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Altimate Medical Is Honored With Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Safety Award

Altimate Medical Is Honored With Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Safety Award

Altimate Medical was recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the Minnesota and South Dakota Safety & Health Virtual Conference held on October 19-20, 2020. Altimate was awarded the Outstanding Achievement award which is the second highest honor given by the Governor’s program. Altimate Medical is one of only 262 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council (MSC).

“It is a pleasure to recognize Altimate Medical for their award and safety excellence,” said Paul Aasen, president of the MSC. “Safety is about time, attention and diligence. We thank Altimate Medical for working hard to keep their employees safe.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards Program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on progress implementing a comprehensive safety program. Outstanding Achievement Award winners are recognized for their continuous safety improvement and/or an outstanding safety record with incident rates that are 51%-90% better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.

“The safety of our employees has always been extremely important to our team at Altimate Medical,” said Paul Hickey, Altimate Medical’s President and CEO, “I’m very proud of all the work by our safety committee, led by our Safety Coordinator Dillon Kuehn. The team sets a high bar for our organization and ensure safety is an integral part of our culture at Altimate Medical.

Altimate Medical is Minnesota’s longest standing SHARP (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program) site since joining and achieving certification in May of 1998. SHARP sites have been acknowledged at the MSC conference for over 20 years. 

The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries on the road, at work, at home, and in the community.

About Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMHI), designs and manufactures differentiated medical equipment that optimizes treatment outcomes and maximizes the health and wellbeing of the end-users. Since its founding in 1987, Altimate Medical and its EasyStand brand has led the standing industry with unsurpassed technology. Altimate Medical Holdings has since expanded its product portfolio and made several acquisitions of well-known and respected brands within the complex rehab technology market (Zing, 2015; ActiveAid, 2018) and the healthcare capital equipment market (MPI, 2015). The AMHI family of brands include: ActiveAid, EasyStand, Justify It, Medical Positioning, Zing, VizaVue®, EchoBed®, UltraScan Versa™, and UltraDBI™.  Learn more by visiting altimatemedical.com

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Patent awarded for Swing-away Backrest on MPI’s VizaVue® Modified Barium Swallow Study Platform

Patent awarded for Swing-away Backrest on MPI’s VizaVue® Modified Barium Swallow Study Platform

Medical Positioning, Inc. (MPI) has been awarded a patent for the swing-away backrest on the VizaVue® modified barium swallow study platform. This swing-away backrest provides the speech pathology and radiology team unrivaled ease of use and configuration capability while decluttering the procedure space. Removal or storage, and the inherent potential for lost or misplaced parts, is no longer an issue with this option. The swing-away backrest will increase efficiency in the procedure space, enhance clinical team satisfaction and provide flexibility, comfort, and optimal positioning for both clinician and patient.

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) delivered an Issue Notification for U.S. Patent Number 10,667,976B2 entitled “Low Clearance Medical Imaging Chair,” which covers a patent application related to the company’s Modified Barium Swallow Study platform, VizaVue®. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this patent will be valid until May 26, 2036. This most recent issue builds upon a previously issued, although unrelated patent, and brings MPI’s total patent count to two.

“Our development team exemplifies an innovative spirit and I am proud to see the hard work and dedication rewarded with this patent. We will continue to incorporate clinician and patient feedback into our efforts as we look forward and continue serving the imaging community,” said Jorge Cadenas, President and General Manager of MPI.

Paul Hickey, President and CEO of Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMHI) commented, “As one of our stronger businesses within AMHI, MPI is poised for continued growth with a portfolio of highly differentiated products that all help improve care delivery.”

About Medical Positioning 
Based in Kansas City, KS, Medical Positioning Inc. (MPI), was founded in 1988 as American Echo. Its flagship product, the EchoBed®, revolutionized sonography ergonomics, spearheading a specialty imaging table market with the introduction of a drop away section, now known as the Imaging Drop Section. Today, MPI’s product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved imaging results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management, and speech pathology. 

About Altimate Medical
Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMHI), designs and manufactures differentiated medical equipment that optimizes treatment outcomes and maximizes the health and wellbeing of the end-users. Since its inception in 1987, Altimate Medical and its EasyStand brand has lead the standing industry with unsurpassed standing technology. Altimate Medical Holdings has since expanded its product portfolio and made several acquisitions of well-known and respected brands within the complex rehab technology market (Zing, 2015;  ActiveAid, 2018) and the healthcare capital equipment market (MPI, 2015). The AMHI family of brands include: ActiveAid, EasyStand, Justify It, Medical Positioning, Zing, VizaVue®, EchoBed®, UltraScan Versa™, and UltraDBI™.

