In 2005 Al Smeal went to work for Health Facilities Planning Agency (HFPA) on the Bassett Army Community Hospital Replacement Project in Fort Wainwright, AK. From 2005, till 2013 he worked as a contractor supporting Army hospital construction projects as a Biomedical Equipment Technician, Logistics Manager, and Regional Equipment Planner supporting projects in Alaska, Virginia, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Washington, and Texas with equipment budgets exceeding a combined $400,000,000.
In 2009 Jonathan Branch retired from the Army as a Medical Services Corp Logistics and Acquisition Officer and joined the regional office, as a contractor, for Health Facilities Planning Agency (HFPA), Western Region, supporting Army medical construction projects in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Washington, and Texas. As the regional logistics manager, Jonathan was responsible for combined equipment budgets exceeding a combined $200,000,000.
In 2013, while working on a Department of Defense project together the Strategic Medical Equipment Solutions (SME Solutions) founders, Jonathan Branch and Al Smeal, identified that there was a significant gap in the equipment planning and logistics for major projects supporting Army projects that were causing significant delays in the outfitting and closeout activities of the projects.
In order to establish a company that could help provide equipment and logistics solutions the SME Solutions founders developed a business plan, identified the core competencies of the company, and identified our customers. In the summer of 2014 the company, Strategic Medical Equipment Solutions (SME Solutions), LLC was formed as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) to support our core competency of providing medical equipment planning and project logistics requirements.
Today, SME Solutions still focuses on our core competencies of Equipment Planning, Interior Design, IT Planning, and Logistics. We have worked to develop strategic relationships with other companies that specialize in Medical Transition and Activation to be able to bid on a number of Initial Outfitting, Transition, and Activation (IOT&A) projects.
Our team of equipment planners, IT planners, logistics managers, and project managers is primarily built up of military veterans with medical backgrounds and was developed by identifying those key individuals who succeeded in the medical project environment. Combined our staff have successfully supported projects from Washington, D.C. to Fairbanks Alaska with project scopes ranging from small physical therapy facility renovations to major medical centers.
With our team of self-motivated subject matter experts, we believe we are well positioned to support our current responsibilities and continue to grow over the next five years to support projects in the VA and DoD sectors.