Thursday, January 19, 2012

Baltimore SmartCEO Magazine Announces Winners of 2012 Future 50 Awards

SmartCEO magazine is pleased to announce the winners for the 2012 SmartCEO/ Clifton Gunderson Future 50 awards, which recognizes the Greater Baltimore area’s 50 fastest-growing companies based on employee and revenue growth over the past three years. 




Baltimore, MD – December 6, 2011 – Baltimore SmartCEO magazine is pleased to announce the winners for the 2012 Baltimore SmartCEO/ Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Future 50 awards, which recognizes the area’s 50 fastest-growing companies based on employee and revenue growth over the past three years. The impressive group leads companies that boast $5 billion in collective revenues and manage more than 26,000 employees in the Greater Baltimore area. 

In addition to the group of Future 50 winners, SmartCEO recognizes Emerging Growth and Blue Chip winners. Emerging Growth companies generate $1 to $5 million in revenue, but have experienced significant revenue and employee growth over the last three years. Blue Chip companies generate more than $250 million in revenue, have demonstrated steady growth and have a reputation for providing high-quality management, products and services. 

“Comprehensive growth is applause-worthy in healthy economic times. This year’s group of winners has ignored the recession and created innovative new avenues for growth. The business community is healthier and stronger due to their efforts,” said SmartCEO magazine President and Co-founder Craig Burris. 

SmartCEO magazine will profile local award winners in the January 2012 issue of the publication in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, reaching 60,000 print and digital subscribers. Thursday, January 19, SmartCEO will announce the winners on-stage in front of more than 650 leaders of the local business community at a black-tie optional dinner reception hosted at Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD. 

Winners are unranked and were selected purely based on their growth numbers. Over 120 nominations were submitted for review. 

About SmartCEO magazine 
SmartCEO magazine is a regional business publication for leaders of growing companies, providing features, analysis and case studies each month to educate and inspire the Mid-Atlantic’s thought leaders. SmartCEO magazine’s 60,000 print and digital readers range from CEOs of young, dynamic companies to established multi-generational family-owned firms. 


2012 Baltimore SmartCEO/ Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Future 50 Awards Winners
Future 50 
1ST TEAM Staffing Services, Inc. 

A2LA 

Ascend One Corp./CareOne Services, Inc. 

AttivaSoft 

Baseball Factory Inc. 

Beacon Staffing Alternatives 

BRMi 

Centric Business Systems, Inc. 

ConnectYourCare 

Control Cable, Inc. 

Convergence Technology Consulting 

Cornerstone Records Management 

Edaptive Systems, LLC 

Enoch Office Equipment 

E-Structors, Inc. 

Exceptional Software Strategies 

Fireline Corporation 

FrontierMEDEX 

GANTECH Inc. 

GERSTEL, Inc. 

Goel Management, LLC 

Greenspring Energy 

Hamilton Federal Bank 

Hertzbach & Company, P.A. 

High Street Partners
Howard Bank
IMC Consulting
Intelect Corporation
IntelliGenesis LLC
Merritt Athletic Clubs
Nations Photo Lab
Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law 
OpalStaff 
Orbis Technologies, Inc.
PCI Strategic Management
Renegade Communications
Respira Medical
Rollins-PCI Construction
Rooftop Communications, LLC
Ross Technologies, Inc. (RTGX)
Specialized Engineering
The Atlantic Remodeling Corporation
Thompson Creek Window Company
ThompsonGas
Trusant Technologies, LLC
Vision Technologies, Inc. 
Y of Central Maryland
WorkforceTactix, Inc. 
Zenoss 



Emerging Growth 

Blue Chip 
Allegeant 
Education Affiliates 
B&D Consulting, Inc. 
LifeBridge Health and Fitness 
Clear Resolution Consulting, LLC 
Medifast, Inc. 
Kayden Premier Enterprises Inc. 
MedStar Health 
Unleashed Technologies, LLC 
W.R. Grace 


CONTACT:
Makenna Henry
Marketing Manager
SmartCEO magazine
Phone: 443.278.9211
Email: mhenry@smartceo.com

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PASSPORT HEALTH, TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADERS GEAR UP FOR THE NATIONAL TOUR ASSOCIATION’S CONVENTION



BALTIMORE, MD – 12/06/2011 – Jorge Eduardo Castillo, Passport Health's Corporate Director of Business Development & Marketing, will speak at the 2011 National Tour Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 5th to the 9th.  Passport Health is the leading provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the U.S.  The company's travel medicine specialists counsel and prepare travelers whether they are traveling for business, leisure, mission or volunteer work.

