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Ryan Williams Appointed new President and CEO of Altimate Medical

Ryan Williams Appointed new President and CEO of Altimate Medical

Morton, MN, February 12, 2023-Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. (AMHI) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Ryan Williams as its new President and CEO. Williams succeeds Tom Prentice who served as interim CEO during the executive search. Prentice will remain as Chair of the AMHI board of directors. Williams brings significant industry knowledge and proven leadership experience throughout his career in healthcare.

Prentice said, “Ryan has the right combination of experience, culture, and drive, making him an ideal fit for Altimate Medical and our next stage of growth. Through our interactions, it is clear to me that Ryan has truly impressive decision-making skills and is a strategic thinker.”

“Altimate has a great mission and fantastic products that improve quality of life for end-users and clinicians who rely on them. I am excited to join a dynamic and successful team,” said Williams.

Williams most recent role was President, North America of Etac Group. Spearheading North American operations for the organization, overseeing 6 distinct brands: Etac, R82, Convaid, MoLift, Immedia, and Star Cushions. Prior leadership roles as Chief Executive Officer of Avera Health, Passy-Muir, and Rymo Medical provide a wealth of operational, product development and clinical expertise.

About Altimate Medical

AMHI is comprised of Altimate Medical, Inc. and Medical Positioning Incorporated. Altimate Medical is a market leader in standing and related complex rehab products and has global recognition from its ActiveAid, EasyStand and Zing brands. Medical Positioning was founded in 1988 and its product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management and speech pathology. More information about the Altimate Medical portfolio can be found at altimatemedical.com.

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Altimate Medical Receives Top Certification for Medical Device Quality Management

Altimate Medical Receives Top Certification for Medical Device Quality Management

Morton/Redwood Falls, Minn. – Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc., announced this week that Altimate Medical Inc., received ISO 13485:2016 certification for Medical Device and Quality Management Systems (QMS).  ISO 13485 is an internationally recognized set of quality management system requirements for medical devices.  To be certified, a company must demonstrate the ability to provide products that consistently meets customer and regulatory requirements.  Companies which are ISO 13485 certified are audited annually and must recertify every 3 years.  Many countries require certification to ISO 13485 to sell medical devices in their country.    

The audit to recertify Altimate’s QMS and expand its scope to include the functions of the former ActiveAid business took place in early February.  Official certification was received in this week culminating the end of the 3 ½ year project for Altimate.  “ISO 13485:2016 is the most internationally recognized quality system standard and Altimate’s certification demonstrates we comply with the laws and regulations of the medical device industry”  said Amy Curtis, Director, Quality and Regulatory for Altimate Holdings.  “It took effort and dedication from each team within the company to make this happen and involves nearly every aspect of the business:  management, resources, design, manufacturing, assembly, customer service, procurement, and more.”

“In 2018 when Altimate Medical purchased Activeaid, one of the goals it set for the newly acquired company was to become certified to the ISO 13485 standard for Medical Devices.”
 said Paul Hickey, President and CEO for Altimate Holdings.  “We want to thank our employees for their efforts in making this transition a success and look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with them.  Their achievement aligns with our unwavering commitment to quality and our mission to help improve lives with the products we make every day.“

Altimate Medical Holdings, Inc. 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 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 (Medical Positioning, Inc., 2015). The Altimate Medical family of brands include: ActiveAid, EasyStand, Justify It, Zing, Medical Positioning, VizaVue®, EchoBed®, UltraScan Versa™, and UltraDBI™.

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Altimate Medical Donates EasyStand Stander to Carris Health – Redwood

Altimate Medical Donates EasyStand Stander to Carris Health – Redwood

Redwood Falls, Minn. – Altimate Medical is proud to partner with Carris Health Foundation – Redwood to provide local patients with mobility issues high quality care close to home by donating an EasyStand Evolv standing frame to the Rehab Department.

