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