June 27, 2013 // Franchising.com // KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. – IKOR (www.ikorusa.com) announced today that Mindy Legler Jones, operator of the healthcare advocacy and guardianship network’s three branches serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area, has been honored for her work in Advocacy in Medicine with an award from the Fort Worth Business Press.
The award is part of the Business Press’ “HealthCare Heroes” program, which recognizes excellence in the medical community as demonstrated by physicians, administrators and volunteers alike. Healthcare Heroes are selected and judged based on nominations from those in the profession and the business community, and are honored with the award, a profile in the publication and special evening devoted to all honorees at the City Club of Fort Worth.
Jones joined IKOR in 2010 after successfully pursuing careers in the pharmaceutical, financial and horticultural industries. She opened her first branch that same year, serving several Dallas/Fort Worth counties. In 2012, she opened a second branch extending IKOR’s services to additional counties, and acquired a third existing branch in the area from another operator who was relocating. Today her branches, merged under the “IKOR of DFW” umbrella, serve the entire Dallas Metroplex, helping to ensure proper care and optimal quality of life for seniors and the disabled, while bringing peace of mind to their loved ones and easing the burden for the legal and financial professionals who often shoulder many decisions – and their after-effects – tied to their care.
The Business Press says Jones “shows extraordinary leadership in taking on significant business challenges in a difficult economy. She has introduced a new model of healthcare for the very people who are often forgotten or slip through the cracks.” Jones says she was drawn to the healthcare field by a compelling need to serve, and credits her parents with inspiring her to excel in her work, noting, “They instilled in me a spirit of service and a foundation of faith.”
IKOR itself honored Jones late last year at the network’s first annual franchise conference, recognizing her for being the top producer among a growing list of operators whose 17 branches now stretch from New England to Florida on the East Coast and across the country to Texas.
Since joining IKOR, Jones has continued to educate herself and earn accreditation related to her chosen field. She is now a Texas Certified Guardian and a member of Texas Guardianship Association, the National Guardianship Association, the Society of Certified Senior Advisors and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Becoming part of the network, she says, has allowed her to act on her desire to serve others while also satisfying her strong entrepreneurial spirit.
“It’s really great to be in a service industry that is going to be growing,” she says. “I believe that we are on the cusp of a healthcare revolution. The factors that affect the landscape – medical, social, regulatory, technology – are shifting at an unprecedented rate. My advice: embrace change.”
IKOR President Cynthia Gartman praised Jones for her success in building and operating her branches and for raising awareness of advocacy through social media and other channels.
“Mindy is a stellar example of how personal passion, business savvy and diligence can combine with the right business model to take advantage of unanswered demand,” says Gartman. “She is always looking for new ways to bring advocacy to more people, whether through her actions or through her Facebook and Twitter posts, and is succeeding because she believes in the value of what we do. We are proud to have her as part of our network, and pleased that a well-respected organization like the Business Press recognizes what she’s doing for her local community.”
Multi-unit and single-territory IKOR franchise opportunities remain available throughout the United States. For information on available opportunities, contact Bill Larose at (877) 456-7872, ext. 712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based in Kennett Square, Pa., IKOR (www.ikorusa.com) was created by Patricia A. Maisano, a veteran of the healthcare industry with nearly 40 years of nursing experience and more than 20 years of experience in disability management consulting to corporations, federal, state and county government, municipal organizations and the insurance industry. After witnessing the many frustrations professionals faced in providing integrated health management services and helping families manage short-term health crises and long-term care issues, she began developing a solution and in 2000 launched IKOR, offering healthcare advocacy and case management for seniors, the disabled and those with special needs. In 2010, IKOR launched a franchise program, offering qualifying investors the opportunity to capitalize on the demand for such services with a comprehensive system backed by years of experience. The first franchise location debuted in Chadds Ford, Pa., in 2010. Information on available territories is obtainable by contacting Bill Larose at (877) 456-7872, ext. 712 or email@example.com. General information on IKOR, including a comprehensive explanation of the company’s approach to healthcare advocacy and guardianship, a complete list of services and more, may be found at www.ikorusa.com.
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