Noteworthy Liko Forms Home Care Division: Liko of Franklin, Mass., a company that manufactures patient lifts and accessories, this month announced the


Liko Forms Home Care Division: Liko of Franklin, Mass., a
company that manufactures patient lifts and accessories, this month
announced the formation of a home care division. “During the
last 12 months, more people have begun buying our lifts and
accessories for home care purposes,” said Hans Sigvardsson,
the company's president. “Our new home care division will
focus on the unique needs of this growing market segment and
accelerate the application of Liko products in the residential

American Homecare Supply Changes Its Name: In May, the
Conshohocken, Pa., home office of American Homecare Supply
announced that it would change its name to Air Products Healthcare,
to reflect an October 2002 merger with Air Products. “Doing
business as Air Products Healthcare … enhances our access to
the company's leading-edge health care technologies,” said
Bob Cucuel, former chief executive officer of AHS, and current CEO
and president of Air Products Healthcare.

Apothecary Products Acquires Ear-Care Products Maker:
Apothecary Products, Burnesville, Minn., a manufacturer of medical
compliance and first-aid products, has acquired Flents Products, a
maker of ear-care products in New York. Specific terms of the deal
were not disclosed.

Japan Wins Invacare World Team Cup: Invacare's annual
World Team Cup for tennis players in wheelchairs took place June 9
through 15 in Sopot, Poland. For the first time ever, the Japanese
men's team won the title, defeating traditional favorites such as
the Dutch and American teams.

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Pride Receives NEMED Award: The New Bedford, Mass.-based
New England Medical Equipment Dealers association has given its
annual Vendor of the Year Award to Pride Mobility Products, Exeter,
Pa. “Pride has been instrumental in supporting New England's
state Medicaid and regulatory issues, and this is one way for NEMED
to show our appreciation for all that Pride does,” said Karyn
Estrella, the association's executive director.

In other Pride news, the Paralyzed Veterans of America
recognized the company for supporting the organization's
upper-extremity preservation clinical practice guideline. “We
are thrilled with Pride Mobility's support,” said PVA
President Joseph Fox.

Schwartz Receives Honorary Degree: Richard Schwartz,
chief executive officer of Teaneck, N.J.-based Apex Foot
Industries, received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from
the New York College of Podiatric Medicine June 9.

He was presented with the award for his continuous contributions
to pedorthics, medical education and business leadership.

Apex Foot Health manufactures orthotics, insoles, therapeutic
and comfort shoes, and other products that help prevent and treat
foot problems. In 37 years at the company, Schwartz has been
instrumental in the development of products and educational
programs for orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists and pedorthists, Apex

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