Medtrade wrap-up: Winning products, winning event and one big winner

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

ATLANTA – Medtrade attendees selected Caire’s FreeStyle Comfort portable oxygen concentrator as this year’s gold winner in the New Product Pavilion.

Abely’s portable electric recliner, the Abelift, took home silver; and 3B Medical’s CPAP hose cleaner, the Lumin Bullet, took home bronze.

The winners were announced ahead of the show’s closing bell on Wednesday.

Stand out Stand Up

AAHomecare’s Stand Up for Homecare reception raised $45,000 to support industry advocacy efforts, according to the association.

The Oct. 16 event, held at the SkyLounge at the Glenn Hotel, packed the house.

Also at the reception, AAHomecare President and CEO Tom Ryan once again recognized Regina Gillispie, 2018 Van Miller Homecare Champion; and Georgie Blackburn, HME Woman of the Year.

Closing time

And finally, the show closed on a high note for one attendee: David Ranft, of Derby Industries, based in South Bend, Ind., took home a $5,000 check in a drawing during the show’s closing reception. To qualify, attendees had to have cards stamped by five exhibitors (WellSky, AAHomecare, CareCredit, EVENup and PPM Fulfillment) and be present to win.

“I’m surprised,” a stunned Ranft told HME News. “I expected my boss to win.”

Save the date

Medtrade Spring is scheduled for April 17-19, 2019, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Medtrade 2019 is scheduled for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.