In Memory of Van G. Miller

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Rob Baumhover

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As many of you know, VGM’s fearless leader, Van G. Miller, passed away unexpectedly earlier this week. Van was the founder, heart and life of the VGM Group and will be greatly missed. He was 67 years old and had just celebrated the marriage of his youngest son on Saturday. Van died Sunday, Oct. 18, at his home, from a massive heart attack. Van founded VGM in 1986 and has been the Chairman and CEO ever since.  Please keep Van and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Van founded VGM on Sept. 3, 1986, with the belief that quality home health care is best delivered by community-based, independent providers. The original buying group for independent home medical equipment providers grew to be a diverse company of business units.   VGM is still best known for its leadership in the home medical equipment industry, where it provides services that include group purchasing, insurance, education, marketing, insurance contracting, advocacy and analysis.

Under Van’s guidance, VGM expanded to include a significant business presence in management of post-acute health care, golf, restaurants, orthotics and prosthetics and physical therapy.  VGM employs 850 people, the majority of whom work at its headquarters in Waterloo, Iowa, but there are also sizeable offices in Dade City, Fla.; Atlanta; Kansas City; Phoenix; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Van MillerKnown for his easy-going personality and ability to make everyone in his organization feel important, Van still made phone calls to his 850-plus associates on their birthdays and work anniversaries, delivered caramel apples to everyone at Halloween and was a prominent figure in the booth at VGM’s trade shows, where he was easily spotted in the year’s latest patriotic shirt. Despite his success, he considered himself to be “one of the associates” and maintained an open door policy in the office.

“I try to stay out of everybody’s way,” Van said recently. “I look for opportunities for growth, and help make sure communication is company-wide. My ultimate responsibility is to make a decision when there is no clear-cut consensus. The most important thing I do is make sure that the values and camaraderie with our associates stay intact – like they were in the beginning.”

Please visit vgmgroup.com/van to view Van’s full memorial, service information, and to leave a personal condolence.

In the time moving forward, we will all continue to rely on the lessons Van taught us and the values he instilled in us as we serve our members, clients, partners, referral sources and patients whenever and wherever there is a need or an opportunity to make a positive impact.