No longer one-man show, Clark grows

Sunday, November 30, 2008

CATSKILL, N.Y.--Clark Respiratory and Medical Supply celebrated its 20th anniversary in September with a four-day “thank you” event for customers and referral sources.

The celebration kicked off Sept. 8 with a “Blood Pressure and PFT Day” and continued through the week with “Healthy Leg Day,” “Wheelchair Repair Day,” and “Women’s Health Day”-all open to the public. Clark Respiratory also invited 375 referral sources to a reception and vendor fair on Sept. 10.

Clark Respiratory was established in 1988 as a one-man operation in the home of Jim Clark, a hospital-based CRT, who wanted to improve patients’ quality of life at home.

“He was seeing patients go home from the hospital with equipment they didn’t know how to use and without a real understanding about their disease or how they would live at home with it,” said Courtney Clark, Jim’s daughter and the company’s marketing coordinator.

Now, Clark Respiratory has 28 employees, two retail stores with another on the way; three warehouses and a patient education center.

No longer just respiratory equipment, the company also offers a variety of sleep and HME products and services, including post-mastectomy prostheses, breast pumps and compression stockings, which are “historically difficult to get in our area,” said Courtney Clark.
Advocating on behalf of its patients is a company priority, she said.

“Most of our patients are elderly and they lack a voice,” she said. “We have to be the voice for them.”