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Olympic Medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Chosen as Closing Speaker at Mediware Customer Conference

Never give up: A swimmer’s journey from the Olympics to a life-altering ATV accident

LENEXA, Kan., June 7, 2016  Mediware Information Systems, Inc. announces another guest speaker at its first combined customer conference. Hundreds of customers will convene in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 14-16, 2016, for product training, educational presentations, and a vendor fair featuring dozens of Mediware’s partners. Six-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will serve as the closing speaker on Friday, Sept. 16.

Van Dyken-Rouen’s session, “Don’t Let Anyone Tell You No,” will be presented to the nearly 900 customers, team members, and vendors attending the three-day event, located on the properties of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort and Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort. Van Dyken-Rouen will talk about how she has continually overcome obstacles in her life, from fighting asthma as a young child to later being told she would not make the Olympic team. But she never gave up on her dream, winning not one but six gold medals during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Van Dyken-Rouen would meet another trial in her life – this time out of the water. In June 2014, she was riding an ATV in the northern Arizona desert when she crashed. She woke up in a hospital to learn she had a major spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down. It was a major hurdle in life but one that she has taken on bravely; she recently posted a video that showed her walking for the first time in nearly two years.

Van Dyken-Rouen’s session is open to all conference attendees, but her journey will be especially inspiring to Mediware customers who work in the post-acute care spectrum.

“Amy’s perseverance, determination and drive is so impactful to those who experience similar trials in life. Her personal perspective will be an inspiration to all of us who attend, because many of our customers’ patients and consumers fight similar obstacles every day,” said Thomas Mann, Mediware’s president and CEO.

Registration is open for the event. For more information, including exhibitor opportunities, visit Mediware Customer Conference.

About Mediware
Since 1980, Mediware has provided software solutions to healthcare providers and has since expanded to serve many state and federal agencies. Mediware’s solutions are perfect for high-growth, complex patient care environments that remain underserved by existing vendors. The company employs more than 500 subject matter experts who deeply understand business and care processes in highly specialized acute, non-acute and community-based care settings and have years of experience integrating systems. Mediware’s portfolio of solutions currently includes human and social services, behavioral health, blood solutions, cellular therapy, home care, medication management, rehabilitation, and respiratory therapy. For more information about Mediware products and services, visit

Michelle Caldwell

Michelle is the Corporate Event Planner at Mediware. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, with an emphasis in Public Relations and Electronic Media from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

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