ROCKY HILL, Conn. and ST. LOUIS, Jan. 7, 2013 — ATG Rehab (ATG) and United Seating & Mobility (USM) announced today a merger of equals. The combination brings together two of the country’s top complex mobility companies to better serve customers and help navigate an evolving healthcare marketplace.
Paul Bergantino, President and CEO of ATG, will continue in that role for the combined company. Bob Gouy, President and CEO of USM, will assume the role of Executive Chairman. ATG and USM will continue to operate under their own names for the time being, but a new name for the combined entity will be announced over the next couple of months.
This merger of equals creates a company with the resources to innovate and adapt in a challenging healthcare environment. ATG and USM bring complementary expertise, talent and systems that will enable the combined company to deliver better services, maintain a wider network and generate greater value to customers and other stakeholders. From enhancing consumer services to creating value-added products for payers, the company will leverage their combined differences and best practices to provide an offering unmatched in the industry.
“The combination of ATG and USM creates a company with the resources to invest in protecting and improving consumer access to complex mobility and the other technologies they require,” said Bob Gouy, Executive Chairman. “I could not be more excited about this merger and the value and opportunity it creates for the customers we serve and our collective teams.”
“This is truly exciting news,” said Paul Bergantino, President and CEO. “We saw the opportunity to build on the strengths of two great organizations which include the top ATPs, support teams and management in the industry. Our combined company will remain true to our mission of ‘staying local as we grow’, providing our customers with proper fit, fast delivery, outstanding communication and responsive repair turnaround times. Additionally, our company will be on the cutting-edge of providing innovative solutions that meet the specialized medical equipment needs of children and adults in communities across the country.”
About ATG Rehab ATG Rehab is a provider of wheelchairs and other complex mobility equipment with locations coast to coast. Established in 1999, ATG Rehab has expanded to 63 offices servicing 30 states and is committed to serving the local needs of clients and clinicians in each community. ATG Rehab is accredited by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation. For more information, please visit www.atgrehab.com.
About USM United Seating & Mobility is based in St. Louis, MO and maintains 64 field offices across 26 states. USM’s staff of certified rehab technology professionals and trained technicians is dedicated to providing customers with mobility needs with the best pathways to more satisfying lives using the broadest possible range of products. USM is accredited nationally by ACHC. USM’s National Customer Care Center can be reached at 800.500.9150 or online at www.UnitedSeating.com.
ATG and USM are both known for expert customer care with trained, knowledgeable ATPs and staff who deliver outstanding service. The companies’ product lines primarily consist of power and manual wheelchairs, adaptive seating and positioning systems, specialty bathing aids, rental equipment and other ancillary complex mobility items.
Walsenburg, CO – NRRTS, the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers announced today that Keith Jolicouer and Toby Bergantino have joined the NRRTS Board of Directors – Jolicouer as Review Board Chair for DMAC C and Bergantino as an at-large Board member.
Bergantino has been a NRRTS Registrant since 1994 and an ATP/CRTS since 1997. He grew up in this industry and has been involved with DME and rehab equipment since 1975. He has worked in the past on boards or committees for the Connecticut Multiple Sclerosis Southwest Chapter, Connecticut Spinal Cord Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Sail Connecticut Access Program and Rotary International. He has had the opportunity to brainstorm many ideas regarding clients’ needs with other ATPs within the ATG Rehab organization and realizes there are many ways he can do the same within NRRTS. “It will be an honor”, said Bergantino, “to serve NRRTS because it’s the one strong rehab organization.”
