DeRoyal President and COO Bill Pittman Announces Retirement
February 25, 2016
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, USA (15 February 2016) – Bill Pittman, DeRoyal's President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced his plan to retire at the end of the first quarter of 2016, after a career spanning 32 years with the company. Mr. Pittman will take over the investment property portfolio that he and his father have developed under the brand Pittman Properties.
Mr. Pittman began his career as an account manager, relocating to Columbus, Ohio, where he became DeRoyal's sales trainer and specialist in the territory. He returned home to the corporate office as a product manager focusing on new product development and went on to serve tenures in the Marketing, OEM and Orthopedic divisions as Vice-President, becoming the company's President in 2009. In 2010, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Pittman's prolific career includes spearheading the successful development and launch of hundreds of healthcare products, notably DeRoyal's burn products, surgical accessories, laparoscopic accessories and Continuum, a medical device dispensing, billing and reordering system. He is also the holder of 7 U.S. patents with others pending at the time of his retirement.
Most significantly, Mr. Pittman focused on expanding DeRoyal's presence internationally, and under his leadership, the company now has sales in more than 70 countries.
"Being a part of DeRoyal during the last three plus decades has been a life-shaping experience that I treasure," said Mr. Pittman. "This company knows no boundaries, and what this team of talented and innovative people create every single day served as an inspiration to me. Even as we evolved to be a global company, we remained rooted right here in East Tennessee and I am very proud of that. I have had the privilege of a successful and storied tenure, thanks to Pete DeBusk taking a chance on a kid from north Knoxville."
“I have had the pleasure of working with Bill for over 22 years and am very appreciative of the value he has brought DeRoyal across so many aspects of our business,” said DeRoyal’s CEO Brian DeBusk. “He will be missed both professionally and personally by the entire management team as he is an integral part of our past and has helped build the foundation for our future.”
Mr. Pittman’s retirement will be effective April 1, 2016.
Founded in 1973, medical device manufacturer DeRoyal is committed to improving both the clinical quality and economic health of its customers. With 2,000 employees, 2.5 million square feet (~232,000 square meters) under roof, operations in six countries and five U.S. states, and manufacturing assets on three continents, DeRoyal brings value to its customers in several distinct markets; these include surgical devices, unitized delivery systems, orthopedic supports & bracing as well as wound care dressings. Key core competencies include injection molding, device assembly, metal fabrication, converting, electronics assembly, and sterilization services. DeRoyal combines these fundamental manufacturing capabilities with its own unique services and information technology tools to deliver unparalleled value to its customers with a particular expertise in disrupting dysfunctional markets.
For additional DeRoyal product information, please call 1-888-938-7828 within the USA; or +1 865-938-7828 from outside the USA. Visit the DeRoyal website at www.deroyal.com
University of Tennessee Medical Center plans to expand use of Continuum OR system.
May 12, 2015
The University of Tennessee (UT) Medical Center, in Knoxville, plans to expand its use of a radio frequency identification system for tracking equipment trays and consumables within all of its 36 operating rooms. The solution, known as Continuum OR, was designed by health-care products company DeRoyal Industries, also based in Knoxville, in partnership with the UT Medical Center. Five of the hospital's ORs are already using the technology to track every item used for each surgery, based on a reading of the RFID tag on that item's wrapper as the tagged packaging is thrown into a trash bin. The UT Medical Center is also considering the use of fixed and handheld readers to perform inventory counts of medical supplies stored on shelves in its operating rooms, and to record which surgical supplies are being used on each patient.
Read entire RFiD Journal Article here.
UT Medical Center Partners with DeRoyal to Improve Efficiencies in Operating Rooms
May 1, 2015
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The University of Tennessee Medical Center and DeRoyal Industries are partnering to bring an innovative supplies tracking system with the potential to revolutionize efficiency and patient safety in the operating room. The system, Continuum®OR, created by DeRoyal and tested and refined at the medical center, uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to develop surgery procedure supply lists specific to each surgeon (doctor preference cards), improve inventory management and supply tracking, and enhance quality care.
Continue reading here.
DeRoyal Acquires Saf-T-Glove
October 28, 2014
DeRoyal Industries, Inc. announced today the acquisition of AMI’s Saf-T-Glove, which is a disposable surgical light cover used in the operating room to allow surgical personnel to manually control the light features while maintaining aseptic technique.
According to company President & C.O.O. Bill Pittman: “With drastic cuts to reimbursement, a consistent message from our hospital customers is that they need solutions that will lower their cost of caring for patients. This acquisition, while a line extension for us, provides our customers with a patented, lower cost option compared to that of our competitors. Our company’s tag line is ‘Improving Care. Improving Business.’ as we firmly believe that we must offer efficacious, yet cost-effective, options for our customers.”
Number of Inventors at DeRoyal Continues to Grow
October 13, 2014
DeRoyal Industries, Inc. announced today their latest patent, H2NO, to safely collect and evacuate high fluid surgical cases in the OR. Currently the problem is any arthroscopic procedure can produce high volumes of fluid runoff and creates the challenge to regulate how much spills over the drapes and onto the floor. This challenge can put the operating room personnel at risk for a fall incident during surgery. Post-surgery personnel are also at risk of fall injury, exposure or other injury during clean up and turnover of the operating room. The solution, H2NO, manages and helps dispose of waste fluid during a variety of medical procedures, and offers anti-fatigue properties with unique fluid channels that keep the clinician comfortable and safe.
Historically, DeRoyal has entrepreneurial foundations and patents have always been a part of the DNA of the company. According to company President & C.O.O. Bill Pittman: “while this is a great invention, I’m most proud of the fact that two more DeRoyal employees now have contributed to our patent arsenal! Year-to-date, six DeRoyal employees have been awarded their first patent including folks in our software development group, supply chain and marketing. We are striving to build a culture whereby we bring out the creativity of all of our employees regardless of their assignment.”