Ability in the Community
Our commitment to better health and wellness doesn’t end with our patients. Since 2004, we’ve been committed to serving our community through local partnerships, charitable support, and education.
See how we’ve made a difference in our community.
Ability Sponsors WellSpan Gettysburg Golf
Ability sponsored the annual WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament for the 12th year. Proceeds from the 2017 tournament supported the Prescription for Caring program in Adams County, which is designed to meet the needs of people who can’t afford the cost of their prescription medication. This year, Ability was fortunate to be able to gain support from manufactures and other agencies to become Corporate Sponsors.
Jeff Brandt, CPO, Testifies at Hearing for VA Specialized Services
Jeff Brandt, CPO, Ability’s founder and CEO was asked by the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) to provide expert testimony as the owner/operator of a practice that serves veterans in the VA hospital system. Because of Jeff’s testimony, AOPA was invited to submit recommendations that would include outcomes-based methods for how the VA might better coordinate care for veterans who receive prosthetic and orthotic care.
Cycle to the Sea
Jacob Townsend, CPO at our Asheville, North Carolina patient care center, and Jeff Quelet, CPO, our clinical management officer, completed the 180-mile Cycle to the Sea Myrtle Beach ride between April 6-8, 2017. This event raised funds and awareness for the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program (ASAP) at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Rehabilitation. Celebrating the 17th anniversary of Cycle to the Sea, riders on handcycles, tandem bikes, and road bikes finished an amazing ride. Ability has been a proud supporter of Cycle to the Sea for years and will continue to remain a committed sponsor.
Ability’s First Adaptive Yoga Clinic
Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics was proud to sponsor a free Adaptive Yoga & Mobility Clinic that was open to all patients and the public. We walked attendees through simple training exercises designed to improve balance, promote equal weight bearing through lower limbs, and develop core strength. A 45-minute yoga session followed, incorporating the essential elements for balance. And at the end, attendees left with an understanding of how each muscle functions, helping them build confidence and mobility with each step.
Ability Forms Patient Advisory Council
The primary objective of the Ability Patient and Family Advisory Council (APFAC) was to develop a truly unique and productive customer experience to fulfill Ability’s “Life Enhanced” promise. APFAC consists of nine Ability patients and two to four Ability staff members. Each council member serves a one-year term with the option to extend up to one additional year. Ed Nathan, a patient at Ability’s Exton, PA patient care center, will serve as the council’s first leader. He’s been an Ability patient for three years with a right, below-knee amputation. Now, he’s helping current and future patients lead the best lives they can.
Practitioners Give Back
Tyler Manee, CPO, and Tyler Dunham, CPO, traveled to Belize for one week to provide humanitarian prosthetic and orthotic care to individuals who would otherwise not have access to it. This is the fourth consecutive year that they have completed this service trip. They saw 79 O&P patients, performed 43 initial evaluations, made 17 new prostheses, and adjusted prostheses for numerous other patients. Ability donated material to help them offer reliable and comfortable prostheses.
Taffy Bowman, CPO, who works at Ability Exton (Pennsylvania), also spent a week on a medical/nutritional trip to Haiti with NorthPointe Community Church. Her team of volunteers focused on eradicating malnutrition through the provision of basic interventions. In just four days, the group saw 1,546 adults and children. Ability P&O donated medical supplies to the group.
Ability Joins Rally to Protect P&O Care
In August, practitioners and patients from Ability rallied with 100+ others outside the Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington DC. We protested proposed changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which would have impacted the availability of prosthetics to Medicare beneficiaries. In the words of Jeff Brandt, CPO, Ability’s CEO, this type of patient and practitioner involvement was “critically important in impacting deliberations on the proposed policy changes.
Ability P&O Presents Donations of Prostheses to Phillippines
Ability presented Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia with a shipment of used prosthetic limbs worth $750,000, helping underserved patients in the Phillipines. The limbs were distributed by Physicians for Peace, a Norfolk, Virginia-based international humanitarian organization that provides healthcare supplies and services to underserved populations. This is the third limb drive Ability has organized for this organization. In 2009, Ability donated nearly $1 million in used prosthetic limbs, and in 2010 we collected more than 100 limbs to benefit victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.