AAHomecare Appoints New President and CEO

The American Association for Homecare announced yesterday that Thomas H. Ryan will join the advocacy organization in September as president and chief executive officer. 

In March of this year, AAHomecare announced that Tyler J. Wilson, president and CEO since 2006, would be leaving the organization in September 2013 and that his replacement was “to be determined.” 

Over the next month before Ryan takes office, he and Wilson will work collaboratively to effect a smooth transition. 

As president and CEO, Ryan will be responsible for executing the Association’s strategic plan and leading the Association’s legislative advocacy, membership development and regulatory affairs initiatives in conjunction with the Washington, D.C.-based staff and the Association’s Board of Directors.

Ryan comes from 30 years of experience in the home respiratory and medical equipment business, starting as a respiratory therapist. 

He has spent the last 25 years as the president and CEO of Homecare Concepts Inc., a company he founded that provides home oxygen therapy, sleep apnea therapy and traditional durable medical equipment based in Farmingdale, N.Y.

From 2005 through 2007, Ryan served AAHomecare as chairman of the Board after fulfilling various roles on the Executive Committee for nine years. 

During that part of the time, Ryan served briefly as acting president and CEO of the Association while a replacement was recruited. 

His past roles on the Board include treasurer, chair of the Legislative Committee and serving as a member of the Home Medical Equipment/Respiratory Therapy Council.

As Ryan assumes his new role at AAHomecare, his business partners Frank Brown will assume the role of president and CEO of Homecare Concepts. 

“My goal is to be a collaborative bridge builder with all of the various stakeholders involved in this health care sector—from providers to Congress to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—and to be a passionate voice for the industry, not just in Washington, but across the country where our members and our state association leaders live and work,” Ryan said.

Written by Jason Oliva