Essentially Women Ruth Addison Award of Excellence

2021 Ruth Addison Award of Excellence 

Congratulations to this year's award winner, Sharie Conard!



This year's finalists were Ulrike Entwistle, Rebecca Whitehill, and Sharie Conard! Congratulations all!

Essentially Women is proud to sponsor the Ruth Addison Award of Excellence. Now in its second year, Essentially Women presents this award each year to an individual who has made a significant impact within her company, her community, and the women’s health industry. Nominees can be women’s health providers, mastectomy fitters, manufacturers, and other professionals in the women’s health industry. Nominations will be open to all women, regardless of title or position, who work within the women’s health or mastectomy industry.

Essentially Women has named our annual award after Miss Ruth Addison because of her tremendous impact on the development of the mastectomy fitter role within the industry and her dedicated work to develop the post-mastectomy profession. After working in an orthotics and prosthetics company for 14 years, she opened her own boutique in 1982 to fit women with breast forms. No one else in her area was selling breast forms at that time. She wanted to create a bright, cheery atmosphere because she knew how hard it was for women to come to a store like hers. She has allowed many women to train at her boutique to meet the hands-on training requirements to become a certified mastectomy fitter and has gone toe-to-toe with payers to advocate for proper reimbursement, including increasing the number of mastectomy bras allowed per year. Miss Ruth was one of the original board members of Women's Healthcare Education, which became Essentially Women. She also helped write the Medicare standards for ACHC and traveled the U.S. performing site accreditation surveys. Miss Ruth still works every day at her boutique in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She exemplifies quality and leadership in the mastectomy fitter profession.

Past Winners

EW Ruth Addison Award of Excellence 2020
2020 Award Winner: Miss Ruth Addison




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