Quantum 'rounds out' rehab offering

Thursday, June 2, 2011

EXETER, Pa., and BELGRADE, Mont. - Pride Mobility Products and Quantum Rehab believe their acquisition of Kids Up this month makes them a stronger contender in the pediatric mobility market.

Pride and Quantum have pediatric power mobility products in their line-up, but Kids Up adds manual mobility and various seating and positioning products.

"We've always had a passion for pediatrics, and it's something that we've wanted to be better at," said Jay Brislin, Quantum product & clinical development director. "This is the first step of truly starting a nice pediatric mobility line."

Kids Up has become a division of Quantum Rehab. The company and its products, like the Rock 2 and Rock 3 wheelchairs, will retain their names; and manufacturing, order processing, quoting and shipping will still take place at its facility in Belgrade. Several of the company's employees, including Eli Anselmi, sales consultant, and Lee Johnson, manager of production planning/customer service, will remain onboard.

Pride and Quantum saw an opportunity to grow their pediatric line after learning that Kids Up had closed its doors in December, Brislin said.

"There were a lot of providers and consumers that were upset about this," he said. "Because these products really changed people's lives."

Pride and Quantum look forward to getting Kids Up products back into the field, especially the Reaction Dynamic Seating System, which allows kids to bend or straighten in their chairs while maintaining proper positioning and support, and the LifeForm line of positioning products like lateral thoracic supports.

"They launched LifeForm just prior to going out of business, so we're really excited about that," said Megan Kutch. Quantum applications and clinical development manager.

In the next few years, Pride and Quantum plan to take Kids Up's products to the "next level" and develop new pediatric mobility products, Brislin said.

"We're really rounding ourselves out as a rehab company," he said.