EasyStand Releases Redesigned Bantam Extra Small and Small Pediatric Stander

MORTON, MN – EasyStand has updated and redesigned the Bantam extra small and small pediatric standing frames. The Bantam extra small and small combines the best of the Bantam medium and Zing product lines to create the most advanced pediatric sit-to-stand standing frame on the market today. The new supine positioning controller effortlessly shifts between sit to stand and supine modes and the innovative “Neutral” setting allows infinite positioning between seated and supine. New sizes and options for trays, foot and knee supports, backs, and lateral supports have also been introduced with this release. Additional changes include a new stroller handle, calf pad, and a new form to fit headrest. The Bantam extra small and small are now offered in four colors: green, purple, white, and orange and hygienic covers are available in six fun patterns kids are sure to love. The Bantam extra small fits individuals up to 50lbs and has an approximate height range of 28-40”, while the small size has a weight limit of 100lbs and an approximate height range of 36-54”. Visit EasyStand to see all the changes and to learn more about the new EasyStand Bantam extra small and small and to see our full line of standing devices.

EasyStand Names New Customer Service Manager

MORTON, MN – Altimate Medical has named Dave Nesje Customer Service Manager. Nesje is a veteran of the customer service team and has been with the company for over 15 years. After starting his career at AMI in production he quickly transitioned into a customer service role. Nesje is taking over the department as long-time Customer Service Manager, Jenny Kodet, transitions into a new role within the company. Altimate Medical has been manufacturing EasyStand® standing devices that improve the quality of life for kids and adults who use wheelchairs worldwide. For more information on EasyStand® standing frames, please contact Altimate Medical at 800-342-8968 or connect with EasyStand® via, Facebook, and Twitter.

EasyStand Management, Equity Partners Purchase Company from Invacare

MORTON, MN – The Altimate Medical, Inc. management team is happy to announce the purchase of Altimate Medical from Invacare Corporation. Management led the buyout with two equity partners, Rockwood Equity Partners and Granite Equity Partners. General Manager, Todd Tholkes, has been named President and CEO and all other Altimate executives will remain in place as owners and executives in their current roles. Tholkes says, “We at Altimate Medical remain committed to working with our independent representatives and distributors and are excited about the prospects for the future.” Founded in 1987 and based in Morton, MN, Altimate Medical is a global leader in design and manufacture of standing technology for individuals with disabilities. Its EasyStand brand of standing devices is comprised of models, features and capabilities found in no other standing devices. Altimate holds a market leading position in the adult standing market and a growing presence in the pediatric market. In the next phase of the company’s development and growth, Rockwood will place veteran executive Vince Nardy as the board Chair along with Joe Merrill, the Rockwood partner leading the investment. Pat Edeburn, Partner with Granite Equity, will join the company’s board alongside Todd Tholkes, the President and CEO of Altimate. Rockwood Equity Partners and Granite Equity Partners have a long and successful history of investing together which extends back to their 2004 partnership in DeZURIK, Inc. Founded in 1999, Rockwood Equity Partners is a private investment firm with offices in Cleveland and New York City. Granite Equity Partners is a private investment firm based in St. Cloud, MN, that governs and grows companies in Greater Minnesota. No service delays should be expected as a result of the sale and Altimate’s customers, suppliers, and distributors should expect nothing less than outstanding customer service and a seamless transition of ownership. For more information visit www.easystand.com, www.rockwoodequity.com, www.graniteequity.com.

EasyStand Names New Marketing Manager

MORTON, MN – Altimate Medical, Inc. recently promoted Kyle Smith to Marketing Manager. Smith’s previous position with AMI was Marketing Specialist. Kyle has long been recognized for his excellent leadership skills and innovative thinking. As part of his new position, he will be responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies with the intent of increasing customer base. In doing so, he will lead overall brand management including all communications, media production, and online content. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations and a Masters of Arts Degree in Administration and Management from Minnesota State University. Smith’s held a previous position in Corporate Communications for Taylor Corporation in North Mankato, Minnesota. He also volunteers with the Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition’s “Walk do” for Autism awareness. For over twenty years, Altimate Medical has been providing EasyStand® standing devices that improve the quality of life for kids and adults who use wheelchairs worldwide. For more information on EasyStand® standing frames, please contact Altimate Medical at 800-342-8968 or connect with EasyStand® via, Facebook, and Twitter.

EasyStand Releases New Bantam Medium Pediatric Stander

MORTON, MN – The new Bantam medium standing frame fills a gap in the marketplace for larger, more involved children. The medium is an addition to the current Bantam line; the only standers to feature the combination of sit to stand and supine. The Bantam medium fits individuals up to 200 pounds and has an approximate height range of 4’-5’6”. The Bantam medium allows transfers to a seated or supine position, or any position in between. The Bantam’s new positioning controller effortlessly shifts between sit to stand and supine modes and the innovative “Neutral” setting allows infinite positioning between seated and supine. A manual hydraulic actuator or optional electric lift brings the child to a standing position. No other stander offers so many positioning possibilities. Transferring larger children can be difficult and often requires two or more people. As a result, the child spends less time standing or the standing program is abandoned altogether. The option to transfer into a seated position or into supine with hip-knee flexion makes transfers safer and more manageable. The Bantam medium’s infinite positioning capabilities make long-term standing a reality for larger children. Visit easystand.com to learn more about the new EasyStand Bantam Medium, options and pricing, view product pictures and video, and to see our full line of standing devices.

