Awards honor distinguished service
ATLANTA - Three industry veterans were singled out last month for providing distinguished service to the home medical equipment industry.
For 2006, the HomeCare magazine's HomeCaring Awards went to:
-- Nagle Bridwell, president of the mergers and acquisition firm Ultimate Resource in Newton Square, Pa. Bridwell was one of the five founders of The MED Group. He also founded the Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers and the New Jersey Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers. On the national front, he is one of the founders of NADMAC, a forerunner to NAMES and AAHomecare.
-- Bonnie Laster, a respiratory care practitioner and assistant manager at Rowan Medical Facilities, a provider in Salisbury, N.C. Laster not only takes the utmost care of her oxygen patients but also develops a well-known blueprint for their education. She has developed procedures, forms and follow-up patient checklists for Rowan that have been published by JACHO. Additionally, Laster is a founder of "Second Wind," a community asthma camp for children ages 7 to 12.
-- Dan Meuser, president of Pride Mobility Products in Exeter, Pa. Meuser has been vocal in lobbying Congress on industry issues, including new Medicare policy for power mobility devices and competitive bidding. He works hard to make sure that both the lawmakers in Congress and the policy-makers at CMS understand the industry's positions and the need to ensure the best outcomes for America's elderly and disabled.