Categories
News

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.

Image
Image

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™.

Categories
News

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.

Categories
News

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.