New access point medical roster reads like a Who's Who list... From 1996

Sunday, August 28, 2005

ST. LOUIS -- A "super group" of HME industry veterans has launched a new manufacturing company, Access Point Medical, that has read -- if not authored -- some of the industry's most interesting playbooks and is stealing pages from others.

The company's roster reads like a Who's Who list of industry players. One co-chairman is Jerry Jones, who engineered the formation of Apria in 1995. The other co-chair is Tom O'Donnell, the longtime president of Sunrise Medical's North American operations.

Hans Stover, who used to head up Puritan Bennett's home care division, is CEO. And Rick Davis, who was a product development engineer at PB, is APM's vice president of sales and marketing.

The company, which just launched its second month of sales, has emerged from the gate with three manufacturing facilities in China and three more coming on line in the next six months.

"APM is implementing a strategy of providing high-quality products at lower costs by controlling its own global manufacturing facilities," APM stated in a press release last week.

APM's initial product offering of ambulatory, bath safety and mobility products includes canes, walkers, commodes, shower chairs, transport wheelchairs and standard wheelchairs. The company plans to introduce power-mobility equipment and respiratory products by the end of 2005.