Insights: the Magnus Health Blog

Happy end of school year!

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 15, 2015 9:31:00 AM

May we sign your yearbook? It's that time of year again, and many, if not all, schools are winding down to summer vacation. We'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our schools for a wonderful school year! We are of course, not bidding adieu to you, as you have access to your account, and us, all the year through. But, we know you work hard all year long for your students, and we want to send you off to summer with warm well-wishes! Consider this our yearbook signature!

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Lessons learned from the 2015 Academy Awards

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 23, 2015 1:05:00 PM

I'm not going to pretend that The Oscars has an enormous amount in common with school health. But I will argue, there are lessons to be learned and/or reiterated from the glamorous affair - and none of them are about fashion.

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Giving back: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jan 20, 2015 11:34:28 AM

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If you've been following us for a while, you know that we like to spend time volunteering in the community - not for good karma points, but because we really do enjoy it. We've made arts and crafts with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County, we've held dodgeball tournaments to benefit local school health services, and this year, we decided to use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as another opportunity to volunteer our time.

Thanks to the United Way and their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, finding volunteer opportunities was easy. The hard part was deciding which volunteer project to be a part of. We decided on gardening, then got ready to throw on torn jeans and old tennis shoes. "Gardening" is a loose term, though. In all actuality we were trailblazers with shovels.

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2nd Annual Dodgeball Charity Challenge was a success!

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Oct 2, 2014 9:17:11 AM

Saturday was a comfortable 79 degrees, sunny, with a light breeze. All I needed was some sunscreen and four hours of dodgeball. I got both at the 2nd Annual Raleigh International Dodgeball Charity Challenge.

We were competing against an NCSU football game, a motor cycle rally, and four other festivals in surrounding areas, but those things didn't stop us. Saturday, from 10-2, top notch dodgeball was on display, and Bandwidth claimed the title, all in an effort to raise awareness and money for Wake County school health services. Our mission: Identify children with health needs that have gone unidentified due to lack of access to care, and ensure they receive the care they so badly need.

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A note from the CEO: Identifying students with health needs

Posted by Chas Scarantino on Sep 4, 2014 9:33:00 AM

The ratio goal for school nurses to students is 1 to 750. In Wake County, we are well short of that with a current ratio of 1 nurse for every 2,400 kids. These nurses are tasked with the significant responsibility of identifying and developing care plans for every student with an identified issue within the first 30 days of school. In that same 30 days, faculty and staff must be trained as well. These tasks consume the first month of the year. The remainder of the year is spent managing these students, constantly evaluating their plans, and identifying new students. Oh, and did I mention these nurses make house calls too?

Over the next three years, the Wake County Human Services Board of Commissioners has committed to employ 40 new nurses at Wake County Schools. These new nurses, along with the current staff, will be deployed across Wake County with a focus on the schools with the highest need (identified health issues). This is called an acuity model, and it is a great start, but there is a problem.

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Update: Dodgeball meets school nurses

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Jun 18, 2014 9:53:00 AM

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Not too long ago, I wrote a post about our annual charity event, the Raleigh International Dodgeball Charity Challenge, and announced our new initiative. Now, I'm back with more details. First off, it's September 27th, 2014, and you need to be there. Even if you're across the country, you should book a flight to join us. It's. That. Much. Fun.

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Announcing this year's charitable initiative

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Mar 18, 2014 9:34:00 AM

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Maybe you've heard of the Raleigh International Dodgeball Charity Challenge - it's kind of a big deal. OR, maybe you haven't - after all, the event is less than a year old. Either way, I'm here to tell you this fall we will hold The Second Annual Raleigh International Dodgeball Charity Challenge, and it is in fact a very big deal.

Last year we held the tournament, and spent over 1,000 hours volunteering, all in support of the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs. All proceeds from fundraising througout the year, and at the tournament went toward the Clubs' biggest need - transportation. With the more than $27,000 we raised, they were able to overhaul their entire fleet of buses, giving the club kids reliable transportation to events vital to their development.

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Doughnuts and Valentine's Day? Yes, please!

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Feb 11, 2014 8:07:00 AM

Dear Magnus Insights Reader,

Friday is Valentine’s Day, but some of us at Magnus got in on the love-fest early. This past weekend, several folks represented Magnus at the 10th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge (K2C). It’s not exactly a Valentine’s Day celebration, but it is a very lovable cause that benefits the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. If you’re not familiar with the K2C, allow me to explain. It involves a 2.5 mile run (walk, crawl, etc.) through downtown Raleigh to a Krispy Kreme store, consumption of 12 doughnuts (2400 calories), and a 2.5 mile run back. All in an hour. The Krispy Kreme Challenge website describes it as a “test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude.” I affectionately refer to it as Gluttony for Good.

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5 Health tools for parents

Posted by Carrie Chandler on Jan 28, 2014 9:15:00 AM

goalsFrom tips to help students stop procrastinating, to advice on how to host a healthy classroom celebration, we’ve explored how schools and students can put their best feet forward this year, all while under the helpful watch of the school nurse. Now, the last puzzle piece to our Health Tool Kits is for the parents, whose duties leave them exhausted at the end of nearly every day. It's time to turn the tables and take care of the people who take care of everyone else.

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2013 in Review

Posted by Kathryn Sloop on Dec 31, 2013 9:33:00 AM

Oh what a year! It’s been a busy one here at Magnus, and certainly for you too. I sat down and tried to succinctly communicate some of our highlights, but the list kept growing. So, I’ve selected some of our very favorite moments. It just so happens, something fantastic happened every single month. Admittedly some items are less serious than others, but they all tickled us pink.

  • January: We produced our ASHE Award video to kick off the 2013 nominations. 
  • February: We doubled our number of employees. 
  • March: We began volunteering daily at the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • April: We moved to a new office – it’s nearly three times the size of our old one.
  • May: We announced Nancy Weida and Sister Mary Brenda as the 2013 ASHE Award recipients.
  • June: We launched our app, Magnus Mobile, and announced the Magnus Health Why – We believe in better care.
  • July: We went on a Boston Duck Tour with new and old friends at the WhippleHill User Conference.
  • August: We held the first ever Magnus Cobbler Wars – we all won that day. 
  • September: We kicked off the Magnus Road Show and held customer boot camps in nine cities throughout the fall.
  • October: We were named one of the Triangle Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, and we hosted the Inaugural RDU International Dodgeball Charity Challenge, benefitting the Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • November: We reached 750,000 users.
  • December: We had our first ever photo booth at our holiday party. We also confessed why we love Magnus.
  • All year long: We released new software nine out of 12 months – all requiring zero install for the customer.
Tell us, what happened for you this year? What made 2013 an especially busy, crazy, successful, and/or memorable year for you? teambuilding
Above, the Blue Barracudas capture victory on our most recent teambuilding day. A fantastic event, and it didn't even make the top 12 list!
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