The second HTM Mixer of 2020 was a big success. The Wisconsin Biomedical Association (WBA) teamed up with TechNation magazine and parent company MD Publishing to deliver a safe and clean HTM conference amid the COVID-19 pandemic. View more photos here.
MD Publishing Vice President Kristin Leavoy was ecstatic about the turnout in Milwaukee.
“The second of our three HTM Mixers was a great success! The members of the Wisconsin Biomedical Association did an outstanding job of promoting the event to their members and the hard work paid off,” Leavoy said. “We were once again able to host a meeting in a safe-and-clean environment that gave everyone the opportunity to network with colleagues and get the education needed for their CE credits.”
Generous sponsors – USOC Bio-medical Services, Innovatus Imaging and Technical Prospects – made registration free for hospital employees, members of the military and students. Attendees benefitted from world-class educational sessions, tremendous networking events and a unique exhibit hall experience where HTM professionals could learn more about some of the latest and most trusted industry solutions. There were even door prizes and awards!
Sheri Scudieri, an imaging equipment specialist at Gundersen Health System and member of the WBA board of directors, said the HTM Mixer exceeded her expectations.
“I am really passionate about these (in-person events). I am passionate about the industry. I feel like it is a great opportunity for us to all to get together sharing knowledge, networking and really boost each other up as far as us (WBA) and the industry and biomeds, the vendors, you all (TechNation). I think it is just a great opportunity for everyone,” Scudieri said.
When asked if the one-day HTM Mixer was worth the time and effort to attend she said, “Yes, very much so.”
“I was really impressed with the two educational session that I have attended,” she added during a break before attending her third educational session. “I actually learned an incredible amount and so much more than I was anticipating.”
She said that she drove three hours to attend the HTM Mixer and that “it was really worth it.”
Accruent Vice President of Healthcare Strategy Al Gresch, who presenter and exhibited at the HTM Mixer, said he felt “very safe” attending the HTM Mixer in Milwaukee, especially after a positive experience at the earlier HTM Mixer in Colorado.
“It was similar in Colorado – which is why I had no qualms about coming here to Milwaukee,” Gresch explained. “The vendor tables are spread much further apart than they normally would be. Even where you have water, you have placards there telling people how to safely get water. In the sessions that we put on, the people are spread apart and people come in between sessions and wipe everything down. Everyone is masked up. So, yeah, I felt very safe.”
Tri-Imaging Solutions Regional Sales Director Chris O’Toole said he travelled north from Nashville, Tennessee to be able to interact with the HTM community.
“Especially the way the things have been going the past six to eight months, it’s important to get out any time you have an opportunity to touch back with the customers, it’s also important that we be here for our vendor partners because we do a lot of business together,” O’Toole said. “I think anytime there is an opportunity to, especially now with what’s going on, to get out, to see people in a socially distanced way it’s really important to do so now because we do really need to keep all the things that we are trying to do to build the industry going – even during difficult times.”
Gundersen Health System Manager of Clinical Engineering Melissa Wilke, CBET, also described the HTM Mixer as a “success.”
“The Milwaukee 2020 HTM Mixer was a success! We had 125 attendees from Wisconsin all the way to Kentucky. There were 39 vendors that also attended. It was really great to see new vendors coming out to support us and the event,” Wilke, who is also a WBA officer, said. “The education tracks were incredible. I had the chance to talk with some attendees who had not been to an event before and they were very impressed with the caliber of education presented. It has left them with excitement for more! TechNation brought a breath of fresh air to Milwaukee that has had rave reviews from everyone in attendance.”
“On behalf of the WBA, congratulations to TechNation for the success of the Milwaukee Mixer! You are all truly a team who is willing to bring it all and wow your audience. You left us with excitement to attend another event. Thank you for it all,” she added.
Wilke was quick to encourage attendance at the MD Expo in Tampa, Florida this November and the HTM Mixer set for Nashville, Tennessee this December.
“Drop what you are doing and clear your schedule so you can attend the next MD Expo! Guaranteed it will be well worth your time. The education and presenters are phenomenal! The networking opportunities and chance to meet with vendors, explore their new technology 1:1, it’s all done for you,” Wilke said. “Take the time to invest in your education and show your support for the HTM field!”
For more information about the MD Expo in Tampa, visit MDExpoShow.com.
For more information about the HTM Mixer in Nashville, visit HTMMixer.com.
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