Respira expands geographic, product reach

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LINTHICUM, Md. – Respira has acquired Respiratory Therapy Associates of PA, expanding its reach in the mid-Atlantic region. Respiratory Therapy Associates services Pennsylvania and Delaware. The acquisition also allows Respira, primarily a sleep and respiratory therapy company, to expand into long-term care, ventilation and hospice care. “At the end of the day, RTA and Respira are two small companies that started from scratch and are figuring out how to adapt to his every-changing DME industry while staying true to their founding philosophies,” stated John Welch, Respira’s president and COO, in the release. Respiratory Therapy Associates is now part of a Respira umbrella that includes Respira Medical, which provides sleep, respiratory and HME services to civilians; Respira Medical Military, which provides care to the Armed Forces and Department of Defense; and Respira Technical Services, which develops and manages safety and health planning for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves for the Department of Energy. Chuck Ciccone, the president of Respiratory Therapy Associates, is now vice president of Respira. The acquisition increases Respira’s employee rolls from 60 to about 100.