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Big Sky Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers
Montana . Idaho . Wyoming
701.952.8180 • 506 2nd Ave. SW • Jamestown, ND 58401
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About Big Sky

In 1993, the Big Sky Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers (Big Sky AMES) was started as a way to protect the interests of independent medical equipment suppliers and promote the strictest standards of home medical care for Montana. In 1998 Big Sky AMES joined forces with the Idaho Association of Medical Equipment Suppliers, and in 2014 the state of Wyoming was inducted into the Big Sky Association.

By educating elected leaders and through legislative action, Big Sky AMES works to benefit patients and the independent medical equipment suppliers they trust for their home care equipment and services.

Our Mission

The mission of Big Sky AMES has four distinct parts:

  • Promote dependable, professional, and ethical provision of Home Medical Equipment & Services

  • Provide opportunity for discussion and lawful interchange of information regarding the HME Industry

  • Provide education through the dissemination of pertinent industry information

  • Provide members a legislative forum to work together for the benefit of the Industry, their patients and the public


Big Sky AMES members and our board of directors, help to shape our vision for the HME industry.

Become a member today!


Our board members bring years of experience in the home medical equipment and health care industries. Please contact them with any concerns or questions you have about Big Sky AMES.


  • President                     Eric Ecker, St. Vincent's Healthcare, Montana
  • Vice President             Brad Garpestad, Benefis, Montana
  • Treasurer                     Dedra Haworth, Harrington Surgical, Montana
  • Past President             Alesha Rate, Norco, Inc., Montana

Current Board LIst

  • Gary Rench                  SandCreek Medical, Idaho
  • Jennifer Morrisroe        Dillon Medical Supply, Montana
  • Jason Jackson             Cody Regional Health, Wyoming
  • Dallas Scott                  Partners in Home Care, Washington
  • Kurt Bywater                 Philips Respironics, Montana
  • John Gallagher             VGM Group
  • Kelly Grahovac             vanHalem Group
  • Pam Eaton                    Med Equip, LLC
  • Lori Arnold                    Cody Regional Health, Wyoming
  • Mike Calcaterra            Norco Medical, Idaho
  • Dan Harrington             Honorary Member, Montana
  • Barb Stockert               Executive Director

Big Sky Association State Chairs

  • Montana                        Alesha Rate, Norco, Inc.
  • Idaho                             Mike Calacaterra, Norco, Inc.
  • Wyoming                       Jason Jackson, Cody Regional Health



  • By-Law
  • Convention
  • Legislative
  • Membership
  • Nominating

Please contact the Big Sky Office at bigskyames@dakatel.com or 701-320-8656 if you are interested in joining one of these committees.