In brief: DeVilbiss: 'Positioned to build'

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SOMERSET, Pa. - DeVilbiss Healthcare has charged a new senior management team with accelerating the growth of its line of respiratory products. DeVilbiss announced last week that it has appointed Alan Panzer president and CEO; Joseph Howard vice president of marketing; Erika Laskey, vice president of sales, North America; Michael Panian, vice president/general counsel; Michael Blatzer, vice president of logistics; and Alan Doty, vice president of manufacturing. "With the success of Devilbiss' IntelliPAP sleep therapy product line and upcoming introduction of new ambulatory oxygen therapy lines, DeVilbiss is positioned to build on its legacy of quality, service and innovation to drive global growth in the respiratory therapy market," the manufacturer stated in a release. The new senior management team will join long-time CFO Larry Price and newly promoted Director of Research & Development Allan Jones.

GF: "Domestic manufacturing has helped us meet needs'

ATLANTA - Playing off a song made famous by Chuck Berry, Graham-Field (GF) launched its "Back in the USA Strategic Initiative" on July 7. As part of the initiative, GF has moved select manufacturing back to the United States. "Our customers are looking for unique products, greater flexibility relative to product features and more efficient logistics," stated Lawrence de la Haba, senior vice president of business development, in a release, the first of a three-part series. "Domestic manufacturing allows us to meet these needs." GF's Patriotic Homecare Bed is the first product line manufactured under the initiative. The bed integrates headboards and footboards manufactured overseas with sleep surfaces manufactured at GF's Fond-du-Lac, Wis., facility.

Providers not alone in Lone Star state

DUNCANVILLE, Texas - Another association seeks to add its voice to the growing clamor of provider representation. The non-profit Texas Alliance of Home Care Services (TAHCS) last week sent its first e-mail newsletter outlining its mission, including providing industry education and service; monitoring and participating in state legislative affairs; and engaging the state on regulatory and reimbursement issues. Providers in Texas are also represented by the Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (MESA) and the Greater Texas Rehab Council.

Sleep program gets OK

RALEIGH, N.C. - Oklahoma recently passed a bill requiring sleep facilities and physicians to be certified or accredited in order to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. The state has recognized ACHC as an approved accreditor. ACHC launched its new sleep lab accreditation program this spring.