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Obesity drives bariatric market

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09/30/2009

America's obesity epidemic continues to warrant the manufacturing of thicker, stronger, heavy-duty medical equipment. This means there is more opportunity than ever for HME providers who want to pursue this specialty market. More than one-third of U.S. adults are classified as clinically obese (more than 72 million people) and obesity in adults has reportedly increased by more than 60% in the past 20 years. In 2008, researchers found that 32 states had an obesity prevalence equal to or greater than 25% while six states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 30%. Only one state, Colorado, had a prevalence of obesity less than 20% of its total population.

Lamberts Health Care: Cash, credit or check, please

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09/30/2009

Thirty-three years ago, the owner of Lambert's Home Medical in Knoxville, Tenn., had just graduated college and his job searches were proving fruitless in a flat economy.
"Jobs were scarce--I was beginning to get discouraged and worried about my future," he said. "I remember praying one afternoon for God to get me out of the situation I was in and help me find a job and an opportunity. A few days later I found myself at Lambert's Pharmacy getting a prescription filled. While there, the pharmacist, Martin Lambert, said he needed some help with his medical equipment rental department. I took the job and have been here ever since."

Herron & Smith: 'This business has been rewarding'

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09/30/2009

Co-founder Bernadine Herron and former partner Christine Smith, both registered nurses with hospital backgrounds, launched their home medical equipment business in 1984 to fill a gaping void in this town of approximately 13,000 in south central New Hampshire.

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