We are terribly saddened by the passing of Van G. Miller. His influence in the homecare arena is second to none, and his work founding and leading a great company leaves an impressive legacy. The essential work of The VGM Group not only helps their diverse nationwide membership thrive, but also positively impacts the lives of the millions of people these companies serve.
Van’s service on the Board of Directors of AAHomecare, as well as his determination to make The VGM Group a strong presence on Capitol Hill and a force in mobilizing grassroots support on HME policy priorities, serves as a benchmark for other leaders in our industry to strive for. We are proud to have honored Van as one of AAHomecare’s earliest Homecare Champion award winners in 2012.
“When I started my home medical equipment business in 1988, I was fortunate to be able to take advantage of VGM’s financing and insurance services to help me grow and sustain my business,” said Tom Ryan, president & CEO of AAHomecare. “Van had the foresight and drive to create more than just his own successful company―instead, he helped build hundreds of flourishing companies that are essential lifelines to patients all over the county.”
“I am so profoundly sorry at Van’s passing, but I feel so honored to have been invited to his home and to his organization last week,” said John Letizia, president of Laurel Medical Supplies and chairman of AAHomecare. “Even as his passion for our industry will be incredibly difficult to replace, I hope we will all be guided by his example of what a dynamic and committed individual can achieve.”
The homecare community has lost an advocate, an innovator, and a stalwart ally, but the lasting effects of Van’s work and warm memories of his friendship will remain with all of us for years to come.
The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and others in the homecare community that serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen systems, wheelchairs, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes. Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. Visit www.aahomecare.org.
Gordon Barnes, email@example.com, 202.372.0759