USHCC Congratulates Respira, Inc. on Department of Defense Contract

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) congratulates Respira, Inc., one of the nation's fastest growing providers of clinical respiratory services, for being awarded a $10 Million contract through the Department of Defense (DOD) United States Army Medical Command. The five year DOD contract will support the Sleep Disorder Clinic at Walter Reed National Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. Y. Maria Martinez, Founder & CEO of Respira Inc, is a member of the USHCC Board of Directors.

Founded in 2001, Respira, Inc. is a $10 million respiratory, sleep medicine, and home medical equipment company that serves as one of the largest providers of its kind. With over 60,000 patients worldwide, Respira delivers streamlined, effective, custom treatment programs that provide patients with the best results. As part of the performance triad by Army Surgeon General, Respira will serve to improve the health, readiness, and resilience for United States military personnel.

"The USHCC is thrilled to see Maria leading the charge in the success of Respira as the company grows on a global scale, across the private and public sectors. As a trailblazing Latina business owner, compassionately dedicated to our citizens' health, Maria has been a remarkable leader for her company and example for our country," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "We are proud to see a member of our Board of Directors positively impacting Army medicine and redefining our nation's clinical care."

In the first award of its kind by the DOD, Respira Inc. will provide high quality medical care to the Armed Forces through specially designed compliance programs, innovative positive airway pressure devices (CPAP), respiratory therapy, and clinical research in the area of sleep medicine. In addition, Respira will support the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training program, a one-year training opportunity for Army, Navy, and Air Force Medical Corps who have completed their residency in internal medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, Family Medicine or Psychiatry.

About Respira

Respira Medical, a division of Respira, Inc., is a respiratory, sleep medicine and durable medical equipment company founded in the spring of 2001. Today, Respira, Inc. is a $10 million company that is becoming one of the largest providers of clinical respiratory services, sleep medicine and home medical equipment within the Mid-Atlantic Region. Respira is a company dedicated to ensuring effective treatment for individuals requiring custom tailored programs, serving over 60,000 patients.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.

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CONTACT: Ammar Campa-Najjar Associate Director of Communications 619-721-5148Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce