VitalAire wins 5-year contracts to become primary provider of oxygen services to home oxygen patients in mainland BC



    The world leader in home oxygen products and services strengthens its
    presence across Canada

    KELOWNA, BC, Aug. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - VitalAire, a subsidiary of Air
Liquide, is proud to announce their selection by the British Columbia mainland
Regional Health Authorities, to become the primary provider of home oxygen
services for the next 5 years. With this contract, VitalAire and its 12 BC
offices, solidifies its presence across Canada as a leader in home respiratory
services.
    "This award confirms the quality of our services and the value of
VitalAire's proprietary innovations in the management of Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Over the next six months, our priority for our
clinical team will be the seamless transition and continuity of care for the
5,400 patients," underlined John Hunter, Vice President, Homecare Marketing,
Sales & Business Development. "Patients will receive training on VitalAire's
home oxygen medical devices before the previous homecare providers' equipment
is removed from their homes."
    Home oxygen therapy is often required for severe COPD. The use of
supplemental oxygen, including portability options, allows these patients to
increase daily activities and slow the deterioration of their condition. The
contract, awarded by the mainland Regional Health Authorities of BC following
a formal tender process, is in effect since July 1st and gives VitalAire the
opportunity to expand its respiratory services including home oxygen and CPAP
programs throughout the province.
    Research findings released last November by The Canadian Lung Association
demonstrate that as many as three million Canadians may have COPD, Canada's
fourth leading cause of death. Furthermore, doctors project that COPD will be
the third leading cause of death around the world (and in Canada) by the year
2020.

    About VitalAire

    VitalAire has provided home oxygen and respiratory care programs for 39
years in Canada. With its Canadian head office in Mississauga, Ontario,
VitalAire is part of Air Liquide Healthcare/Sante International and their
services are provided through 75 clinics across Canada by over 150 Respiratory
Therapists and Nurses. A world leader with national accreditation by
Accreditation Canada (formerly the CCHSA) ensures professional and quality
services.




For further information:

For further information: Hélène Tomlinson, Tomlinson & Associates,
Office: 1 800-561-6074, h.tomlinson@petcommunication.ca; Source: John Hunter,
VitalAire Canada Inc., Office: (905) 855 0414, ext. 1260, Mobile: (416) 346
7695

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