Scott Russell earns top certification to become an Assistive Technology Professional

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Scott Russell, Assistive Technology Professional

REDWOOD FALLS, MN (November 23, 2015) – Rice Home Medical is pleased to announce that Scott Russell has recently passed his certification exam to become an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). The ATP certification recognizes demonstrated competence in evaluating and assessing the needs of consumers with disabilities, assisting in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer’s needs, and providing training and implementation for the customer and caregivers in the use of the selected device.

To earn his ATP, Russell had to complete 3,000 hours of work experience, 20 hours of assistive technology related training and education, and pass a comprehensive exam.

Russell has over two years of experience with Rice Home Medical as a Rehab Specialist fitting and configuring mobility equipment for customers. He is registered with the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers as a professional who offers quality care and service to provide wheelchairs and seated positioning systems for people of all ages and diagnoses.

“Scott has been an important part of growing the Rehab Department in Redwood Falls and the surrounding area,” Briana Mumme, Rice Home Medical Branch Manager, stated. “With his new credential of ATP, Rice Home Medical will be able to provide more advanced quality mobility equipment for all customers, in all areas. We are looking forward to the growth of these services in the future.”

Russell adds, “I’m excited to work with such a great group of people and continue the tradition of excellent service provided by Rice Home Medical.”

ESGR Award

Aaron Olson, Sales Director at Rice Home Medical, has been presented the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Ryan Heidelberger, Regional Account Representative at the Alexandria Rice Home Medical branch and member of HHC 1/34th Armored Brigade Combat Team of the Minnesota National Guard, nominated Olson for the support he has shown Heidelberger throughout the course of his employment at Rice Home Medical and his involvement in the National Guard.

“Employers like Aaron make it possible for Soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard to perform at the highest level,” Heidelberger stated. “This was an opportunity to recognize Aaron and to personally thank him for his continued support of my service.”

Olson was presented the award from ESGR Representative and former 34th Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major Retired (CSM), Ron Muehlbauer on Wednesday, February 19th at the Rice Home Medical branch in Willmar.

Left to right: Ron Muehlbauer, Ryan Heidelberger, and Aaron Olson

Left to right: Ron Muehlbauer, Ryan Heidelberger, and Aaron Olson

Rice Home Medical goes to Washington, D.C!

Two of our very own, Lisa and Carol, went to Washington, D.C. recently to speak with Senators and Representatives about the negative impact that competitive bidding is going to have on our Medicare beneficiaries.
Competitive bidding is a new program that changes the amount Medicare pays suppliers for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies and makes changes to who can supply these items. This limits the beneficiary’s choice of providers for their Medicare-covered equipment, products, and services.
Rice Home Medical will make sure that residents in our area will receive the best possible care!

Lisa and Carol with Senator Amy Klobuchar and other MAMES members!

Lisa and Carol with Senator Amy Klobuchar and other MAMES members!

To read more about the effects of competitive bidding and to sign the petition go to:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-competitive-bidding