“We are honored to be a part of this conference,” commented Castillo.  “As thought leaders in our industry, we put a lot of emphasis and resources on patient education.  You have to 'know before you go' or you run the risk of succumbing to unnecessary ailments,” he said.  “Travel industry leaders need to understand the importance of travel health counseling and immunizations.  This can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and a trip no one wants to remember.”

The National Tour Association (NTA) is the leading association for travel industry professionals to and from North America.  There are over 40 Countries and 600 destinations represented.  “What sets NTA tour operators apart is the high-quality service they provide their clients.  And nothing supersedes the clients' safety and health,” said Lisa Simon, president of NTA. “Passport Health will help our members understand how to prepare their customers for overseas travel.  The more tour operators can learn about what can go wrong, the better they can make sure everything goes right.”

Mr. Castillo will be speaking about the importance of travel medicine as a crucial component of the trip planning process during the education seminar titled The Business Case Behind Protecting Your Client’s Health.  “One of the issues we will be discussing is the correlation between seeing a travel medicine specialist and a decrease in travel-related illnesses,” continued Castillo.  “This means a healthy traveler, good reviews for the travel agent and a return-client for the future. Everyone wins.”

Earlier this year Castillo traveled to Dakar, Senegal to speak to the Africa Travel Association's (ATA) delegates during the ATA 36th Annual World Global Congress.  Oftentimes, leisure and business travelers are left to find resources on their own or are advised to visit a health department; neither option is adequate for an individual who is traveling to areas in certain underdeveloped countries like India, China, Brazil, Peru and even some parts of Europe.

About Passport Health: Passport Health is an innovative network of travel immunization clinics with offices in 36 states and 200 offices nationwide. The company’s business model is unique in the medical service industry.  The Vaccine Specialists® counsel travelers before their departure and provide them with destination-specific travel information, a complete line of travel and wellness immunizations, specialty travel products and travel and evacuation insurance.  Passport Health has positioned itself to support the needs of corporations with its flexible on-site immunization programs—including on-site flu clinics, on-site travel medical services and on-site wellness clinics. 

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Tammy Broghammer
tammy.broghammer@passporthealthusa.com
410.727.0556

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Boys and Young Men Should Be Vaccinated Against Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Passport Health Ready to Assist in Vaccination Efforts Nationwide

BALTIMORE, MD – 10/26/2011—The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new recommendation for the HPV vaccine yesterday.  The ACIP recommends the vaccination for boys ages 11 and 12.  It also recommends vaccination of males ages 13 through 21 who had not already had all three shots. “The HPV vaccine may be given to boys as young as 9,” said Fran Lessans, CEO of Passport Health, the nation’s largest private provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the nation.

“The ACIP recommended this vaccine for girls and young women between the ages of 11 to 26 back in 2006, but vaccination rates in the United States have so far been very disappointing,” she added.  By age 50, up to 80% of women in the U.S. will have contracted HPV.  While most infections will clear out on their own, some will progress to become genital warts and cancer and this is the main concern for health care officials. 
HPV is also linked to other types of cancer beyond cervical cancer. “According to the CDC there have been over 8,500 cases of HPV-positive head and neck cancer cases in 2010, including throat cancer,” commented Lessans. Passport Health’s nationwide offices carry all ACIP-recommended vaccinations for travel and general wellness vaccines, including the HPV vaccine.

By vaccinating young boys against HPV the incidence of HPV-positive cancers is expected to decrease in both men and women.  When discussing routine childhood and adolescent vaccinations, Dr. Alex Lupenko, Corporate Medical Director of Passport Health and infectious disease specialist, underscored the importance of these vaccinations. “This vaccine plays an extremely important role in preventing the transmission of HPV,” he said. “It is as important as any other childhood vaccination like Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus & Diphtheria and all the other vaccines that young kids receive.”

