Home Care Medical sets high standard
NEW BERLIN, Wisc. - The Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (WAMES) chose Home Care Medical as its 2006 HME Provider of the Year, in honor of the company's lobbying, networking and participation in conferences, seminars and meetings.
John Teevan, president of the New Berlin, Wisc.-based company, said supporting the industry is all part of the job.
"It was great to be recognized for doing the right things," said Teevan. "We are lucky to have an outstanding organization."
Home Care Medical is one of Wisconsin's largest providers of HME, infusion and respiratory care. The company has 155 employees and expects to do $35 million in sales this year.
In addition to lobbying and networking, several employees serve on WAMES committees or on the board of directors, and have helped design grassroots marketing materials and the association Web site.
Home Care Medical's support has been "tremendous," said WAMES Executive Director Ann Barrett. She said she doesn't know how any provider cannot belong to industry associations.
"What makes the difference is when members get involved and participate," said Barrett. "That is the best way to have legislators listen and pay attention."
"I think we do have a responsibility to provide that support," said Teevan. "I think when you commit to an organization, it should be 100%."
When the quality standards were released in April, Home Care Medical sponsored a networking session to make the entire membership aware of the standards.
"It was standing room only," said Teevan. "Between WAMES, AAHomecare and The MED Group, we really have no excuse to be surprised by anything."