Jolicouer started his career in 1990 working for a large O&P/DME company in Flint, Mich. After a few years working as a delivery, warehouse and orthotics tech, he found himself applying his skills toward becoming an RTS and has done so since 1993. Jolicouer says that as with many in this industry, his career as a seating specialist found him as opposed to he finding it. He has been an ATP/CRTS with United Seating & Mobility in Springfield, Mo. since 2003. “Although what we do as rehab technology specialists can be challenging at times, it also can be rewarding,” said Jolicouer, “I am proud to be part of industry that, given the many obstacles, still prevails to help those who deal with many challenges of their own”,
The remainder of the NRRTS Board includes: Michele Gunn – President; Mike Osborn – President-elect; Gerry Dickerson, Vice-president; Leslie Rigg – Secretary; Elaine Stewart – Treasurer; Carey Britton – Review Chair DMAC A; Mike Nadeau – Review Chair DMAC B; Katie Roberts – Review Chair DMAC D; Mike Barner – At-large Director; Thana France – At-large Director; and Michelle McMahon – At-large Director.
A Provider’s Perspective
A Discussion with Mike Mowry, ATG Rehab
Feb 01, 2011
Mike Mowry, ATP, has been with ATG Rehab for more than seven years. A graduate from Quinnipiac University with a degree in health science and gerontology, he provides seating & mobility services to the Connecticut and New York areas.
Before joining ATG Rehab in 2003, Mowry worked in the private sector as an administrator providing services to adults and children with special needs. With ATG, he has worked with a diverse group of consumers, including seniors. But most of his clients now are children and young people with diagnoses ranging from cerebral palsy to muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy…
Investment to enhance company’s national expansion; benefits customers, clinicians and payers
Paul Bergantino succeeds Tim Burfield as CEO; Burfield remains company chairman
Rocky Hill, CT – January 14, 2011 - ATG Rehab, a subsidiary of Assistive Technology Group, Inc., today announced a majority investment by Audax Private Equity, a Boston-based investor in middle market companies with a reputation for spurring growth and creating value. Based in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, ATG Rehab is a national supplier of complex rehab equipment and assistive technologies with 26 offices servicing 19 states.
The company founders, Chuck Wallace, Mike Freedman, Tim Burfield and Bryan Cressey, will remain significant minority investors. Paul Bergantino, who has served as the company’s president for the past five years, will succeed Tim Burfield as CEO and lead the existing management team. Burfield will continue as chairman and be involved in the company’s strategic development.
“We are excited to be investing in an industry leader that holds key process and strategic advantages in an industry poised for continued growth,” said Audax Group Co-CEO Geoffrey S. Rehnert.
“Over the past eleven years, ATG Rehab has become the leading provider of complex rehab equipment thanks to the dedication of our associates and their focus on the needs of our customers,” said Burfield. “We welcome Audax Group’s commitment to our company and the industry. Paul’s promotion to CEO marks the culmination of a five-year succession plan and is a tribute to his outstanding leadership and contribution to our company. We, along with ATG’s shareholders and management, are excited to be co-investors with Audax Group and look forward to the continued success of ATG Rehab.”
“Audax Group shares ATG Rehab’s vision of transforming the complex rehab industry. Our plan is to continue to lead consolidation efforts within the industry, expanding both our physical presence and focus on providing excellent service and support to our customers,” said Bergantino.
ATG Rehab will continue to be headquartered in Connecticut at its present location at 100 Corporate Place in Rocky Hill. Expanding its presence in the southeastern and northwestern regions of the U.S., the company recently added offices in Oklahoma City, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and in Lynnwood and Tacoma, Wash.
About ATG Rehab
ATG Rehab is one of North America’s leading rehab equipment providers of wheelchairs and mobility equipment with U.S. locations coast to coast. Established in 1999, the ATG Rehab family of companies is privately held with over 26 locations servicing 19 states and is accredited by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation. ATG Rehab is known for customized customer care with a trained, knowledgeable staff that delivers localized focus and outstanding service.
The company’s mobility and seating solutions include power wheelchairs, manual and lightweight wheelchairs, adaptive seating, standing and positioning frames, specialty ambulatory and toileting aids, specialty bathing aides, rental equipment and portable ramps.
ATG Rehab has contracts with over 100 local and national health insurance companies including the largest managed care providers. The company is also a principal participant in a nationwide provider network to ensure access to payers. ATG Rehab and its national network go the extra mile to provide case management, continuing education on seating and mobility, a custom fabrication shop, certified repair technicians, a dedicated network of healthcare providers and reimbursement support and expertise.
