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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Be authentic 

June 7, 2022Jen Gilbert

Q. How can I be an authentic ally in the workplace?  A. We’ve already established the importance of building a diverse, equitable and inclusive (DEI) business. Ensuring you communicate effectively about DEI is the next step—and that starts with authenticity.   Authentic allyship occurs when your goal is to transfer the benefits of privilege to those who lack it. For example, your business may answer a request for volunteers or funds to assist a local nonprofit working...

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Philips recognized for diversity 

May 9, 2022HME News Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Royal Philips has again been included on the list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes. The inclusion of Philips is a testament to the company’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where employees feel valued, safe and supported to be their best, it said in a press release. “We aim to be the best place to work for all our employees, embracing diversity and inclusion and health and well-being,” said Lauren Gohde, Philips...

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Permobil’s Audra Watt on the importance of different perspectives


Permobil’s Audra Watt on the importance of different perspectives

April 22, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

LEBANON, Tenn. – One of the focuses of Permobil’s new sustainability strategy is diversity and inclusion – a topic that Audra Watt, the company’s vice president of marketing for the Americas, holds particularly close.  Watt is one of the 40% of women who now make up Permobil’s executive leadership globally and, shortly after she joined the company in 2020, she was diagnosed with a rare disability.  Here’s what Watt had to say about what drew her...

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We can always do better

April 21, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

While HME News obviously has a narrow focus on HME, editor Liz and I do our best to tie larger national issues to the industry when we can. Some issues, like a global pandemic that affects respiratory function, are a no-brainer. Others are trickier. Case in point: diversity, equity and inclusion. Nearly a year ago, a country struggling with the ongoing pandemic found itself horrified by the senseless deaths of Black people. The murder of George Floyd, caught on camera, sent protestors to the streets...

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NSM expands diversity efforts


NSM expands diversity efforts

April 8, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobility is activating several initiatives to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion at the company, including appointing more women and minorities in senior leadership positions, says CEO Bill Mixon. The company is also conducting sensitivity training and involving employee resource groups in ongoing plans to enhance DE&I, he says. “The most critical of our four business pillars (people, growth, operational excellence and culture) is culture,”...

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Numotion embraces diversity on new level

April 2, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Numotion has adopted three strategic pillars to improve diversity and inclusivity at the company, following an initial panel discussion shortly after the death of George Floyd last year that was “eye opening.”  Numotion’s goals: raise dialogue, increase awareness and facilitate change, says Adam Holton, chief human resources officer.  “It was really eye opening for all our employees to hear firsthand the level...

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Executive Session

Did you know that it could take two to four years to diversify your product mix? I did not know that

March 3, 2010Mike Moran

HME providers have recently peppered industry consultant Wallace Weeks with questions related to how they can best diversify their product and payer mix. "They have been looking at cash sales supposedly for years, but they seem to be more earnest about those kinds of transactions now," Weeks said. The only problem, he added, is that for some, it might be too late to reap the benefits of diversification. Here's why. Say an HME provider generates $2 million a year in sales. Because Medicare is becoming...

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