HME Woman of the Year Finalists Revealed

Out of 38 nominees, four women will travel to Medtrade for a chance at becoming 2017’s honoree.

VGM Group has announced the four finalists for the 2017 HME Woman of the Year award, which honors women who have demonstrated a strong commitment to quality health care and the HME industry.

Selected from 38 nominees, the four finalists are Lelia Wilkerson, director of Heritage Medical Equipment & Supplies; Rita Stanley, vice president of Government Relations for Sunrise Medical; Barbara Smith, chief executive officer of Healthline Medical Equipment Inc.; and Maxine Paul, director of sales and operations for NuMotion, and formerly owner of Academy Medical Equipment Inc. Mike Mallaro, chief executive officer of VGM Group, personally notified each of the finalists.      

“These women are trailblazers and are passionate advocates for not only the industry, but for the patients they serve,” said Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates. “They exemplify the dedication and innovation required to have a positive impact on their business, coworkers, customers and the communities they serve.”

“There are so many in HME that do a great job, and to be acknowledged for that is amazing,” said award finalist Wilkerson. “I’m around a lot of great people, and it’s very humbling that I was selected as a finalist.”

The four will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for Medtrade for the final award presentation ceremony, which will take place Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. (EST) in C101 Auditorium.

For more information about the finalists, visit, or connect with them in person at Medtrade during the VGM-sponsored Women and Wine event.  

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.


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