Mr. Vukelich has overseen a team of state contract lobbyists and has beaten back every legislative attempt brought by some in the original equipment manufacturing industry aimed at reprocessing to date. Mr. Vukelich also has represents the device reprocessing industry before state regulatory agencies and international bodies (including Canada, the European Union, Japan and others).
In 2000, the nation’s third-party reprocessing industry saved U.S. hospitals $20 million in device acquisition costs. Today, AMDR’s members save U.S. hospitals over $300 million a year in device acquisition and disposal costs. AMDR’s members now also serve a majority of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals, as listed by U.S. News & World Report and a majority of German academic medical centers.
With over 17 years experience working on medical device reprocessing issues, Mr. Vukelich is intimately familiar with the legal, regulatory, public relations and political issues surrounding the reprocessing industry. Prior to joining AMDR, Mr. Vukelich gained experience working for a non-profit citizens’ advocacy group and worked on a U.S. Senate campaign. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the American Society of Association Executives, among other groups, and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through ASAE, and a former National Debate champion (1996). Mr. Vukelich received a B.A. in Political Science and Public Communication with Pi Sigma Alpha honors from the American University in Washington, DC and his Juris Doctor degree from the American University’s Washington College of Law. He is a native of Minneapolis and a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars.
Mr. Weeda’s law firm has provided counsel to AMDR since its inception in the late 1990s.