Here are some U.S. statistics to consider:
·      There are new data suggesting that there is a link between HPV and heart disease in women. 
·      80% of women will have an HPV infection in their lifetime.
·      Only 49% of women have had at least one of the three recommended doses of the HPV vaccine.
·      Less than 30% of them had received the entire 3-shot series. 
·      8,500 HPV-positive head and neck cancer cases in 2010 alone.
·      Hispanic women had the highest incidence rate for cervical cancer. African American women had the second highest rate of getting cervical cancer, followed by Caucasian, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander women.
·      Persistent infections with high-risk HPVs are the primary cause of cervical cancer.
o      2010 Cervical Cancer cases: 12,710
o      2010 Cervical Cancer Deaths: 4,290
·      HPV infections also cause some cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, and oropharynx.

“This concerns all of us.  As a developed a nation we do not understand why vaccination rates are so low and why 4,000 women must die of cervical cancer every year,” stated Lessans.  “By vaccinating boys and men against HPV we not only protect them against infection or certain cancers, but we are also protecting unvaccinated women,” she concluded.

Passport Health has HPV vaccinations available in all of its offices nationwide. Please call 1-888-499-PASS(7277) to make an appointment.  Ask your Passport Health representative about our evening and weekend hours.  For more information or to learn more about HPV visit www.passporthealthusa.com



-Jorge Eduardo Castillo
Jorge.Castillo@passporthealthusa.com

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Protecting Your Clients’ Health

By: Jorge Castillo
Corporate Director of Business Development, Passport Health

as printed in the September Edition of the National Tour Association's Courier Magazine

If you are a travel professional booking cruises, tours or other getaways, knowing the health and security risks affecting your travelers at their destination not only is ethical but a legal responsibility that has been upheld in federal court. The duty to warn and inform can be alleviated simply by recommending that the traveler visit a travel medicine specialist, ideally two to four weeks prior to departure.

THE TRAVELER MUST BE PROTECTED
It wasn’t too long ago that China and India were considered remote destinations for the leisure traveler. Now, almost 2 million Americans visit China and Hong Kong annually and more than 1 million travel to India every year for leisure and business purposes. Travel to Asian and African countries continues to rise and with it the exposure of travelers to potentially fatal diseases increases. U.S. courts have taken notice of what can happen to travelers if they are not prepared for an international trip. In fact, the courts have shown us that they tend to weigh heavily in favor of the traveler. For instance, in the 1994 case Stafford v. Intrav, Inc., the court ruled that a travel agent has a duty to disclose information if it is not “obvious and apparent” to the client. As a general rule travel sellers are under an ongoing obligation to discover readily available information that may have a negative impact on the travel contract (such as health hazards and outbreaks) and disclose that information to the consumer. Because the travel agent is a professional with higher access to information, he/she must disclose any information that could potentially adversely affect the client’s trip.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Taking care of your clients’ well being should not be looked upon as a burden. It just takes one mosquito bite to turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. Many potentially fatal diseases are transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Making sure that your client visits a travel medicine specialist should therefore be viewed as an investment that will have both short- and long-term benefits to your business. Furthermore, creating packages to more exotic locations and making sure that your clients understand that their safety and health are of your utmost concern means that they will be comfortable choosing to go anywhere you are confident to take them.

By recommending a travel medicine specialist to your traveler, you immediately are positioning yourself as an experienced tour operator. You understand what determines the success of a trip. You ensure that your overseas business partners are reliable, that the transportation shows up on time and that the hotel delivers on its promises. Why then would you neglect the most important variable in a travel itinerary: the traveler’s health?

Even an episode of traveler’s diarrhea, which affects 40 to 60 percent of the traveling public, can derail a well-planned itinerary. If untreated, it can be a serious medical problem and potentially have long-term consequences. However, with the proper preparation, travelers who encounter it will have everything they need to treat it and continue on without missing a beat.

RELEVANCE FOR TOUR OPERATORS AND TRAVEL AGENTS
Central America, the Caribbean, Asia and South America are major tourist and business destinations. Diseases like Hepatitis A, Dengue fever, Yellow fever and Typhoid fever may be fatal or have lifelong effects on some patients. Sorting Protecting Your Clients’ Health through the necessary vaccinations is a ask that should be left to a trained medical professional.

Cruises are not exceptions either. Mosquitoes can and do make it from the shorelines onto the cruise ships, and travelers should be educated on how to properly apply mosquito repellent or be immunized if necessary. Food, water and other safety precautions affect the traveler inside the cruise ship but also at ports of call when the traveler disembarks.

