J. M. Hartfiel Healthcare Wins $50,000 Development Grant from DOD.

J. M. Hartfiel Healthcare is one of seven finalists who each won a $50,000 grant from the DOD Supply Base And Diversification Program. The grant will be administered through the Ohio State University. The University's CDME will provide technical support including the design and production of manufacturing molds. The award included a 1-year contract for services from a commercialization specialty company worth $5,000. The commercialization company will help J. M. Hartfiel Healthcare pitch for government contracts and get found by government tech scouts. The first pitch is next week - we'll be presenting to representatives from US Central Command, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Indo-Pacific Command, and more. We would be honored if the Respiratory Shield becomes part of the nation's toolkit in the fight against COVID and other infectious diseases! Stay tuned for more details.


(January 2020) J. M. Hartfiel Healthcare has been selected to join the spring 2020 cohort of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corp (I-Corp) through a competitive selection process. I-Corp participation enables entrepreneurs and researchers to reduce the time to translate a promising idea from development to marketplace by engaging them in the process of customer discovery, market validation, and value proposition discovery. The program will be administered through the University of Akron Research Foundation and includes a small grant. The  J.M. Hartfiel Healthcare team was led by company founder Melissa Hartfiel Egts and included team members Brian Walters, Business Consultant, Akron Small Business Development Center; Elliott Reed, program manager at the Northeast Ohio Medical University REDIzone business incubator; and Perry Cain, president, CainLabs.

August 2020: We are so excited and honored that a major medical center has invited us to collaborate on a demonstration project. We will release more details as soon as we can.

Spring 2020: A patient admires her new Respiratory Shield, which she attached to her Inogen portable oxygen concentrator carrying bag. 

The patients were delighted to receive Respiratory Shields to test and we were delighted with their praise. Comments ranged from a simple, "I love it" to gushing.

"I'm thrilled with it. It's perfect. I feel like my nasal cannula is safe and clean and not exposed to dirt and dust or germs when I lay it down" and "I use it all the time, whenever I take it off. It helps keep it off the floor."

"We see value in it," concluded Jane Merwin, a registered respiratory therapist. Thank you for the encouragement, we'll be back!

(August 2020) J. M. Hartfiel Healthcare Founder Melissa Hartfiel Egts will participate in TRIAD Ohio and present the company's Respiratory Shield innovation to U.S. Combatant Command's science and technology scouts. The technology scouts are tasked with finding solutions to the needs of the U.S. Warfighter and socializing those solutions with decision-makers in government agencies.

(November 2020) CEO Melissa Egts represented J M Hartfiel Healthcare at  Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Ohio. GEW connects business, leaders, and the entrepreneurial support system for a week of presentations, networking, workshops, and exhibits. Come check out our virtual booth!

(October 2020) J. M. Hartfiel Healthcare exhibited (virtually) at the BioOhio Patient Summit, a celebration of Ohio's bioscience community.

J M Hartfiel Healthcare founder and CEO Melissa Hartfiel Egts has been named Ohio state captain by the COPD Foundation. 

Melissa will focus on education and advocacy. On a state and national level, she will advocate for COPD patients to create awareness by speaking for COPD policy. She will also focus on contributing to the education of COPD patients and connecting them to resources to better their lives. 

The COPD Foundation was established to improve the lives of those living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 

Crain's Business Cleveland did a story on businesses starting up amid the COVID pandemic and it was a lot of fun to be included in the story! https://www.crainscleveland.com/small-business/enthusiasm-still-high-starting-new-business-ohio?fbclid=IwAR1UFFiv42AphaUuN6OMJ6AlHOmvdk6hoS9Crj4oI5B9v0p54bE3yAYTwHc

Founder Melissa Egts has been chosen by CHEST and the COPD Foundation to work with to provide behavioral and social inputs from the patient perspective to the development of the CHEST Shared Decision Toolkit. See more information here: https://vimeo.com/467431221

Thanks for the article Crain's Business Cleveland! https://www.crainscleveland.com/search?search_phrase=melissa+egts&field_emphasis_image=

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(2021) J. M. Hartfiel Healthcare Founder and CEO Melissa Hartfiel Egts has been invited to join the Advisory Board of the Akron STEM High School. She will provide connections. programming, and life experiences to the 400 young adults choosing career paths in the district's Biotechnology College and Career Academy.


Kim C., nurse

“This is so good. I usually hang cannulas on the flow meter attached to the wall.  The ER room only gets cleaned once a day.”