DeRoyal named Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite by AHA
April 30, 2013
In recognition of our commitment to providing employees with physical activity and wellness opportunities, DeRoyal has been named a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA). AHA has initiated its Fit-Friendly Worksites program as a catalyst for promoting health and wellness in the workplace. The program recognizes companies that make the health and wellness of their employees a priority; the Platinum designation is AHA’s highest level of recognition.
DeRoyal was named a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite for:
- Offering employees physical activity support
- Providing/increasing healthy eating options at the worksite
- Promoting a wellness culture
- Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
- Demonstrating measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness
“We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. Initiative as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite, “ said Rebecca Harmon, VP of HR. “ Physical activity and employee wellness are very important priorities here at DeRoyal.”
DeRoyal Celebrates 40th Anniversary
February 18, 2013
DeRoyal proudly announces their 40th year anniversary. Continuing four decades of excellence and distinction, USA-based medical device manufacturer DeRoyal remains committed to improving both the clinical quality and economic health of its customers and its community. Considering only 9% of US companies survive 40 years or longer, it is a major milestone for the privately-owned corporation.
DeRoyal has its origins in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee where founder and owner, Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk was born and raised, and continues to maintain its global headquarters. With this deep-rooted heritage, DeRoyal is dedicated to preserving this legacy with continued ventures, investments, and employment of the people in the region.
DeRoyal founder Pete DeBusk worked for many of his early years as a pharmaceutical salesman in Tennessee. After years of noticing the dirty and deteriorating condition of many of the plaster casts he sold, Pete DeBusk invented an orthopedic cast boot made of leatherette with a rubber sole in 1973. Innovation has since remained a cornerstone of DeRoyal’s strategy. Today, DeRoyal proudly boasts a portfolio of over 90 patents with many more on the way. While DeRoyal has always made it a priority to remain on the cutting edge of technology in product development, DeRoyal has also applied this philosophy to the internal operations within the company. For example, DeRoyal was one of the first companies to use bar code scanning technology to track their products. At the time of its implementation DeRoyal Industries and Johnson & Johnson were the only two medical manufactures using this technology. After learning of scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA) implementing computer systems to track the locations of enriched uranium, DeRoyal also became one of the first companies of its type to implement computers into their manufacturing and logistical operations.
Through innovation DeRoyal has been able to accomplish many industry “firsts”. In 1987, DeRoyal became the first company in the industry to offer custom procedural trays on a just-in-time basis. In 1990, DeRoyal also established another industry first with TraceCart, the first “case cart-to-waste cart” product delivery program. DeRoyal also developed two high-tech “fab labs” in 2005, which allowed for an overnight customization service for spinal orthosis and functional knee braces.
DeRoyal Industries has also used the practice of business acquisition to bring innovation into the industry. While DeRoyal still continues to internally develop products, the company has also focused on acquiring innovative companies and ideas. DeRoyal seeks to acquire companies that have innovative ideas, but little means to take their product properly from development stages to market. From an early age, DeRoyal has also acquired everything from knitting mills to electronic component manufactures, to develop into the vertically integrated company it is today.
Beginning in the early 1990’s, DeRoyal began to expand internationally with the development of DeRoyal’s first international operation in 1992, a manufacturing facility located in Kells, Ireland. DeRoyal opened a facility in Costa Rica in 1998 known as DeRoyal Cientifica, to manufacture key components of its temperature monitoring devices. The 2000’s was an era of great expansion in DeRoyal’s international operations, with the opening of facilities in Estonia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, as well as the establishment of a sales and marketing office in Dublin, Ireland in 2012.
Today, DeRoyal employs approximately 2,000 people, markets more than 25,000 products, and holds more than 90 patents. DeRoyal continues with the same entrepreneurial spirit in which it was founded. Today DeRoyal offers a wide range of products in orthopedics, surgical and acute care, wound care, implants, as well as OEM products and services. DeRoyal strives to follow its mission, to manufacture quality products and provide customers added value with innovative services.
DeRoyal Continues Building Its Patent Arsenal
September 11, 2012
DeRoyal Industries is proud to announce the addition of two new patents in Powell, TN. The company’s history of innovation started with just one patent almost forty years ago and has continued to grow over the years.
In 1973, STAT Medical (the precursor to DeRoyal Industries) was founded by Pete DeBusk and in 1975, his patent for a cast shoe began four decades of product development and innovation in the health care industry. Today the company is led by Brian DeBusk who stresses a continued culture of intellectual curiosity.
Recently, Pete DeBusk led a team to patent another revolutionary product, the Element� Ankle Brace. Pete recognized that ankle bracing was missing a key element, control of the heel. DeRoyal patented an ankle brace with a strapping system that stabilizes the heel to prevent inversion/eversion of the ankle.
DeRoyal is constantly building on its foundation of improving care and improving business. “Everything we do as a company resonates this message, it’s a tagline that we stand for and live by every day” says DeRoyal’s President and COO, Bill Pittman. By listening to our customers and understanding their needs, we are able to provide the solutions they request, as well as to predict and design products they’ve yet to imagine.
Also, adding to the wall of patents is a product by Bill Pittman. He developed a safer means of counting and handling surgical sharps in hospital operating rooms. “The 'Improving care' component of our tag line extends to the providing safe solutions for the caregiver customers,” quotes Bill.
DeRoyal Implants Introduces Two Additional Systems to Their Orthopedic Fracture Repair Product Portfolio
August 15, 2012
Following the successful launch of its Small Fragment and Large Fragment plate and screw systems, DeRoyal Implants has announced the release of two additional systems. The Cannulated Screw System and CORE Small Fragment System are the latest additions to its growing orthopedic fracture repair product portfolio.
The Cannulated Screw System was designed to address multiple types of fractures in long bones, small bones and the pelvis. These comprehensive lines of cannulated screw implants are available in individual systems; 2.4mm, 3.0mm, 3.5mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 6.5mm/7.3mm. The DeRoyal Implants Cannulated Screw Systems feature self-tapping threads, reverse cutting flutes and a variety of thread configurations; long, short, partial and fully threaded. The low-profile, hexalobular head design is standard on all screws and allows surgeons the ability to maximize torque while minimizing the potential for striping during implantation.
The CORE Small Fragment System was developed in response to customer requests for a smaller version of the original Small Fragment System. By consolidating the “core” or most commonly used small fragment plates and instruments, the CORE Small Fragment System was designed to be contained within a single tray. The single tray system provides surgeons a variety of the most commonly used small fragment plate sizes (locking and non-locking), the same full complement of screw sizes offered in the Small Fragment System, a drill bit/k-wire caddy and the instruments essential to performing a small fragment procedure. “The CORE Small Fragment System was a collaborative effort between our customers, our sales team and our engineering staff,” said Scott Joy, Group Product Manager for Implants. “The overwhelming response from this exciting new product helps to validate, for us, that we are introducing the right products to address the needs of our customers as we continue to increase our presence in the orthopedic fracture repair market. We have had particular success with our CORE system in the ambulatory surgery center setting. The single tray system has proven to be ideal for our ASC customers, as it provides all the same features found in the full small fragment set and requires only one-third of the shelf space.”
DeRoyal Implants is committed to the orthopedic fracture repair market and its commitment to providing the industry with high quality, value priced products from a company they have come to trust for the past 39 years. DeRoyal Industries. The company is slated to launch additional product systems in the coming months as it continues to address the rising supply chain cost pressures in the orthopedic implant industry.