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I Am the HME Industry – Pamela M. Kaehler

February 9, 2015

MORGANTOWN, WV – To describe Pamela M. Kaehler, MBA, as merely “busy” would be a vast understatement. Her roles as executive director of Mon HealthCare Inc, Morgantown, West Virginia, and Fairmont Home Equipment & Supply Company, Fairmont, West Virginia, would be time consuming enough, but they represent the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

As a wife, mother, and executive, Kaehler is a voracious reader of non-fiction books that are mostly about organizational strategies, and she puts these publications to good use. “If I find challenges, then I am in part responsible for contributing to the solutions,” says Kaehler, president of the West Virginia Medical Equipment Suppliers Association, and a member of the AAHomecare Regulatory Council. “I feel it’s my responsibility to get involved…Everybody brings something unique to the table that can serve the cause.”

Kaehler will bring her considerable wisdom to a new event at Medtrade Spring called The HME Breakfast Club. Sponsored by Laboratory Marketing, Strategic A/R and Wheel:Life, the HME Breakfast Club is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. A ticket includes breakfast, time to chat with other like-minded HME professionals, and a dose of much needed inspiration from Pamela Kaehler.  

Her talk is still under construction, but at least some comments will be devoted to striking a balance between the personal and the professional “when professional responsibilities at times feel completely overwhelming.” It’s a topic that Kaehler knows a lot about as the mother of four—soon to be five—adopted children from foster care, and one foster infant daughter. “I have not slept in two years,” says Kaehler with a chuckle.

This large family includes five cats and four dogs, all in a “too-small” home in Morgantown, WV. She and her husband, Joe, have been happily married for nearly 30 years.

Back to Medtrade
Kaehler confesses that over the last several years she has not been able to attend Medtrade, primarily due to competing responsibilities. “But I am delighted to be able to attend Medtrade Spring this year, and it will be my first time attending Medtrade spring,” she says. “I also plan on renewing my commitment to attending Medtrade [in the Fall] regularly. I think it’s more important than ever to attend Medtrade for information gathering, sharing what I know, and checking in with my vendors.

“There is something to be said for personal relationships and looking people in the eye,” she continues. “I need to do more of that, and getting out to see and meet with so many people at one time is probably the most economical way to do it as well.”