Invacare restructures to increase efficiency

Sunday, January 7, 2007

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare plans to restructure its North American HME business into a more cost-effective and efficient operation, the company announced Friday. The company's rehab, respiratory, standard HME and sleep product divisions will be reorganized into an umbrella organization called the HME Group.

"Invacare is no different than the provider world," said Lou Slangen, senior vice of worldwide market development. "In the world of lower reimbursement, we have to come up with the most cost-effective and most agile set-up to operate in the marketplace, and that is what we are doing."

Carl Will has been appointed group vice president, HME Group. Previously, he oversaw Invacare's institutional and standard products. He will report to Gerry Blouch, president and COO.

Among those reporting to Will: Mark Sullivan, vice president and category manager, rehab products; Judy Kovacs, vice president and category manager, standard and homecare products; and John Ledek, vice president and category manager, respiratory products.

Ann MacGregor, former vice president and category manager, sleep products, will be leaving Invacare to explore other opportunities. All sleep product activities will be consolidated within the respiratory products division, led by Ledek.

"The HME Group proved to be a cost-effective and efficient business model, and at a time when the industry continues to change and evolve, it was important for Invacare to return to this structure," Blouch said.