Like any other medical specialty, travel medicine is very specific to each individual. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention post recommendations that serve as guidelines. But to adequately counsel someone who is traveling and recommend the proper protection, the travel medicine specialist must consider all variables that might affect the traveler. These include health history, prior vaccinations, specific activities, length of stay, seasonality and altitude, among others.

A PREPARED TRAVELER
Your staff is comfortable discussing high-end tour packages to exotic locations like Vietnam, Tanzania, Brazil and Peru. You focus on the incredible sites and activities the traveler can enjoy. After explaining that travelers should consult a travel medicine specialist, you should be able to articulate why it is important to do so. Remember, vaccinations are but one piece of a traveler’s health. Many diseases only are preventable through education; the traveler needs to know what he/she must do to stay well.

The client books a first-time safari experience in Tanzania. While at the hotel, despite the travel medicine specialist’s recommendations, the traveler accidently ingests some water while brushing his teeth. In a few hours he develops a painful and serious case of traveler’s diarrhea. He immediately knows the steps to take. Within hours he is feeling fine, and his schedule has not been derailed. If it wasn’t for the referral of the tour operator, the traveler would not have gotten the pre-travel advice and would not have had the necessary tools to deal with a common ailment that can interfere with a trip or, even worse, become fatal.


AN UNPREPARED TRAVELER
You or your staff does not feel comfortable discussing with clients the need to visit a travel medicine specialist prior to their trips to an exotic location. You are concerned that if you mention travel health to clients, they will get scared or turned off and decide not to travel. The traveler books the trip and goes to Tanzania, unvaccinated, uneducated and without any medical provisions. (These provisions include first-aid kits, mosquito kits with repellants, sunscreen and permethrin, portable water purifiers and diarrhea kits.)

The traveler brushes his teeth with tap water, unaware that it takes only a few cells of Escherichia coli to infect him. In a few hours he has a severe case of traveler’s diarrhea, and he feels weak. He develops a fever, sweats and chills and does not have the energy to go on the first leg of his safari. The fever and chills continue for more than 48 hours. It gets so bad that he has to seek medical attention.

Unfortunately, the only thing available is a rural clinic where hygiene standards are inferior. (A travel medicine specialist would have recommended travel and evacuation insurance, so that the traveler is guided or transported to a hospital which has been vetted and meets U.S. standards.) Although the traveler receives antibiotics, he has lost three of the 10 days of his vacation. When he comes home he does not speak of the wonderful parks he visited or the majestic vistas he witnessed. Instead, he tells the story of how miserable he was, stuck in his hotel room for two days suffering from terrible abdominal pains, diarrhea and fever and how frightening it was seeking medical attention in a sub-standard clinic from people who did not speak his language.

A FAMILY DOCTOR IS NOT ENOUGH
Travel health, security and having an evacuation plan if necessary are as important as having airline tickets, visas and passports. Relying on a family practitioner or a primary care doctor is not enough either. Remember, travel medicine is its own specialty. One has to dedicate his/her entire practice in order to be able to keep up with the changes that occur every day. For example, some drugs build resistance over time, and the travel medicine specialist has to keep up with the changing environment in order to prescribe the correct malaria prophylaxes.

Outbreaks also occur on a daily basis, and unless the provider constantly is receiving information from people on the ground in the hot-spot areas, there is no way that a primary care physician can be on top of the information.

Founded in 1994, Passport Health is a leading provider of travel health information and immunizations for international travelers, major corporations, universities and other international organizations. Its nationwide staff is comprised of professionals that include board-certified physicians and registered nurses who have completed rigorous training in the field of travel medicine and immunology. Passport Health currently operates 190 locations in 36 states.

For more information on where to locate travel medicine specialists
throughout the United States, visit www.passporthealthusa.com or call 888.499.7277. To learn more about protecting your travelers’ health, plan to attend Jorge Castillo’s session
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 3:15–4:30 p.m. at the NTA Convention in Las Vegas.