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Paul Hickey Appointed new President and CEO of Altimate Medical

Paul Hickey Appointed new President and CEO of Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMHI) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Paul Hickey as its new President and CEO. Hickey succeeds Todd Tholkes, who is retiring after leading Altimate Medical for more than two decades. Tholkes started at Altimate Medical’s founding in 1987 and has held a leadership role in the company for all 32 years of service.

Tholkes, who will remain a board member, said, “I felt the timing was right as our company is well positioned for continued growth. I am confident that Paul, who has proven leadership experience and the commercialization expertise, will lead this company forward into the next chapter.”

“I am very impressed with Altimate Medical’s accomplishments and their global leadership position in standing devices. The future looks very promising with tremendous opportunity for growth from our new product pipeline and potential partnerships.” Hickey stated.

Hickey has over 25 years of medical device commercialization experience including leadership roles in marketing, R&D, clinical, and reimbursement.  Hickey most recently served as President and CEO of Vertebral Technologies, Inc. and prior to that role was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Reimbursement at EnteroMedics. He also serves as a member of the board of directors at Excelen Center for Bone & Joint Research and Education.

About Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical is comprised of a family of brands in the complex rehab technology and healthcare capital expense markets. Altimate Medical is a market leader in standing and related technologies and has global recognition from its EasyStand and Zing brands. ActiveAid has designed, manufactured, and marketed high-quality shower and commode seating systems for more than 50 years. Medical Positioning Inc. (MPI) was founded in 1988 and its product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved imaging results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management and speech pathology. More information about Altimate Medical’s portfolio can be found at https://altimatemedical.com/about.

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ActiveAid Unveils New Logo and Website

ActiveAid Unveils New Logo and Website

ActiveAid has unveiled its new brand logo and identity alongside a new website. ActiveAid has been in business for more than 50 years and the brand has been updated, modified in the past and this new logo and identity takes cues from previous designs while modernizing the look and feel. The new ActiveAid website is a huge leap forward from a usability and customer experience standpoint. More information, better organization and standardized product specifications will help customers find information faster and learn more about the products than ever before.

Another great customer-focused feature that was made possible by the new site – dynamic product configurators. Customers can now create a custom configuration and request a quote directly from the site without having to call customer service or fill out a paper order form. The site provides an MSRP quote instantly, but existing customers can fill out the short form at the bottom of the configurator to request a quote.

Every product has an individual product page with an “Options” tab that displays every option available for that unit. Each option has its own information page too – providing the customer as much information as possible prior to making purchasing decisions. Updated literature, standardized specifications and multiple images and videos are available for all products. View the new logo and website at activeaid.com

About ActiveAid

ActiveAid manufactures high-quality, stainless-steel bath, shower and commode products. Products offered are numerous and cover a vast array of user needs including location (toilet, bath, shower or stand-alone seating) positioning (height adjustable, seat slope, tilt-in-space, tilt and recline, and folding), and numerous support components. ActiveAid has pediatric, adult and bariatric lines – from simple raised toilet and modular seating systems to tilt-in-space, tilt and recline shower/commode chairs providing maximum support. ActiveAid products are manufactured in our Redwood Falls, MN facility.

About Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical is comprised of a family of brands in the complex rehab technology and healthcare capital expense markets. Altimate Medical is a market leader in standing and related technologies and has global recognition from its EasyStand and Zing brands. ActiveAid has designed, manufactured, and marketed high-quality shower and commode seating systems for more than 50 years. Medical Positioning Inc. (MPI) was founded in 1988 and its product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved imaging results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management and speech pathology. More information about Altimate Medical’s portfolio can be found at https://altimatemedical.com/about.

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Altimate Medical Acquires ActiveAid

Altimate Medical Acquires ActiveAid

Altimate Medical, Inc. has acquired Activeaid, Inc., as of May 1, 2018. Altimate and ActiveAid have shared synergies in the marketplace and both product portfolios complement and strengthen each other. Altimate Medical intends to continue operating the ActiveAid business in the Redwood Falls, MN facility.

Activeaid, Inc., a Minnesota-based manufacturer of quality medical equipment since 1965, specializes in the rehabilitation field. The diverse product lines, proudly made in the USA, address a range of uses from daily care assistance in the home environment, to products designed for the hospital and institutional market.

As a result of the acquisition, Todd Tholkes, President and CEO of Altimate Medical will assume leadership of Activeaid. “Activeaid has been a strategic partner to Altimate Medical for 30 plus years and we look forward to leveraging some of Altimate Medical’s strengths to sustain and help grow the Activeaid business. We would like to thank each of the team members of Activeaid for their contributions toward its mission over the last 50 plus years and we look forward to an exciting future together,” said Tholkes.

About Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical is comprised of a family of brands in the complex rehab technology and healthcare capital expense markets. Altimate Medical is a market leader in standing and related technologies and has global recognition from its EasyStand and Zing brands. ActiveAid has designed, manufactured, and marketed high-quality shower and commode seating systems for more than 50 years. Medical Positioning Inc. (MPI) was founded in 1988 and its product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved imaging results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management and speech pathology. More information about Altimate Medical’s portfolio can be found at https://altimatemedical.com/about.

