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We are excited to share that our newly formed Patient Advisory Council met for the second time today to provide input on our patient intake and clinical evaluation process. This critical feedback will be infused into our practice model to help support and drive the care we provide to our patients to better meet their expectations.

The Council consists of several patients and care givers from multiple Ability offices with differing pathologies, several practitioners and management team members. Ability strives to take all patients perspectives into consideration through our Patient Satisfaction Survey and direct feedback provided to our staff. We appreciate and thank this group for partnering with us and helping us advance care for the industry.

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 18th, 2017

Rockville Grand Opening

 

Rockville, MD — Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., specializing in providing artificial limbs and braces, had its Rockville, MD Patient Care Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 4.

 “We are thrilled to begin offering our patients in and around Rockville the convenience and specialized services and care that they deserve,” said Jeff Brandt, founder and chief executive officer of Ability.

The new location in Rockville is now one of ten locations that expand across Maryland, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Each location is designed to provide care to meet the needs of those who require prosthetic or orthotic services. Patients in Rockville will now have access to these services and, for some, a chance to get their life back.”I had black stumps and couldn’t turn over in bed because my feet were gone,” said Sherron Couldren, retired Montgomery County elementary school teacher and Ability patient.

About a year ago, Couldren developed a deadly blood infection called septicemia that nearly killed her. When she awoke in the hospital she was alive, but had lost all of her limbs and parts of her face and tongue. Thanks to Ability, Couldren is now receiving two bionic hands from Touch Bionics in Dayton, Ohio.

 “Time is very relevant,” said Couldren. “You never get it back. You have to keep pushing forward with the abilities that you have. You have to make a difference for the ones around you and the ones that you love.”

 The grand opening took place from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, for an opportunity for guests to tour the office and meet the staff at the new Rockville location. Dignitaries that attended the event include Dr. Carol Beatty, Secretary of Disabilities for the State of Maryland, Ken Reichard, congressional staffer assistant to Senator Cardin and Kevin D. Mack, co-district director representing John Delany, House of Representatives, US 6th District of MD.

 “This event is a celebration for not only our grand opening in Rockville,” said Brandt, “but a celebration of the opportunities we can present the people of Rockville.”

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.