations for centralized manufacturing processes and product development. A virtual pharmacy featuring MPI’s pharmacy packaging solutions has also been created to showcase the innovative packaging solutions and software we manufacture which assist our customers in increasing efficiency, decreasing costs, and improving safety in medication administration.