M.A.S.H. marks 30 years in Alabaster

Published 4:11 pm Monday, August 16, 2010

(L-R) M.A.S.H. employees Dale Sprayberry, Karla Ellison, Josh Lavergne, Sharon Dupriast, Jonathan Sims and Jake Ellis recently celebrated their first day of business in the store's new showroom.

An Alabaster business mainstay recently celebrated 30 years of service by unveiling its new, larger showroom in one of the city’s highest-traffic areas.

M.A.S.H., which stands for Medical Accessories and Supply Headquarters, held its first day of business in its new medical supplies showroom Aug. 16.

Store owners recently moved into a former Allstate insurance building a few feet in front of the business’s former showroom near Shelby Baptist Medical Center on U.S. 31.

Because the store offers hundreds of items from sports braces to custom scrubs and stethoscopes for nurses and doctors, the extra space will help the store better display its offerings, said M.A.S.H. Vice President Terry Hockaday.

“We are very proud of our new showroom, because we are able to offer such a wide array of products. We wanted to try to give the community something nicer than what we had,” Hockaday said. “We used to have everything here in our old building, but we started to see that we needed to provide a little bigger, better showroom.”

The walls of the new building are lined with bathroom and shower safety devices, hot and cold packs, many different colors of scrubs, emergency medical technician supplies, wheelchairs, portable oxygen tanks and more.

Store officials have also set up a mock bedroom, complete with a hospital bed, rolling tray and other equipment commonly used by those with special medical needs.

“We wanted to show people what a typical bedroom setup would look like, especially if they are helping to care for an older relative or someone recovering from surgery,” Hockaday said. “There’s really nothing, as far as medical supplies, that we don’t have in this store.”

Because the Alabaster store has been open since 1980, it has developed a close relationship with the nearby Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Hockaday said.

“We actually just started selling scrubs here, because we had so many requests from the local nurses and health care providers,” Hockaday said. “We also have EMT supplies and stethoscopes that we offer to our health care professionals.”

Hockaday said the company has been operating in Alabaster for three decades because of the employees’ hard work and the knowledge of the products they sell.

“There’s really no telling how many years of experience we have here right now,” Hockaday said. “We really have a wonderful staff here, and I love working with all of them.”