In the famous words of Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Truer words could not be spoken when it comes to my story.
From the time I was a little girl, I’ve always cared for people. It just seemed like a natural fit. I even won First Place in the Oregon State Health Occupations competition in 1982 for 2-person CPR and Medical Terminology while still in high school. I was hooked on healthcare after that.
Most of my life has been spent in Oregon, specifically Springfield. I clearly love it here.
My husband and I have raised my four children here. After spending nearly 35 years at a local hospital learning all aspects of healthcare and seeing a decline in our healthcare systems, I knew it was time to try to make an impact on a broken system and bring about positive change. I wasn’t the only one to notice what was missing in healthcare, though.
In 2008 when my healthcare mentor, Glenda Dennis, became the first person in the United States to start a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) using EKG guidance. Day in and day out, we witnessed fragile patients coming to the hospital to receive services that could be delivered in the comfort of their own homes. After all, everyone knows that greater healing is achieved at home. This technology gave us the ability to provide this service outside of the hospital or infusion center. This was groundbreaking! Between the heartbreaks and frustrated patients, families, and peers, a vision was birthed in our hearts.
Fast Forward to 2018, AIMS Vascular Access now known as AIMS Mobile Nursing was born with the goal of providing hospital-quality nursing care to patients in their homes at a fraction of the cost. Being able to provide functionality and affordability to our local community didn’t come easy. Gaining the confidence of other healthcare providers and changing the mindsets of patients seemed to be our biggest challenge. Patients deserve to know that they are a priority and spending time with them in their home is how we individualize their specialized care. They all needed to trust that the quality and safety of services provided by registered nurses in their homes or physician offices was more convenient, safe, and less costly than going to a hospital.
Since starting the company, it has been an honor and a blessing to serve my community.
Speaking of community, did I mention I love Springfield?!
It has been an absolute thrill to see Springfield grow into the thriving, prosperous, and supportive city I call home. When I’m not working, you’ll see me around town supporting local businesses, growing my heart through Springfield Rotary, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Lane Senior Support Coalition, Senior Provider Information Network along with the many other events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities I attend. I’ve made some of my closest friends, whom I now call family through being involved in such a hyper-local community.
Dear Springfield: “You wrap me in warmth, you allow me to grow. You support my being, as I am right now. I thank you. I am here for you too, to wrap you in warmth, to support your growth. We will grow and learn from each other.”
If you’re aiming for healthcare services, AIMS can provide the same quality in-hospital care AT HOME! Some of our top services provided:
- PICC Lines
- US Guided IV’s
- Blood Draws
- Catheter Care
- Wound Care
- Family and Patient Education
Tammy Inglis-Drew is the CEO of AIMS Mobile Nursing. You can reach her at 541-505-7386