HME Woman of the Year Finalists Announced

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The names of the finalists for the inaugural HME Woman of the Year award have officially been released. Out of 37 candidates, four have been selected to travel to Atlanta for a special award presentation to kick-off Medtrade.

This year’s finalists are Rose Schafhauser, owner of Association Management, LLC.; Dr. Kirsten Davin, owner/president of Precision Seating Solutions, LLC.; Laurie Tomaszewski, chief sales and marketing officer of Handi Medical Supply; and Patty Mastandrea, chief operating officer, MedCare Equipment Company, LLC.

“These women represent some of the HME industry’s most passionate advocates,” said Christa Miehe, president of Essentially Women, a division of VGM Group, Inc. “Their responsibilities and years of experience vary, but they all have positively impacted their business, coworkers, customers, communities they serve and our industry through their relentless determination to better our industry.”   

An honorary selection committee chose the four finalist based on the following criteria: paving new ways of innovation and new business processes, leadership that has secured legislative wins, improving the lives of patients and making lifelong impressions on her community.

The committee was comprised of Andrea Walsh, executive vice president and chief marketing officer with HealthPartners; John Frank, CEO of Philips Respironics’ Sleep and Respiratory Care Business; Liz Beaulieu, editor for HME News; and Tanya Warren, head coach of the University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team.

All of the nominees were notified and plans for announcing the winner during Medtrade are being finalized.   

“I am completely shocked, and this has brought tears to my eyes – just can’t believe it,” said award finalist Rose Schafhauser, owner of Association Management, LLC.

The HME Woman of the Year will be presented on Nov. 1 during Medtrade in Atlanta at 8:00 a.m. Can’t attend in-person? Tune into the live broadcast on the VGM Group Facebook, Nov. 1 at 7:00 a.m. (CST).