This article was published in the September 2011 Issue of Courier.  You can view this article on page 15.  http://onlinedigitalpublishing.com/publication/?i=80066&

Monday, September 26, 2011

FLU SEASON ARRIVES

Passport Health Offers Flu Vaccinations at the Workplace


BALTIMORE, MD – 9/27/2011—Flu season is around the corner and Passport Health, the nation’s largest private provider of travel medical services and immunizations, has already completed several on-site flu clinics for their corporate clients.  “Flu season typically begins in October in the U.S.,” said Fran Lessans, the company’s founder and CEO. “It may take up to two weeks for individuals to develop an immune response to the vaccine so it is not unusual for us to begin immunization clinics in mid-September,” she added.  Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported influenza activity in the U.S. as early as the first week of October. 

Though it’s easy to brush-off the flu as a common illness, the reality is that influenza is a serious upper respiratory disease with life-threatening complications for some individuals. Between 25,000 and 35,000 Americans die every year as a result of influenza, so taking preventive steps is important.  A recent study suggests that the 2010-2011 flu season resulted in the loss of 100 million work days along with $7 billion in lost wages and 32 million missed school days.

Because every flu season is different, the CDC recommends that all individuals over the age of 6 months receive their yearly flu shot.  “The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the influenza illness,” continued Lessans.  “Passport Health is committed to reducing the occurrence and impact of the flu by offering flu vaccinations at all of our 200 offices nationwide,” she noted.  The Vaccine Specialists® also administer flu shots during their on-site flu clinics at schools, universities, Fortune 500 corporations and other businesses.

Guidelines and information for this year’s flu season:

·      CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against influenza.
·      Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the 2011-2012 vaccines are available, even if they were vaccinated last season.
·      Get your flu vaccine now so you will be protected during flu season.
·      Although influenza is unpredictable, so far, circulating influenza viruses are well-matched with the viruses that the vaccine will protect against; therefore, this season’s vaccine should offer protection.
·      New vaccination options this season include: intradermal vaccine given with a smaller needle and the high dose vaccine for people 65 years and older.

Skipping vaccination can put you and your family at unnecessary risk.  “You may carry the virus and not come down with the flu, but you could easily pass it along to your children, spouse and other members in your household.  Family members, particularly if they are young, older, immune-compromised or suffering from a chronic condition like diabetes or asthma are especially at risk,” concluded Lessans.

Passport Health has flu vaccinations available in all of its offices nationwide. For more information or to learn more about flu clinics visit www.passporthealthusa.com/specialty_services/flu_clinics/
or call 1-888-499-PASS(7277).
Jorge Eduardo Castillo

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PASSPORT HEALTH, TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADERS GEAR-UP FOR THE GLOBAL CONGRESS ON TRAVEL


BALTIMORE, MD – 8/23/2011 – Jorge Eduardo Castillo, Passport Health’s Corporate Director of Business Development & Marketing, will speak at the 2011 Global Congress on Legal, Safety, and Security Solutions in Travel, on August 25-28, 2011 in Houston, TX. Passport Health is the leading provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the U.S. The Global Congress is the only conference in the world to focus on the legal, safety, and security issues.

Mr. Castillo will be speaking about the importance of travel medicine as a major component in a corporation’s travel management program. He will be joined by two experts in this field: Dr. Myles Druckman, Vice President, Medical Services, Americas Region, International SOS Assistance and Dr. Fernando Stein, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital. He will be moderating the panel Contagious Outbreaks: Appropriate Responses in all Sectors of Public Accommodation.

“This topic is of utmost importance to those managing their company’s travel program and those providing legal advice concerning duty of care,” said Mr. Castillo. “Among some of the issues we will be discussing is the current state of corporate preparedness vis a vis outbreaks at corporate travel destinations,” he added. “One of the biggest problems we see is the lack of a comprehensive pre-departure strategy that addresses how the traveler will access counseling, travel immunizations and medications from a travel medicine specialist. Oftentimes, the business traveler is left to find resources on his own or is advised to visit a health department; neither option is adequate for an individual traveling for business, especially to underdeveloped areas, like India, China, Brazil and other areas.”
General sessions of the congress will address pressing issues such as The Media's Role in Creating and Sustaining a Travel Crisis, Common Issues and Solutions for Travel Safety and Security: The Industry Perspective and Global Best Practices in Transportation Safety & Security - Air, Sea, and Ground.
“This conference will provide a holistic dialogue among all aspects of the travel equation and enable them to share their legal, safety, and security experiences and best practices,” said Stephen Barth, Founder of HospitalityLawyer.com. Our objective is to facilitate the delivery of safe, secure and uninterrupted travel.

