Joe Lewarski knows how to keep a secret; Invacare reaches out to clinical and academic communities

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03/25/2010

I had a long conversation with Joe Lewarski yesterday on how important it is for respiratory therapists to titrate patients to their oxygen delivery equipment—both conservers and concentrators. We probably talked for 30 minutes and all during that time Joe never once hinted that he was in for a big and what sounds like an exciting promotion.

The news came out today. Invacare has promoted Joe from vice
president and category manager, respiratory, Invacare Homecare to vice president of clinical affairs.

Congratulations, Joe.

This is an interesting development. Invacare plans to grow its sales by having Joe, who has tons of clinical and business experience, work more closely with the  clinical and academic medical communities.

I'll have more news on this for our May issue, but meanwhile, here's the press release Invacare issued today.

ELYRIA,  Ohio  (March  25,  2010)  -  Invacare  Corporation  (NYSE: IVC)
announced  today  that Joseph Lewarski has been promoted to vice president,
clinical  affairs.  As  Invacare  starts  to  focus on its top line growth,
expanding  the  Company's  presence  in  the  clinical and academic medical
communities   is   an  important  part  of  the  strategy.  Lewarski's  new
responsibilities will include interfacing with leading clinicians, focusing
on  clinical  applications  during  new  product  development, coordinating
clinical  research  activities,  conducting  clinical  studies and actively
participating on clinical advisory boards.

"As  Invacare  looks  to  improve  the  clinical efficacy and scientific
foundation  of  our product offerings and to expand into new markets beyond
Invacare's  traditional  product  platforms,  such  as  therapeutic support
surfaces,  it  is  important  that we build a clinical expertise to help us
navigate  and grow in these areas. We are fortunate to be able to draw from
Joe's  clinical  and academic medical experience," said Lou Slangen, senior
vice president, global business development, Invacare Corporation.

Lewarski  has  been actively working in healthcare for over 25 years and
has  been a recognized leader in the home respiratory and medical equipment
provider  community  for nearly two decades. He is a registered respiratory
therapist  and  a  Fellow  of the American Association for Respiratory Care
(AARC)  and  has  served  in  numerous  management  and leadership roles in
hospital, long-term care and homecare settings. Lewarski has published over
two  dozen  scientific  and  research  papers  in  peer  review, as well as
numerous  articles,  white papers and health care industry commentaries. He
currently  serves  on  the  AARC  board  of  directors as vice president of
external  affairs  and  is  a  past  home care section chair.  In addition,
Lewarski  currently serves on the board of the National Home Oxygen Patient
Association  (NHOPA),  is an active member of the American College of Chest
Physicians  (ACCP) and is a former board member of the American Association
for Homecare (AAH).

Invacare  is  conducting  a  search  for  Lewarski's replacement as vice
president and category manager, respiratory, Invacare Homecare.

Mike Moran