MAMES Hosts Record-Breaking Spring Convention

The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment and Supplies is fresh off a record-breaking conference and ratings smash.

The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment and Supplies (MAMES) recently held its Spring Excellence in HME Convention & Exhibition with the highest attendance in seven years.

The show was the highest gross revenue event in MAMES history and the organization's second in a row to receive a perfect 4.0 rating from attendees. It was also rated the best state or regional event in the country by attending vendors who chose to offer a rating.

"MAMES members converged on Des Moines, Iowa April 25-27 for the 2018 MAMES Spring Excellence in HME Convention & Exhibition with the highest attendance for a MAMES Spring Convention since 2011,"  said Rose Schafhauser, MAMES executive director, in a prepared statement. "And based on the attendee surveys they provided they were happy they came! For the second consecutive event MAMES attendees rated the event a perfect 4.0 rating! Couple that 4.0 rating with 100% of our rating vendors saying this is the best state or regional show they attend and you have a home run event!"

The show also broke the organization's record for the highest gross revenue event in its history.

Frannie Green, of Total Respiratory & Rehab, Nebraska, and Patrick Naeger, from Healthcare Equipment & Supply, took home the provider of the year awards.

"These are two amazing and dedicated members of MAMES whose involvement on a daily basis is instrumental to our success as an organization," said Schafhauser, in a prepared statement. "On behalf of all of our MAMES Members we congratulate Frannie and Patrick."

Naeger, who also serves as president of MAMES, was able to turn the tables and present Shafhauser with an award of her own, the MAMES Excelence in Leadership Award.

"Rose's leadership of this association since 1999 has been nothing short of exemplary," said Naeger in a news release. "On a daily basis she is providing visionary guidance that is dedicated to excellence with a devotion to our membership and undaunting leadership. We often ask who is MAMES and in large part I will tell you MAMES is Rose."

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