And the awards go to…


We announced the HME Excellence Awards winners at the HME News Business Summit Sept. 7-9 in Minneapolis, but I also wanted to give them a well-deserved shout-out here:

First place: Reliable Medical Supply, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Second place: PediStat, Miami

Third place: Active Healthcare, Raleigh, N.C.

We’ve updated the HME Excellence Awards web site with the news, but you’ll have to wait until the Show Dailies at Medtrade in October to read profiles of these three great companies. (If you’re not at Medtrade, the profiles will also appear in the November issue.)

I have to tell you, it never gets old seeing how excited these companies get about winning an HME Excellence Award. Just look at these faces from Reliable Medical Supply, including Jeff Hall, president and CEO (center).

When we present the awards, the winners don’t typically ask to say something. This year, two of the winners did—Hall, in person at the Summit; and Lisa Feierstein of Active Healthcare, who couldn’t attend the event, through a statement—and we happily obliged.

I think this speaks to how much of a watershed year it has been for so many HME providers. I think the award means a lot to every company that wins every year, but to these companies this year even more so.