Health, Paul Eckert

A Brief Introduction to the Different Types of ADHD


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Types of ADHD

Experienced business leader Paul Eckert has served as chief executive officer at Family Financial Centers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, since founding the company in 2004. More recently he has expanded his activities to include a role with Family Partners Insurance. Beyond his various professional interests, Paul Eckert supports several nonprofit organizations, such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Established in 1855, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation’s oldest medical institution and America’s first hospital to specialize in pediatric medicine. As a pioneer in pediatrics, CHOP maintains a number of specialty facilities, including the CHOP Center for Management of ADHD. The center provides more testing and treatment services to families throughout the region than any other facility, offering support to both children living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and those who may be at risk of developing it.

A behavioral disorder, ADHD is characterized by shortened attention spans and impulsive decision making. There are three types of the disorder, each with its own set of symptoms.

The first, ADHD predominately inattentive type, or ADHD-I, is defined by symptoms such as frequently losing things and having difficulty listening to parents and other authority figures. Even when children with ADHD-I do manage to focus, they may struggle to follow instructions or make careless mistakes while performing tasks.

The second, ADHD predominately hyperactive-impulsive type, also known as ADHD-HI, involves hyperactive behavior, such as an inability to stay in one place or continuous talking. Other symptoms include physical twitches and loud, exuberant play.

The third, ADHD combined type, or ADHD-C, involves six or more symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsivity and six or more symptoms of inattention. For more information regarding the disorder and the Center for Management of ADHD, visit

Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Teams Up With Mayo Clinic to Research Rare Heart Defect


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In 2004, Paul Eckert founded Family Financial Centers, a firm that offers an assortment of financial services, such as check cashing, wire transfers, and tax return preparation. Outside of his work life, Paul Eckert is an active philanthropist and a longtime supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently announced a partnership with the Mayo Clinic in an important effort to help keep children suffering from hypoplastic left heart syndrome from experiencing heart failure. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital birth defect, in which the left portion of a child’s heart is critically underdeveloped compared to the rest of the organ.

Both CHOP and Mayo Clinic hope their combined efforts will cut down the time needed to research new treatments. The collaborative effort will also involve the help of five to seven other regional centers nationwide to help fund research opportunities for the development of cell-based projects.

Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Announces Partnership with RWJBarnabas Health


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RWJBarnabas Health

For more than a decade, Paul Eckert has served at the helm of Family Financial Centers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Apart from his professional endeavors in Doylestown, Paul Eckert is a faithful supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced its intention to partner with RWJBarnabas Health to provide a new avenue for high-quality pediatric health services in the northern and western parts of New Jersey. Through this partnership, the two entities believe they can provide more efficient and accessible care to this population.

CHOP says that the alliance will result in the most all-inclusive pediatric health consortium in the area, providing both inpatient and outpatient care and serving as a keystone center for education and research in-line with nearby Rutgers University. The initiative will also provide compelling opportunities for physician and researcher recruitment, and it is expected that the partnership will be finalized in 2017.

Business, Paul Eckert

IFA Honors Matthew Shay With Dennis Wieczorek Free Enterprise Award


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An executive in the franchise industry for more than 25 years, Paul Eckert serves as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers, LLC, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In addition to his day-to-day work, Paul Eckert also maintains an active membership in the International Franchise Association.

During its annual convention at the end of last January, the International Franchise Association awarded National Retail Federation (NRF) president and CEO Matthew Shay with the IFA Dennis Wieczorek Free Enterprise Award. The award was brought back into service in 2015 by the IFA board, renamed for the late IFA general counsel Dennis Wieczorek as a way to commemorate his service to the organization and recognize others who share a similar commitment to the health and economic vitality of the franchise industry.

Shay has been at his post with the NRF since 2010, where he has leveraged the organization as a leading voice lobbying on behalf of the retail sector. Under his leadership, the organization’s membership and revenue have more than doubled, and its lobbying efforts have significantly increased. Shay also has received recognition by CEO Update as a top-50 nonprofit chief executive in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Researchers Succeed In New Adult Plastic Bronchitis Treatment

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Since 2004, Paul Eckert has served as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he offers a wide range of financial services. Outside of his professional life, Paul Eckert is a longtime supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently reported successful testing of a method to treat plastic bronchitis in adult patients. The technique, which involves catheterization guided by imaging, has already worked for children. Through their work, researchers found that they were able to achieve the same success of removing thick clogs from the airways of adult sufferers of plastic bronchitis.

The first effort in using this technique on adults, the trial consisted of seven men with an average age of 50 years old who had been diagnosed with plastic bronchitis. CHOP researcher Yoav Dori, MD, one of the study’s co-authors, said that more follow-up work will be necessary to fully analyze the risks and benefits of the procedure on a long-term basis.

Business, Paul Eckert

Tax Scams Top Better Business Bureau List for 2016


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Better Business Bureau

Based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Paul Eckert is the founder and owner of the Eckert Group and serves as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers, LLC. Throughout his career, Paul Eckert has maintained membership in several professional organizations, including the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

The BBB recently released its top-10 list of scams reported in the 2016 calendar year. In a surprising result, tax scams still topped the list, even though the number of reports decreased after an India-based perpetrator was apprehended by international police last September.

The BBB compiled the list based on more than 30,000 reported incidents throughout the year, which were recorded via the online report tool at Following tax scams, the rest of the top five on the list were debt collection scams, sweepstakes scams, online purchase scams, and employment scams, which include work-from-home scams.

To view the full list of the most common scams, visit For information on how to avoid falling for scams, visit

Business, Paul Eckert

Family Financial Centers – Benefitting From Banking Fee Increases


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Family Financial Centers

Based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Paul Eckert serves as founder and CEO of Family Financial Centers and maintains a preeminent reputation in the franchise industry. In a 2010 profile, Paul Eckert described the way in which the Great Recession and related Consumer Protection Act and Dodd-Frank Wall Street government reforms benefitted his Doylestown team.

He described a situation in which many people lived beyond their means during boom years through refinancing, taking out secondary mortgages, and other strategies of deriving equity from their residences. This ended abruptly with the near collapse of many banks and tightened lending standards. Many people now found themselves living paycheck-to-paycheck and focused on avoiding extraneous costs such as rising banking fees.

A side effect of this movement away from banks was a distinct uptick in Family Financial Centers business, with customers taking advantage of ancillary services that went beyond check cashing and met unmet banking needs. These included money transfer, bill payment, tax preparation, and savings and direct deposit programs.

Mr. Eckert described himself as a strong believer in the “customer-for-life” concept and felt that the relative affordability of his company’s services compared with traditional financial institutions poised it for sustained future growth.