Briefs: USM picks up three locations

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ST. LOUIS - United Seating and Mobility (USM) announced in December that it has picked up three RehabTech branches: Fridley, Minn, which serves the greater Minneapolis area.; Oak Creek, Wis., which serves the greater Milwaukee area; and Appleton, Wis. "The addition of RehabTech's capable associates and strategic locations will advance our key initiative to sustainable growth as a leading provider," stated Bob Gouy, president and COO of USM. "Any agreement that helps to strengthen our company, as well as the affiliate companies' position, creates a more stable market and allows us to continue to find ways to deliver quality services and products in this challenging reimbursement environment." RehabTech isn't going anywhere; it will continue to operate branches in Illinois and Indiana. Gouy told HME News earlier this year that USM had 42 branches nationwide.

NRRTS on Twitter: 'What the hell'

TRINIDAD, Colo. - NRRTS recently joined Facebook and Twitter. The group has dedicated a person to manage its social networking activities: Jim Dexter, husband of Judy Dexter, associate executive director. "We have to begin to understand the role of social networking and we can't do that unless we're involved with it," said Simon Margolis, executive director. Still, Margolis can't believe NRRTS is tweeting. "I can't even say that with a straight face," he said. "But what the hell."

Volunteers wanted

LIMA, Peru - The nonprofit Eleanore's Project seeks volunteers with technical wheelchair skills to join a group of clinicians and OT students on a trip to Peru March 13-26. Their goal: Fit children with wheelchairs and seating systems. If you're an ATP or RTS with experience modifying and fixing wheelchair frames; changing tires; and putting on airless inserts, adaptive seating components, etc., contact Tamara Kittleson-Aldred, an ATP with Access Therapy Services in Missoula, Mont., at

VMI draws a crowd for training program

PHOENIX - Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a provider of wheelchair accessible full-size and minivan conversions, hosted 152 dealers, sales reps and technicians from across the country at the Hilton in Mesa, Ariz., for a three-day training program in November. "This is the largest training session we've hosted since the program was founded in 1997," stated Doug Eaton, president, in a release.