“The EasyStand standing frame facilitates my patient’s ability to increase bearing weight through their legs, which helps – in turn – with their overall bone and joint health while maximizing the use of their legs for daily activities,” explained Ryan Pope, DPT, Carris Health – Redwood Physical Therapist.

Standing frames, and specifically EasyStand, provide a comfortable and safe way for patients with limited mobility to go from a seated to standing position. This provides a variety of health benefits including improving independence, bone density, circulation, range of motion, strengthening cardiovascular system, and more.

Pope also explained that the standing frame helped decrease the symptoms of pain in one of his patients who has no choice in being primarily sitting.  

“The progressive standing we get through the EasyStand offers so many overall health benefits that tend to go unnoticed until they’re absent, including cardiovascular health in individuals who are otherwise unable to engage in meaningful exercises due to loss of limb function or tolerance of certain movements,” said Pope.

Altimate Medical’s donation of the EasyStand Evolv and optional features has value of $6850. This new unit will replace a previous EasyStand model in the rehab department, providing the latest technology to the local community.

“We take great pride in knowing the products we design and build improve the quality of life for those who need them,” said Paul F. Hickey, CEO of Altimate Medical.  “As a local manufacturer, it’s so rewarding to see our products benefit the lives of this community where many of our employees call home. This is one of many reasons Altimate Medical is compelled to continue giving and engaging our communities.”

EasyStand donates Evolv standing frame to Carris Health Redwood Falls rehab department
Photo: Kyle Smith, Altimate Medical Marketing Manager; Paul Hickey, Altimate Medical CEO; Megan Gibson, Carris Health – Redwood Rehab Manager; Carnie Allex, Carris Health – Redwood Administrator; Samantha Loomis, Carris Health Foundation – Redwood Development Officer

About Altimate Medical

Altimate Medical 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 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 Altimate Medical 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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New Portable and Foldable Pediatric Stander from Zing

New Portable and Foldable Pediatric Stander from Zing

Morton, Minn – Altimate Medical, the manufacturer of EasyStand and Zing brands, is excited to announce the introduction of a new portable, foldable, and right-sized 0-3 stander, the Zing Portable. Featuring three tripod-style legs that quickly and easily fold and a fully-configured weight of approximately 20 pounds, this new stander is the first truly travel-worthy product on the market.

The Zing Portable was designed for children in the 0-3 year age range and has a height range up to 36 inches and a weight capacity of 36 pounds. The stander’s footprint and overall size are proportional to the size of the end user. Thus, ensuring the unit does not look or feel outsized no matter how small of a child is in the stander.

Imagine taking a stander up or down stairs, to the garage, or on a trip without breaking your back. The carrying handle on the Zing Portable was designed to balance the weight of the unit when folded and it does such a good job it hardly feels like lifting the already light 20 pounds. The tripod-style legs fold up and the upper-body components are removeable so finding room for travel or storage is easy.

Zing Portable is a multi-position stander that has both a supine-to-vertical and prone-to-vertical configurations. Like other Zing products, it also features independent leg abduction (up to 15 degrees or 30 degrees bi-laterally). Other familiar Zing features include a swing-away tray, tool-free adjustment, and a comfortable transfer height.

This new portable stander creates new therapeutic opportunities for clinicians and enables standing that better fits into families’ spaces and routines. Children can stand more often and in new places with unparalleled functionality and ease of use. The Zing Portable sets a new standard of care for 0-3 standing. Learn more at zingstanders.com/portable

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. Learn more at zingstanders.com


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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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

AMHI is comprised of Altimate Medical, Inc. and Medical Positioning Incorporated. Altimate Medical is a market leader in standing and related complex rehab products and has global recognition from its ActiveAid, EasyStand and Zing brands. Medical Positioning was founded in 1988 and its product portfolio includes ergonomic and bariatric diagnostic imaging platforms designed to offer optimum positioning and improved results across cardiology, vascular, radiology, breast biopsy, surgery, pain management and speech pathology. More information about the Altimate Medical portfolio can be found at altimatemedical.com.

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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.