Joe Lewarski joins Invacare as vice president

Sunday, July 22, 2007

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare added a big gun to its executive ranks last week, when Joe Lewarski joined the company as vice president, respiratory products group.

In his new post, Lewarski will oversee Invacare's respiratory and sleep related activities, including new product development, business development, and sales and marketing programs.

Lewarski is one of the industry's highest profile respiratory experts; he's regularly featured as a speaker at different HME events. Lewarski has served in numerous management and leadership roles in both acute care and alternate healthcare settings, shifting to home care in 1991. Prior to joining Invacare he worked as vice president of clinical and government affairs for Inogen, which manufactures a portable oxygen concentrator.

Additionally, Lewarski is a former partner and president/CEO of a large, independent home medical equipment and pharmacy operation based in Ohio, which was acquired by Omnicare. Following the acquisition, he served six years as the subsidiary president until leaving to join Inogen in late 2004.

Lewarski has published more than two dozen scientific and research papers in peer review, primarily in the areas of oxygen technology and home ventilation, as well as numerous articles, white papers and healthcare industry commentaries. He has co-developed a number of medical devices, including a nasal CPAP humidifier and oxygen-conserving device and has served as a consultant on respiratory product development and marketing to a number of medical device manufacturers.

"We are happy to have Joe join the Invacare team," said Carl Will, group vice president, home medical equipment division. "Joe's strong business and clinical experience will make him an asset to growing our respiratory business. He will drive the continued development of our key products, including the HomeFill Oxygen System and Invacare's oxygen concentrators. He also will be responsible for identifying new areas of growth in the sleep and international businesses."