MESA expands coverage into Florida

Friday, April 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – Though Executive Director Liz Moran has lived in the state many years, the Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (MESA) has only recently expanded its coverage area to include Florida. 

The expansion followed requests from several Florida providers who told her they felt underserved by existing associations, said Moran.

“There’s a need, and I think MESA can fill that need,” she said. “I’m really very gratified by the response we’ve gotten.” 

This is not the first time another association has popped up in the Sunshine State: In 2009, a group of providers launched the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services (FAHCS), in response to what they called “a distinct lack of leadership” in their state.

The state’s other association, the Florida Association of Medical Equipment Services (FAMES), was founded in 1982 and restructured in 2009.

Beth Bowen, executive director of FAHCS since July 2013, said the association is working hard to build membership and provide benefits, advocacy, communication and education.