Category Archives: Events

IPI Connect: Emergency Management in the Home

IPI Connect offers a chance for our clinicians to meet on a monthly basis for networking and ongoing education and training.

Almost three years ago Independence Plus, Inc (IPI) began an education and training initiative known as ‘IPI Connect.’ Administrative and field clinicians are invited to monthly IPI Connect meetings to help build a more connected professional network for our clinicians and offer open discussions on topics directly related to the care we are responsible for delivering to our medically complex, ventilator-dependent adult and pediatric patients. To allow more of our nurses to participate, we are providing a wrap-up of each topic via our blog. Whenever possible we will also include a link to the slideshow presentation or printed information. February’s IPI Connect focused on Emergency Management in the Home. Continue reading

Celebrating IPI’s ONE TEAM!

Members of IPI's Scheduling Team at the annual Employee Appreciation BBQ.

Thank you to everyone who attended IPI’s Employee Appreciation BBQ, and to each of you could not make it, we hope to see you at another IPI event in the near future!
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‘IPI Connect’ – Part of our unwavering commitment to ongoing education and training

IPI Connect offers a chance for our clinicians to meet on a monthly basis for networking and ongoing education and training.

‘IPI Connect’ started with a goal to build a professional network for Independence Plus, Inc.’s (IPI) clinicians. Three years ago, the idea was to hold quarterly meetings to offer open discussions on topics and concerns our Home Nursing clinicians wanted and needed to know in order to stay up-to-date. Our meetings were such a success that they are now held monthly, giving our nurses more opportunities to take part in one aspect of IPI’s unwavering commitment to ongoing education and training. We encourage our staff to participate in as many IPI Connect events as possible and we are interested in ideas for future topics. If you have an idea, leave it in the comments section below! Continue reading

IPI at AccessChicago 2016

IPI's Healthcare Recruiter Shannon L. and Home Nursing Transition Specialist Anne S. at AccessChicago 2016.

Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) was proud to take part in AccessChicago, an expo for people with disabilities, held earlier this week at Navy Pier. The event, put on by the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), showcases the latest state-of-the-art products and services for the disabled community. Continue reading

An exciting employment opportunity for new graduate nurses!

IPI nurses are trained to become specialists in treating patients with some of the more rare ventilator-dependent diagnoses.

If you are an RN or LPN with less than one year of experience and are available to begin work on August 1st, check out a unique employment opportunity Independence Plus, Inc. (IPI) is offering. For nearly 30 years, IPI … Continue reading

Someone You Should Know: Karolina W., RN, IPI Clinical Manager

Karolina W., RN, IPI Clinical Manager

IPI’s Director of Nursing Services Nancy Tafoya was conducting a clinical supervisory visit in the field with a patient when she recalls a new Primary Care Physician asking her, “What part of heaven did you get this nurse from?” The doctor was referring to Karolina W., RN, who at that point had spent more than four years as a field nurse caring for IPI’s most medically complex adult and pediatric patients. “I commented that Karolina is one of the best field nurses we have,” Tafoya said. “At the end of the visit I asked her if she would consider interviewing for a Clinical Manager position.” Shortly thereafter Karolina joined the IPI Home Nursing Clinical Management Team, and just a few months into the job her colleagues say she has been an outstanding addition who brings a positive and straightforward attitude to her interactions with patients and nurses. We sat down with Karolina earlier this week to find out more about why she became a nurse and how she is enjoying her new role.
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Fighting Like a Champion Against ALS

Eric Von Schaumburg, an advocate for the fight against ALS, has been battling the disease for nearly three years.

It’s the end of May and a time for graduation and life change for many high school and college students. It’s also a time for inspirational speeches. At Independence Plus, Inc., we were recently honored to hear a speech given by our patient Eric Von Schaumburg, who was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) nearly three years ago at the age of 29. Since then, Eric and his family have become amazing advocates to raise awareness of this devastating progressive neurodegenerative disease. Continue reading

In Support of ALS

IPI’s  Anne O'Sullivan, RRT, RCP, Home Nursing Transition Specialist, and John Cahill, RRT, Respiratory Transition Specialist, at the Iron Horse Ball.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a cause very near and dear to our hearts at Independence Plus, Inc. For nearly 30 years, IPI has been providing people with ALS and other complex medical and respiratory … Continue reading

We Appreciate YOU!


A huge thank you to all of our employees who participated in our summer Employee Appreciation event yesterday on our front lawn! For those of you who couldn’t make it—you were missed! Because a picture says a thousand words, here are a few of our favorite images of the big day! Continue reading

Celebrating National Nurses Week 2015


This week, we’re celebrating our nurses! National Nurses Week is the perfect opportunity for all of us to recognize you, our RNs and LPNs, for your continuous commitment to serve and touch the lives of our medically complex, technology-dependent patients and their families. Continue reading

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