Barth notes that while many conferences focus on one aspect of the travel industry, such as maritime or aviation, the Global Congress will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for industry professionals and consultants to come together to discuss the latest issues and challenges that face the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industries.



About Passport Health: Passport Health is an innovative network of travel immunization clinics with offices in 36 states and 185 offices nationwide. The company’s business model is unique in the medical service industry. The Vaccine Specialists® counsel travelers before their departure and provide them with destination-specific travel information, a complete line of travel and wellness immunizations, specialty travel products and travel and evacuation insurance.


Passport Health has positioned itself to support the needs of corporations with its flexible on-site immunization programs—including on-site flu clinics, on-site travel medical services and on-site wellness clinics.


About HospitalityLawyer.com: HospitalityLawyer.com is the leading global network of people, products and services that deliver legal, safety and security solutions to the hospitality industry.

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Tammy Broghammer
tammy.broghammer@passporthealthusa.com
410.727.0556

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Passport Health Corporate Director to Attend and Speak at the Africa Travel Association’s 36th Annual World Congress

BALTIMORE, MD–5/24/11– The Africa Travel Association’s (ATA) signature event will be held in Dakar, Senegal. The five-day congress provides a unique networking, learning and agenda-shaping platform for hundreds of travel professionals in Africa, including African mandataries, tourism ministers, industry experts representing tourism boards, travel agencies and tour operators, ground operators, airlines and hotels. The travel medicine industry will be represented by Passport Health’s Corporate Director, Mr. Jorge Eduardo Castillo, who also serves as an International Board Member for the ATA. Passport Health is the leading provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the U.S. The company’s travel medicine specialists counsel and prepare travelers whether they are traveling for business, leisure, mission or volunteer work.

 “I am honored to have been selected to speak at this prestigious event and I am looking forward to forging relationships with industry leaders,” said Mr. Castillo.  He will be a panelist in an education session titled “Working with tour operators on both sides of the Atlantic,” where he will focus on Travel Medicine and Travel Health Education as crucial components of a comprehensive, multi-national campaign to increase safe tourism and business in Africa.  The panel will be lead by Ms. Lisa Simon, President, National Tour Association (NTA).

“Unfortunately, there are some who perceive Africa as a dangerous place because of its reputation for dangerous diseases,” commented Mr. Castillo. “The reality is that diseases are present in Asia, South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean as well.  International travelers must be educated, immunized and well prepared so that their trip unfolds without a hitch,” he added. In addition to travel vaccinations, travelers should be aware of security issues, visa restrictions and food and water precautions.  “Passport Health is a one-stop destination for the international traveler,” he said.  “For example, we partner with organizations like Travisa, which took care of my visa and passport, Global Rescue, which is my travel and evacuation insurance provider, and SteriPEN, the company which is providing me with a ultraviolet-light portable water purifier the size of a pen,” he concluded.  Passport Health has a full line of hard-to-find specialty travel products specifically designed to keep travelers healthy during their trip.

Mr. Castillo will also be leading a second education session titled “New On-Line & Social Media Marketing Tools – Best Practices and Success Stories,” where he will be joined by Mr. Diego J. Lofeudo, Director of Market Management, Eastern Mediterranean and Africa, Expedia Travel.  The focus will be elevating Africa marketing into the 21st century by using online and social media marketing tools.

About Passport Health: Passport Health is an innovative network of travel immunization clinics with offices in 36 states and 185 offices nationwide.  The company’s business model is unique in the medical service industry.  The Vaccine Specialists® counsel travelers before their departure and provide them with destination-specific travel information, a complete line of travel and wellness immunizations, specialty travel products and travel and evacuation insurance.
Passport Health has positioned itself to support the needs of corporations with its flexible on-site immunization programs—including on-site flu clinics, on-site travel medical services and on-site wellness clinics.  The company gained national attention when it mobilized doctors and nurses to publishing and postal facilities along the east coast after the 2001 Anthrax attacks. Their experts also prepared relief workers and relatives of victims of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and responded to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, in 2005, by deploying nurses to the Gulf Coast to vaccinate utility and relief workers.

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Tammy Broghammer
410.727.0556