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The Wheel World Project – An experiment in personal video archiving. A glimpse into the heart of common desire, shared by those of different ability. Almost one year ago, a group of extraordinary people came together to share what life is like living it from a wheelchair. The intention of the video is to illuminate the profound relatedness between all human beings regardless of how mobility is achieved. The profound relatedness that viewers will experience while watching the video, will open up new lines of communication and comfort between all people. The Wheel World Project is a vehicle for changing hearts and minds one voice at a time. Funds raised by The Wheel World Project will go towards providing wheelchairs for those in need.
The Wheel World Project held it’s premier event on November 13 in Denver Colorado. The project had 46 volunteers and many were ATG Rehab staff giving back to the community that we have the privilege of serving.
Attended by over 240 guests the project is a community event to celebrate the extraordinary in a video presentation. During the event there was live music, nine carnival booths including an iPad booth. Manual and power chairs for foot-bound people to test their skills maneuvering through an obstacle course and also playing basketball. There was an amazing mural art project plus twenty resource tables.
Two presentations were given, the first a keynote by TWWP video start, Tim Steinbrink followed later in the day by Miss Wheelchair Colorado, Zara Vargues. To get a sense of the fun and learning that was had by all click on the YouTube video and watch the fun
On November 8th, ATG’s Rocky Hill, CT, office played host to a Clinician Focus Group that consisted of 11 therapists from New England, Ohio, and Indiana. The focus group offered ATG’s leadership team an opportunity to meet with this group of experienced and diverse clinicians to listen to their feedback and learn from their daily challenges to further advance service and support.
This group of distinguished clinician’s included, Dr. Barb Crane, University of Hartford; Lisa Ann Troy, New England Pediatric Care; Val Taff, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Hartford; Gretchen Relva, Hosptital for Special Care; Michelle Kerr, Spaulding Rehabilitation; Caitlin DePalma, Naugatuck Schools; Deb Musumeci, Ability Beyond Disability; Dave Neises, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Theresa Berner, Dodd Hall OSU; Tara Riehm, Lutheran Hospital; and Nancy Shuster, Aces.
In the short evening session, we had a terrific exchange of ideas and input with these individuals and value their attendance and thoughtful feedback. We found that many of the services and programs we already have in place have made a big impact, but we also learned there are some key additional ways we can further advance our services to clinician’s and customers.
On November 8th, ATG Rehab is hosting a Clinician Focus Group that will bring together a group of therapists from the Northeast and Midwest regions of the country to collaborate and provide feedback to ATG leadership. The event will cover a variety of topics that affect the provision of Complex Rehabilitation Technology to individuals with disabilities.
ATG Rehab is continuously seeking ways to improve service and we look forward to a productive session. Check back in a few weeks to see a summary of the results!
[Rocky Hill, Conn., – September 28, 2010] – Expanding access for its growing customer base, ATG Rehab (http://www.atgrehab.com), a leading supplier of complex rehab equipment and assistive technologies, has opened offices in four new locations in three states. The new offices are located in Oklahoma City, Chattanooga, Tenn. and in Lynnwood and Tacoma, Wash.
“Our four new offices are expanding ATG Rehab’s service to Oklahoma and Tennessee while strengthening our presence in the state of Washington. We look forward to providing new customers in these locations with the very latest wheelchair and assistive mobility technologies,” said said ATG Rehab President and CEO Paul Bergantino.
ATG Rehab’s new Oklahoma City office, located at 7701 N. Broadway Extension, Suite A-12, Oklahoma City, 73116, will provide support to hospitals, rehab facilities and clients throughout the state with a focus on Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and long-time Oklahoma resident Randy White will head this location. “Randy’s professionalism and compassion have helped him establish strong relationships with clients and health care providers throughout Oklahoma,” said ATG Rehab Regional President Michele Longo.