Altimate Medical Earns Top Governor’s Safety Award

Steve Schmidt and Allison Larsen accepting the Award of Honor on behalf of Altimate Medical, Inc.

Altimate Medical, maker of EasyStand® standing frames, was recently awarded the 2011 Minnesota Safety Council’s Award of Honor for exceptional accomplishments in reduction of injuries and illnesses in the workplace and implementation of more than ninety percent of specified benchmarks. Altimate Medical Inc. received the Meritorious Achievement Award in 2009, the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010, and the highest level Governor’s Safety Award, the Award of Honor in 2011. Altimate Medical is one of only forty-three employers who earned the Award of Honor for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the 2011 Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with state and national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels and Altimate Medical was honored at the top level. “An effective safety program is an indicator of a successful organization,” said Carol Bufton, President of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Employers like Altimate Medical understand that protecting employees is not only the right thing to do – it’s also good business.” For over twenty years, Altimate Medical has been providing EasyStand® standing technology that improves the quality of life for kids and adults who use wheelchairs worldwide. For more information on the EasyStand standing frames, please visit www.easystand.com, call 800-342-8968 or connect with EasyStand via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Altimate Medical Joins VGM and US Rehab Buying Groups

As the manufacturer of EasyStand standing frames for over twenty years, we at Altimate Medical Inc. are excited to become an exclusive vendor with VGM Group and US Rehab. These buying groups work together with their vendors to advocate for the industry and provide rehab technology suppliers with endless resources to remain successful. As the only standing frame manufacturer who is a preferred VGM and US Rehab member, Altimate Medical plans to increase vendor awareness of the EasyStand line of standing frames by providing sales tools, educational opportunities and more. Mark Schmitt, Sales and Marketing Director at Altimate Medical Inc. comments “We are excited about the potential growth we can create joining in partnership with VGM and US Rehab. We already work with over 60% of the US Rehab members and look forward expanding that number greatly.” For twenty years, Altimate Medical has been providing EasyStand® standing technology that improves the quality of life for kids and adults who use wheelchairs worldwide. Call 800-342-8968 for more information or connect with EasyStand via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.

Redesigned EasyStand StrapStand Stands More Users

Altimate Medical’s redesigned EasyStand StrapStand has improvements and new options that accommodate a wide variety of user needs. Twenty-five different support options and accessories are now available on the StrapStand, many that are similar to the EasyStand Evolv. Significant improvements were made to the Swing-Out Legs option, which now accommodates wheelchairs up to 38” wide, while still fitting thru narrow doorways. With the simple shift of the lever, the caregiver can swing in/out the legs of the stander and lock them in place, similar to how they would operate legs on a patient lift. Other new options include choices in trays, kneepads and footplates. For over twenty years, Altimate Medical has been providing EasyStand® standing technology that improves the quality of life for kids and adults who use wheelchairs worldwide. For more information on the EasyStand StrapStand, call 800-342-8968 or connect with EasyStand via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Top EasyStand Representatives Honored at Sales Meeting

Representatives of Bill Holt & Associates, Receiving Top Representative Group Award.

Altimate Medical Inc. recently honored their top independent representatives for exceptional sales and service in their respective territories in 2010. Bill Holt and Associates of Sherman, TX received top honors when they were named Top Representative Group, and one of their representatives, Patrick Sullivan, was awarded Top Representative for the year. Other independent representatives honored include Paul Miles for Exceptional Representative-Eastern Territory Award and David Schutte for Highest Growth-Eastern Territory Award both are with Primeline Medical of Wixom, MI, Jerry Mann with Provision Associates of Mendota Heights, MN for the Exceptional Representative-Western Territory Award and Duane Rhodes with the Brewis Group of Lake Oswego, OR for the Highest Growth-Western Territory Award. For over twenty years, Altimate Medical has been providing EasyStand® standing technology that improves the quality of life for kids and adults who use wheelchairs worldwide. For more information on EasyStand standing frames, please contact Altimate Medical at 800-342-8968 or connect with EasyStand via YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. More award photos are available on the EasyStand Flickr page.

New Mobile Option for EasyStand Bantam Increases Kids’ Independence

Altimate Medical’s EasyStand Bantam pediatric standing frame is now available with a self-propelled Mobile option. The Mobile option provides kids who have disabilities with more independence to explore their environment, while their body benefits from being in the natural standing position. If the child has enough strength to propel a manual wheelchair, they can operate the Mobile option. The depth adjustable push rims on the Bantam Mobile can be positioned in the optimum spot for the child’s reach and can be used even when sitting or partially standing. The push rims move out of the way for easy transfers. The angled drive wheels and high efficiency chain drive maximize the child’s propulsion and steering capabilities while standing. A parent or caregiver can activate the wheel locks for safe transferring or stationary standing. The Bantam with the Mobile option opens up new opportunities. In school, kids can participate in more functional activities and interact at the same level as their peers. At home, they can reach toys on shelves or get their own snack from the kitchen cupboard. Research studies suggest enhanced benefits of standing when using a mobile/dynamic standing frame, due to self-propelling the stander and the psychological effects. For twenty years, Altimate Medical has been providing EasyStand® standing technology that improves the quality of life for kids and adults who use wheelchairs worldwide. For more information on the EasyStand Bantam, call 800-342-8968 or connect with EasyStand via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.