U.S. Small Business Administration Presents 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award Leah Heimbach - Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017
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FAIRMONT, WV - Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS) was co-founded by two nurses, current President Leah Heimbach and her former business partner Patti Hodges who recently retired. The business was established to provide innovative solutions to the healthcare industry, and that is exactly what they have done for the last 14 years.


In short, HMS, on behalf of the state and federal government, ensures specific types of healthcare facilities are in compliance with federal regulations. They perform over 500 inspections a year to ensure quality services are provided and they are often the front-line safety inspectors for many at-risk, vulnerable populations, such as nursing home residents. Heimbach is very passionate about this cause as she has seen firsthand how neglect in a nursing home facility can affect patients.


In addition to their mission of protecting patients, Heimbach feels very strongly about giving back to the community. HMS regularly donates to organizations like Children’s Home Society, the local Union Mission, the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and the local Soup Opera. One project near and dear to Heimbach’s heart is the Growing Up Fun project which entailed building a playground at Watson Elementary School that was specifically designed to accommodate the needs of children of all abilities and is ADA compliant. Leah personally guaranteed a $30,000 loan to complete the project. The playground now serves the need of over 840 children in Marion County and is accessible to the public.


HMS has used many services offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, including counseling, networking events, the Federal Acquisition Management Certification Program, and the 8(a) Business Development Program which they attribute much of their success to in developing and expanding their federal footprint.