People news: Merits Health, Philips Respiratory

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Cape Coral, Fla.-based Merits Health Products has promoted Kevin Liu to president and Chris Blackmore to vice president of sales and business development. Liu has helped the company launch two new divisions, Avid Rehab for complex rehab and Pilot for home accessibility. He has also helped the company open new distribution centers and increase internal operating efficiencies. For his part, Blackmore has helped Merits increase sales by 300% in the past three years… Brent Shafer, CEO of North America operations for the Netherlands-based Royal Philips, will become CEO of Cerner on Feb. 1, according to news reports. In 12 years at Philips North America, Shafer helped “a mature and heavily diversified company develop and strengthen its healthcare focus,” said Cerner’s interim CEO and chairman Cliff Illig. Cerner, based in Kansas City, provides health information technologies to more than 27,000 provider facilities worldwide.