News

May 23rd, 2017

AOPA Policy Forum

Jeff Brandt, Ability Founder, CEO &CPO recently had the opportunity, through the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), to provide expert testimony as the owner/operator of an O&P Practice that serves veterans of the VA Hospital System and speak on behalf of our professions’ patients’ good experiences as well as potential improvements to ensure the highest quality of care for veterans. As a result of the testimony, AOPA was invited to submit recommendations that would include outcomes-based methods/protocols for how the VA might better collaborate/coordinate care for amputees and brace wearers with community based providers to assure veterans get the right prosthesis/orthosis, not more or less than appropriate.

Jeff will be at the AOPA Policy Forum May 24th and 25th in Washington, DC to further educate and advance key legislative issues with members of Congress that affect Ability P&O patients. Much of the legislation offers common sense solutions that demonstrate how the P&O profession restores lives, mobility and independence- and puts people back to work. We wish all those attending Policy Forum the best of luck.

Brandt pictured with Representative Brad Wenstrup (R)-OH

Brandt pictured with Representative Brad Wenstrup (R)-OH

 

We sponsored the Michael’s Run for Trisomy 21 on Saturday, May 20th in support of our patient Michael. Michael came to Ability at a young age to receive a custom Cranial Remolding Helmet. Michael is now three and his family does an incredible job to support their son and other families that have a child with Trisomy 21. This event was established to raise awareness and knowledge about Down Syndrome. All proceeds from the race are donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Trisomy 21 program.

Taffy Bowmen, CPO at Ability Exton Patient Care Center made it a personal goal to attend Michael’s Run for Trisomy 21 this year and she had a wonderful time.

#trisomy21 #Philly #achieveability #raiseawareness #5K

 

May 3rd, 2017

Sled-A-Thon

We are proud to be a sponsor of the Hagerstown Kodiaks, a sled hockey team comprised of skilled players of all ages and physical challenges. Sled hockey is a team sport which allows individuals with disabilities and injuries to play a competitive sport on ice. This is the first program of its kind in the immediate 4-state region. The Kodiaks play at he Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex.

The sled hockey program received unrestricted grants equal $125,130 in 2016. That puts the foundation’s total at more than $1 million since the program’s inception 13 years ago.  These grant funds, accompanied by a very generous gift from an anonymous benefactor, provided the funds necessary to purchase ice sleds and equipment for all participants. http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/community-foundation-of-washington-county-reaches-m-mark-in-community/article_0103bbc8-ec9e-11e5-b04d-ab85e8b8ae03.html

 On Tuesday, May 2, the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex participated in the Washington County Gives annual fundraiser.  This day of giving helps local organizations achieve their goals. This year, the Hagerstown Kodiaks hosted a Sled-A-Thon, to help raise funds to support the team.

April 12th, 2017

Cycle to the Sea

Jacob Townsend, CPO at our Asheville, North Carolina patient care center and Jeff Quelet, Clinical Management Officer completed the 180 mile Cycle to the Sea Myrtle Beach ride (April 6-8, 2017). This event raises funds and awareness for the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program (ASAP) at Carolinas HealthCare System Carolinas Rehabilitation. Celebrating the 17th anniversary of Cycle to the Sea, riders on handcycles, tandem bikes, or road bikes finished this amazing ride. Congratulations to all! #cycletothesea

Ability has been a proud supporter of Cycle to the Sea for years and will continue to remain a committed sponsor.

 

April 2nd, 2017

Dash 4 Diabetes

Through the Diabetes Self-Management Program at the University of Pennsylvanias’ Chester County Hospital, Ability sponsored the annual Dash 4 Diabetes 5K, 2.5K Walk & Arthur Hall Insurance Kids Fun Run on April 1st in West Chester, PA. The Ability Team consisted of Exton, Pennsylvania patient care practitioners, corporate staff, friends and family. All proceeds from this event benefit diabetes education at Chester County Hospital.

April 1st, 2017

AOTA Conference

AOTA Annual Conference: Celebrating 100 Years

Ability exhibits with MyoMo at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Centennial in Philadelphia from March 30th through April 1st. Ability practitioners, Eric Shoemaker, Regional Director and CPO of the Mechanicsburg office, Ramen Landon, MPO, CTPO of the York office, Julie McCulley, MPO, MS, ATC/L of the Exton office, and Chad Stalter, MSPO, CFo of the Hanover office all attended the conference along with MyoMo.

Ability sponsors York, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapist to attend the full conference. OT’s received up to 24 continuing education contact hours (24 NBCOT PDUs/2.4 CEUs).

 

March 31st, 2017

Hagerstown CEU Seminar

Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. presented two evening CEU courses for Physical Therapists on March 30th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Meritus Medical Center. The courses featured an Outcomes-Based Protocols for Prosthetics presented by Chris DiGioia, CP, CFo, at our Hagerstown Patient Care Center. The second CEU Course was on Ankle Foot Orthosis Design and Function for Ambulation presented by Tyler Cook, CPO at our Hagerstown Patient Care Center. Tyler has recently joined the team and made some great exposure to the PT community during this course.

Each of the courses has been approved for 0.1 CEU credits by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for a total of 0.2 CEU’s for the evening. We have several approved CEU Courses for PT’s and OT’s that will specialize in the highest technology in prosthetic care, as well as courses in treating lower and upper prosthetic and orthotic patients to improve outcomes and give each patient the best quality of care.

We had a great evening meeting new therapists and seeing familiar faces. Ability offers CEU courses in each of its 10 patient care centers in Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina. Contact your local office to learn about our upcoming events or to request a CEU Seminar at your therapy facility.

March 30th, 2017

OrthoCarolina Journal Club

Ability Hosts OrthoCarolina Journal Club

Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics hosted the March OrthoCarolina Journal Club dinner meeting for physicians. Jeffrey Brandt, CPO, CEO and founder of Ability; Brian Kaluf, CP, clinical outcome and research director at Ability; and Tyler Dunham, CPO, of Ability’s Charlotte, North Carolina, patient care center presented about prosthetic and orthotic care at this meeting. This was a great opportunity for our team to raise awareness about the importance of comprehensive O&P care to doctors at one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices.

 

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) has invited Ability to present three research abstracts at AAPM&R’ s Annual Assembly held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO from October 12-15, 2017. Jeffrey Brandt, Founder, CEO, CPO, Brian Kaluf, Clinical Outcome and Research Director and the rest of the team have worked very hard on these posters. We look forward to attend this even and present Ability’s latest research. #AAPMR2017

Poster Presentations:

    1. Evaluating Amputee Mobility with AMPPRO and PEQ-MS: A 4.5 Year Retrospective Chart Review

           General Rehabilitation Poster Hall

           10/13/2017 – 10/14/2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    2. Comparative Effectiveness of Microprocessor Controlled and Carbon Fiber Energy Storing and Returning Prosthetic Feet in Persons with Unilateral Transtibial Amputation: Pilot Study

           General Rehabilitation Poster Hall
           Improving Outcomes for the Lower Limb Amputee Free Paper Session

           Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM – Noon

    3. Case Report on the use of Bilateral Myoelectric Elbow-Wrist-Hand Orthoses for the Remediation of Upper Extremity Paresis following a Spinal Cord Injury: Marlies Cabell, CPO

          General Rehabilitation Poster Hall

          10/13/2017 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.