Assistive Technology Professional Dan Pino, a Chattanooga resident, will lead ATG Rehab’s Chattanooga, Tenn. office located at 1465 North Mack Smith Road, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37412. “In addition to the expertise he offers as an assistive technology professional, Dan is also a licensed occupational therapist who understands how mobility devices can enhance clients’ ability to perform tasks at home and work,” said Frank Biondello, ATG Rehab regional president. This new location will provide support to clients living in Knoxville and Nashville. It also offers services to residents of southeastern Tennessee who travel to Atlanta for healthcare services.
ATG Rehab’s new Lynnwood office is located at 16531 13th Avenue West Suite A-106, Lynnwood, Wash., 98037. Washington Branch Manager Stacey Reeser, who is a 27-year veteran of the complex rehab product industry, is the Lynwood office’s manager. This new location provides Greater Seattle clients expanded services with easy access off the I-5 corridor in the Martha Lake region. Additionally, this office serves the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital and school districts in and north of the greater Seattle area.
ATG Rehab’s Tacoma, Wash. office is located at 11106 25th Avenue East, Suite A, Tacoma, Wash., 98445. The office is led by ATPs Michelle Marchand and Doug Ekness. Dan Timco, formerly president of Adaptive Mobility in Olympia, which ATG Rehab has acquired, joins them as well. Dan is the first repair technician in the ATG system to also hold the ATP credential, bringing more than 15 years of experience in serving clients in this region. The Tacoma office works closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s South Sound office, Providence St. Peter Hospital and school districts south of the Greater Seattle area to serve the complex rehab needs of these organizations’ clients.
“Our Tacoma expansion boosts ATG Rehab’s growing strategic presence in the South Sound area for Tacoma, Ft. Lewis, and Olympia,” said Jerry Knight, ATG Rehab’s regional president. “We have a growing number of clients in the South Sound area and with the addition of Adaptive Mobility’s former clients, we are excited to provide more localized service to the region.”
About ATG Rehab ATG Rehab is one of North America’s leading rehab equipment providers of wheelchairs and mobility equipment with U.S. locations coast to coast. Established in 1999, the ATG Rehab family of companies is privately held with over 26 locations servicing 19 states and is accredited by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation. ATG Rehab is known for customized customer care with a trained, knowledgeable staff that delivers localized focus and outstanding service. The company’s mobility and seating solutions include power wheelchairs, manual and lightweight wheelchairs, adaptive seating, standing and positioning frames, specialty ambulatory and toileting aids, specialty bathing aides, rental equipment and portable ramps. ATG Rehab has contracts with over 100 local and national health insurance companies including the largest managed care providers. The company is also a principal participant in a nationwide provider network to ensure access to payers. ATG Rehab and its national network go the extra mile to provide case management, continuing education on seating and mobility, a custom fabrication shop, certified repair technicians, a dedicated network of healthcare providers and reimbursement support and expertise.
Bariatric seating & mobility, as a specialty, may be this industry’s perfect storm.
While some patients in the bariatric category — defined as weighing more than 300 lbs. for the purposes of this article — do well with consumer mobility products, many more are truly complex rehab clients who need personalized assessments and customized assistive technology. Add in the difficulty of fitting the equipment into the user’s environment, funding sources’ incomplete understanding of this niche, and society’s lack of empathy, and the result can be a threat to access for patients and a never-ending struggle for the providers who work with them. (READ MORE…)
ATG Rehab’s Jacquie Ohanesian, ATP, CRTS and Cody Verrett, VP Sales & Marketing are interviewed in this article.
ALS: A Complex Rehab Challenge - By Laurie Watanabe - May 01, 2010
Nearly 70 years have passed, but to many people, the New York Yankees’ first baseman still epitomizes what they know of the disease: How it takes young adults in the prime of their lives. How it progresses swiftly toward an inevitable end. And how there is no cure. (READ MORE…)
ATG Rehab’s John Calcavecchia, ATP is interviewed in this article.