The Patient Company Profile

Posted Nov 2nd, 2020

The Patient Company has perfected the lateral patient transfer process through the development and production of SimPull™ the first fully automated lateral patient transfer device.

 

Andrew Heuerman, Founder and CEO

1. What experience or person encouraged you to be an entrepreneur?

I grew up the son of two parents who were both entrepreneurs in their own rights. They taught me to hone valuable skills, work hard, and to always fight for what you believe in. Being raised in this environment forced me to think of unique ways to overcome challenges and to create opportunities for myself or others to succeed in the face of adversity. 
 

2. What has been your biggest challenge in being an entrepreneur/startup?

Every entrepreneur will tell you that entrepreneurship can be lonely. It's hard to effectively communicate important challenges or successes to anybody outside of the business (which for startups is almost everyone!) and that can get frustrating. What I've found however is that when friends, family, and colleagues take the time to listen regardless of their understanding or lack of understanding of the details that loneliness is quickly defeated. So while it remains a challenge, I remind myself and others as frequently as possible to communicate and find a core group of individuals who can listen and provide feedback. In short, keep working hard and surround yourself with the people you need to stay on track and in balance! 

 

3. What are you most proud of?

By taking an unorthodox path and a leap of faith I have found myself with the opportunity to create a tangible difference in the lives of so many people. While our company is young, I'm most proud of what we've created and what we're building at The Patient Company. 
 
 
 

Ryan Peters, Co-Founder and COO

1. What experience or person encouraged you to be an entrepreneur?

This is a two-part answer for me. #1. Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial channel has been my creative way of thinking about problems throughout life. To create frameworks for "improvement models" even if only in theory it's always been part of my DNA. That is part, for my mental health and part, to fulfill an unmet opportunity to create something from scratch. To make a big imprint for the better is incredibly important to me in my life. #2. Fast forward to today, my co-founder Andy Heuerman continues to blow my mind. My co-founder and I have a complementary style of running a business. We definitely challenge each other to strive to build the best, while reaching our customers, in the most meaningful way.  It's been a blessing. What we have created is a long-term (not easy to do) vision that we both believe is the best path for the company's growth, our customers, and the community at large.

 

2. What has been your biggest challenge in being an entrepreneur/startup?

Managing the pace for all pieces of growth as the business continues to grow has been my biggest challenge. Also finding the right long-term partner was a challenge - the challenge of finding the right mix of strategic partners.

 

3. What are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of my overall technology/innovation journey. It's been a pretty interesting path, I've learned a lot. From my early curiosity in data interoperability to the impacts population health can have on society, then to today developing an impactful product, company, ecosystem that encapsulates an environment that fosters idea origination all the way through to having a medical device ready for the healthcare market makes me proud.