Bemidji, MN (located in Northern, Minnesota) 1979 - Joe Arington was managing four small companies, all of which had common ownership. The companies included mobile Nuclear Medicine services, mobile Ultra Sound services, a mobile coach manufacturing company, and even a catalog sales company. The companies had clientele throughout Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.In 1981, the owners decided to split up the territory to be more successful in each of the market places. Mr. Arington took on Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. He started working with a hospital cooperative outside of Madison, Wisconsin to manage two CT systems in southern Wisconsin and southeast South Dakota. Constantly on the road between Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota, Mr. Arington started Shared Medical Services literally out of the back of his station wagon.