Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy and Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group are now part of the Optum family

Diplomat has joined the Optum family. Together, we will deliver enhanced specialty and infusion services and a better healthcare experience for the people we serve. You will continue to receive the same excellent service as we bring together these organizations in a way that helps people live healthier lives and helps make the health system work better for everyone. More information about Optum can be found at Optum.com.

Certified in nutrition support and intravenous care, our teams of nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists help consumers manage their home parenteral and enteral nutrition. We offer a wealth of resources to help you and your family connect with others on nutrition support, learn more about your therapy, and improve quality of life.
The ThriveRx nutrition team has received the Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).

Nutrition Team

Our pharmacists and dietitians work together to evaluate each consumer’s nutrition with their goals in mind. The team monitors your response to therapy, offering disease-specific nutrition education and management.

Nursing Team

Nutrition nurse navigators provide consumer- and family-centered care during the transition to ThriveRx and throughout therapy. This includes comprehensive instruction on parenteral nutrition administration. To improve quality of life, our nurses collaborate with consumers’ entire medical teams.

Education & Training

  • Administering therapy
  • Central line care
  • Complication monitoring
  • Infusion pump and supply selection

Care Management

  • Empowering consumer self-care
  • Ongoing support, including annual home visits
  • Serving as a primary contact to coordinate care and resolve concerns

Outcome Monitoring

  • Monitoring hospital admissions and developing care plans to keep consumers at home
  • Intervention program for central line–associated bloodstream infections

Consumer Advocacy Team

The consumer advocacy team supports consumers on home parenteral and enteral nutrition (HPEN). The team’s extensive knowledge, training, and life experiences empower you and your family and help foster independence.

Consumer advocates can help you with:

  • Daily therapy challenges
  • Educational tips, tools, and webinars
  • Guidance in transitioning care to your child
  • Medical team integration
  • Non-profit organization access
  • Self-advocacy
  • Travel assistance

Your advocate will guide you through your journey on nutrition support. You can contact your advocate any time with questions or concerns. Because our advocates are either caregivers or on HPEN themselves, they understand how to prepare for and overcome the challenges of nutrition support.

Meet the Advocacy Team

Ann Weaver

Senior Consumer Advocate

Ann’s son Tim has short bowel syndrome due to total colonic Hirschsprung’s disease. She is passionate about awareness, education, and advocacy. Ann is the Illinois state leader for NORD and has been involved with the Oley Foundation. She is a recipient of the Oley Lenore Heaphey Grassroots Education Award, as well as the Lyn Howard Nutrition Support Consumer Advocacy Award from ASPEN.

Ali Beckwith

Consumer Advocate

Ali has two children, Alex and Madelyn, with mitochondrial disease. Alex has an ileostomy and has been on parenteral and enteral nutrition since 2008. Madelyn is on enteral nutrition. Ali and Alex are ambassadors for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Ali is also on their hospital’s family advisory and CLABSI councils.

Gaby Luna

Consumer Advocate

Gaby’s son was born with gastroschisis, which resulted in short bowel syndrome, and he has been on enteral and total parenteral nutrition since birth. A well-known advocate for families living with short bowel syndrome and gastroschisis, Gaby is passionate about helping others and often sets up meet and greets in the community. Gaby also serves as the New England district manager for Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation.

Jayme Scali

Consumer Advocate

Jayme’s daughter Olivia has complex medical needs resulting in parenteral nutrition and IV hydration. Jayme is experienced in the complexity of traveling while on nutrition support—including internationally. She advocates for central line care awareness within home care, as well as educational accommodations. Jayme enjoys providing support to others on nutrition support.

Marlo Santagata

Consumer Advocate

Marlo has short bowel syndrome due to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) at birth. She was later diagnosed with Crohn’s disease resulting in an ileostomy. As a child, Marlo received TPN and is now on IV hydration to manage her high-output ostomy. Marlo has a master’s degree in school psychology and has expertise with Individualized Education Programs (IEP), including 504 plans. She enjoys helping others improve their quality of life.

Tara Smith

Consumer Advocate

Tara’s daughter Aleah has short bowel syndrome, requiring nutrition support for most of her life. Tara has experience with central lines and feeding tubes. She has served as an Oley Foundation ambassador, representing the foundation at industry events. She also leads a support group for nutrition support consumers and their families.