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Altimate Medical Hires New Regional Sales Managers

Altimate Medical Hires New Regional Sales Managers

Altimate Medical is excited to announce the hire of three new Regional Sales Managers. With the hire of Whittney Ash, Lisa Vons Cooper and Dave Nesje, the ActiveAid, EasyStand, and Zing brands will be further supported and managed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Each has a distinct territory with Vons Cooper managing the West Coast, Nesje the Midwest and Canada and Ash managing the East Coast.

Meet the Team

Altimate Medical’s U.S. and Canada Regional Sales Managers

Lisa Vons Cooper

Lisa Vons Cooper

Vons Cooper has extensive industry experience both as an independent sales representative and in sales roles for several CRT manufacturers.

Whittney Ash

Whittney Ash

Ash brings to the table sales, marketing and social experience from the manufacturer side of the CRT industry.

Dave Nesje

Dave Nesje

Nesje is a veteran member of the Altimate Medical team and most recently served as the Customer Service Manager until accepting his new role.

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Altimate Medical Acquires Medical Positioning, Inc.

Altimate Medical Acquires Medical Positioning, Inc.

Altimate Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of medical positioning equipment to support therapy for adults and children with disabilities, has acquired Medical Positioning, Inc. (MPI), a market leader in the design and manufacture of diagnostic imaging surfaces. 

Founded in 1988, MPI is a market leader in the design and manufacture of premium, high-quality diagnostic imaging surfaces for the cardiology, general ultrasound and women’s healthcare segments. “We are excited to welcome MPI’s management and employees to the Altimate team,” said Todd Tholkes, Chief Executive Officer of Altimate.  “MPI has an outstanding brand reputation for products that deliver superior ergonomics and more efficient patient positioning, and joining forces enables both businesses to leverage our shared expertise to deliver a broader range of medical positioning equipment to customers worldwide.” MPI will continue to operate from its Kansas City, KS facility.

About Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical is comprised of a family of brands in the complex rehab technology and healthcare capital expense markets. Altimate Medical is a market leader in standing and related technologies and has global recognition from its EasyStand and Zing brands. ActiveAid has designed, manufactured, and marketed high-quality shower and commode seating systems for more than 50 years. Medical Positioning Inc. (MPI) was founded in 1988 and its product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved imaging results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management and speech pathology. More information about Altimate Medical’s portfolio can be found at https://altimatemedical.com/about.

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New Zing Pediatric Stander Goes Supine to Prone In One Motion

New Zing Pediatric Stander Goes Supine to Prone In One Motion

The new Zing Multi-Position Stander (MPS) is the only pediatric stander that allows a child to seamlessly go from the supine to the prone position without having to change, turn or flip pads, trays or footplates. In one fluid motion, the child can be positioned between supine, upright, and prone.

But the Zing’s advantages aren’t limited to its groundbreaking frame design, it’s the options that further set it apart from all other pediatric standers. Independent leg abduction up to 30 degrees is possible and features an anatomically correct leg support tube which allows the entire leg to abduct with a single knob and requires no additional knee or foot support adjustments. The multi-adjustable tray is angle adjustable and swings-away while remaining attached to the frame. Leg length discrepancies and hip and knee contractures are accommodated with multi-adjustable footplates, independently adjustable calf pads and multi-adjustable knee pads.

The modular design of the Zing line helps ensure the correct stander is ordered for each child. Tool-free adjustments make standing in the Zing easier, which often leads to increased standing program compliance. The Zing MPS size 1 has a terrific user range, fitting most children from infancy to 44” and up to 70 lbs.

About Zing

The Zing brand represents a full line of single and multi-position standers. The Zing MPS is the only true multi-position stander on the market with its unique pivot point that allows supine to prone positioning all in one motion. The ability to quickly change position from prone to supine or vise versa creates a therapeutic opportunity not found in any other standing device. This, coupled with leg abduction available across the entire Zing product line and an unrivaled number of support and positioning options, make Zing a leader in virtually all product categories. Zing products are produced in our Morton, MN facility and are distributed globally. View options and pricing, product pictures and video, and to see the full line of single and multi-position standing devices at zingstanders.com

About Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical is comprised of a family of brands in the complex rehab technology and healthcare capital expense markets. Altimate Medical is a market leader in standing and related technologies and has global recognition from its EasyStand and Zing brands. ActiveAid has designed, manufactured, and marketed high-quality shower and commode seating systems for more than 50 years. Medical Positioning Inc. (MPI) was founded in 1988 and its product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved imaging results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management and speech pathology. More information about Altimate Medical’s portfolio can be found at https://altimatemedical.com/about.