HME Excellence winners saluted at Medtrade

Sunday, October 31, 2004

November 1, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla. - Advanced Home Care, Mobility Designs and Air Products Healthcare all claimed top honors at the 3rd Annual HME Excellence Awards last Tuesday evening during a presentation ceremony at Medtrade. The awards are sponsored by HME News and Medtrade in cooperation with AAHomecare.
Greensboro, N.C.-based Advanced Home Care captured first place in the Best HME Provider category; Mobility Designs, Atlanta, got the nod as Best Rehab Supplier; and Conshohocken, Pa.-based Air Products Healthcare cinched the top spot as Best Respiratory Provider.
"I can't believe we won - we're just a small company that makes sure children get the best care possible," said an emotional Kay Koch, OTR, ATP, who accepted the award for Mobility Designs. "This honor belongs to the staff and management, who work really hard everyday."
Likewise, Joel Mills, president Advanced Home Care, emphasized the contributions of everyone in his organization toward winning the Best HME Provider category.
"I'm very excited for our employees," Mills said. "The provide great service and know how to balance it in a way that gives us financial stability. These are people who really care."
Dave Hunter, COO of Air Products Healthcare, called the Best Respiratory Provider award "a tremendous honor" and that winning "validates our family of companies as built by [President] Bob Cucuel."
In lauding Advanced Home Care, judges cited the company's comprehensive disease state management programs for COPD and sleep apnea.  "It demonstrates taking their mission to task beyond equipment," the judges wrote. Advanced also contributed "a phenomenal" amount of time and resources into its community, judges said.
Mobility Designs earned praise for sustaining moderate profitability and growth in one of the healthcare industry's toughest markets. Judges also were impressed that 30% of the rehab provider's staff had credentials and that the company had very little turnover.
Air Products rated high on several levels, and overall judges deemed them to be a very sound organization. "If I were a patient, I wouldn't hesitate in dealing with them," one judge said. Air Products' solid sales growth, community involvement and low turnover also won the judges' favor.
Also getting into the winner's circle were the first- and second-runners up in each category. Respectively, they are:
- For HME: Healthcare Accessories, Fargo, N.D, and Mon Health Care Equipment, Morgantown, WV,
- For rehab: Hudson Home Health Care, Newington, Conn., and Health Aid of Ohio.
- For respiratory: Resp-I-Care, Kingsport, Tenn., and Norco, Boise, Id.