The Quarterly Conference of Locally Elected Officials held a meeting on Thursday evening at The Elkin Center.
Guests were welcomed by Surry County Board of Commissioner Paul Johnson and Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens.
After dinner, Hutchens drew attention toward Pilot Mountain Mayor Earl Sheppard who stated that the quarterly meeting would be his last.
Sheppard turned toward the crowd of about 50 and thanked everyone for what they do with service, but indicated that after serving eight years as mayor it was time to move on and that he was looking forward to other parts of his life.
“I think what we’re doing here is special. I encourage all of you to keep holding these meetings. I am also so thankful to all of you for the years. It’s been fun,” said Sheppard.
Hutchens introduced special guest Chris Cartwright, president of Prism Medical Products, LLC.
According to Cartwright, Prism Medical Products is a durable medical equipment supplier. Eighty percent of the company deals with patients who have chronic illness.
“The relationship we have is direct with clinicians. Providers determine supplies needed for patients. We ship products to the patients right away. We process payment from insurance companies,” said Cartwright.
During the process, Cartwright said that his employees become part of the team by working in collaboration with medical centers. “We help determine if the patient is using supplies ordered. If not, we provide the information to clinicians to determine compliance,” he said.
Prism Medical Products, LLC started in Aug. 14, 2006, out of a 400-square-foot office. For months, Cartwright said he pounded the pavement religiously visiting medical centers and doctor offices hoping for an order. Near Thanksgiving, and when all was bleak and Cartwright decided to take a job with another company, one fax came in. He would see six orders in 2006 grow to 114,000 by the end of 2013.
“Obviously, staying with it was the right decision,” said Cartwright.
The company head said that about two-thirds of his 130 employee workforce are Elkin-based. Growth was due to placement of several distribution points throughout the United States.
Other highlights mentioned by Cartwright was his desire to hold to brand-specific orders. “You don’t get any generic brand switch with our company,” he said.
Cartwright said that his team guarantees a next-day delivery if an order is place with Prism Medical Products, LLC by 4 p.m.
Hutchens concluded the meeting by thanking guests for attending and said the next meeting will be held on Dec. 11 at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @newsgonz.