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Outgoing NEMED pres Michael McDonald told attendees at the NEMED conference today that during his  2-year tenure, executive director Karyn Estrella sent him 49,262 emails. That's a lot, but rather than accuse Karen of being electronically prolific, I say that's a sign as to how much the industry has on its plate, with all the cuts, the bids, the paperwork.

"Our members have many things on their plates," said Karyn. "But, this is no time to sit back on their laurels."

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A few shout-outs to some folks who are most definitely not sitting on their laurels (or the laurels of fellow providers for that matter): Tamme Dustin of N.H.-based Herron & Smith is NEMED's new pres and Jack Hogan, of Health Complex Medical in Connecticut, is vice president.

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Coincidentally, both companies are celebrating 25 years in business this year. They must be doing something  right.

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I also send a hearty round of congrats to Gary Sheehan, Cape Medical Supply, named provider of the year and Al Martinelli, of Pharmacist Mutal, named vendor of the year.

The Code Conspiracy buy I Think I Love My Wife trailer I'd also like to award a blanket "bib" award (sorry, it doesn't really exist) to all those folks (vendors, this means you) who traveled from near and far to attend this regional event and bravely tackled the lobster ( Hey, is this crustacan staring at me?!).

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And the patience award to those from points north (well, especially myself) for enduring a stretch of Boston highway that narrowed from 4 lanes to 2, adding an extra hour to many folks' trips. Who decides how to direct Boston traffic options  in the summer? CMS?

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