Woman of the Year

Congratulations to the 2020 HME Woman of the Year: Patty Mastandrea

Patty Mastandrea is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MedCare Equipment Co., LLC, headquartered in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and has demonstrated expertise in business development and healthcare operations throughout her career. 

Mastandrea served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for MedCare for 15 years before being named the CEO of the company, which now operates seven distribution centers, employs 350 clinical and customer service staff, and produces an annual revenue of $83 million. As CEO, Mastandrea received recognition for MedCare’s growth in the form of the HME Excellence Award, which the company received in 2015. MedCare was also accredited by The Compliance Team as an Exemplary Provider under Mastandrea’s leadership. She serves on several industry advisory boards as well as her local chamber of commerce. 

The HME Woman of the Year award, sponsored by VGM, is in its fifth year. It recognizes one woman in the industry who has made significant contributions throughout her career to her company, community, and the HME industry. The award was presented during a special virtual ceremony on Oct. 22. 

"On behalf of our entire VGM team, I am honored to present Patty Mastandrea with this award, which she has earned over three decades of service to the HME industry,” said Mike Mallaro, CEO of VGM Group Inc., VGM & Associates’ parent company. “Patty has helped raise the bar for compliance standards across the industry and is precisely the type of person we need to lead this business into the future.”

If you missed the announcement, you can watch the keynote and presentation, HERE


VGM 2020 HME Woman of the Year Award Finalists

We were honored to be able to spotlight all the HME Woman of the Year finalists and their extraordinary contributions to the industry. The other HME Woman of the Year finalists include:

•    Carol Gilligan-Chack, President and Owner, Health Aid of Ohio 
•    Tamme Dustin, CEO, Herron & Smith, LLC 
•    Terry Racciato, President, RAC & Associates


Meet the Honorary Selection Committee

The 2020 finalists were selected based on recommendations from an honorary selection committee.

Liz Beaulieu, Editor, HME News    Liz Beaulieu, Editor, HME News 

Liz Beaulieu has covered the HME industry for more than 10 years. Prior to joining HME News, she worked as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Kennebunk, Maine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine and a master's degree in nonfiction writing from the University of New Hampshire.


Rob Boeye, Executive Vice President, HME, Brightree   Rob Boeye, Executive Vice President, HME, Brightree

In his current role, Rob’s responsibilities include leading HME sales efforts, customer success, and revenue growth. Prior to joining Brightree, Rob spent 18 years with Invacare Corporation as a sales leader in both the home care and long‐term care markets, growing revenue annually in each of his positions. He also served in management roles at Abbott Laboratories. Rob has direct insight into the business challenges of post‐acute care providers, and he calls upon this experience to help them match their business needs with Brightree solutions.


Wendy Russalesi, CCO, AdaptHealth   Wendy Russalesi, Chief Compliance Officer, AdaptHealth

In her current role, Wendy is responsible for development and oversight of AdaptHealth’s enterprise corporate compliance program for DMEPOS and pharmacy. Wendy utilizes her vast experience to develop, implement, and manage the corporate compliance needs of a rapidly changing HME company that sits in an ever-changing industry. Throughout her career, Wendy has developed expertise in the key areas of OIG compliance program development; healthcare fraud and abuse laws; CMS policy and standards; and quality improvement and internal audit programs. Wendy’s previous industry experience includes serving as executive director of the Jersey Association of Medical Equipment Services and as a DMEPOS accreditation surveyor and consultant. She has also served on various industry-related committees. Wendy is certified in healthcare compliance and an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association.


Brad Mariam, Vice President of Post-Acute Care, Medline Industries   Brad Mariam, Vice President of Post-Acute Care, Medline Industries

With a team of specialists, managers, and over 400+ sales reps and 300+ operational teammates, Brad’s strategic direction continues to guide the growth of the business unit that oversees the long-term care, home care, and managed care markets. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Brad began his career with Owen’s and Minor. There, he spent 10 years in a variety of roles working to support and supply hospital before joining Medline in 2013 as an acute care division manager. Brad moved over to Medline’s Post-Acute division in 2015 and eventually relocated to Medline’s headquarters to take on responsibility for all field sales prior to taking on his current role. His diverse healthcare background has given him a unique ability to see industry trends across the continuum of care.


Eric Pauls, SRC Sales Leader, North America, Philips Respironics   Eric Pauls, SRC Sales Leader, North America, Philips Respironics

In his 18 years with Philips Respironics, Eric has been responsible for sales organizations, led operations teams and business integrations, and has been a business leader in the respiratory care segment. Eric’s current responsibilities as the SRC Sales Leader, North America include accelerating revenue growth, P&L management, operational compliance, talent development, sales enablement, and customer solutions across North America. Prior to joining Respironics in 2002, Eric worked in the HME and sleep lab industry as a registered respiratory therapist and registered sleep technologist.