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June 21, 2017

26th ANNUAL IOWA AMPUTEE GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD JULY 14-16

The Iowa Amputee Golf Association’s (IAGA) 26th annual golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 14, to Sunday, July 16, at the Willow Creek Golf Course, 140 Army Post Road, West Des Moines. Friday’s events begin at noon; Saturday’s and Sunday’s events begin at 8 a.m. American Prosthetics & Orthotics is sponsoring the event for the 22nd consecutive year.

“We’re proud to have such a long partnership with the IAGA as a tournament sponsor,” said Rod Cheney, CPO, LPO, and executive vice president of APO. “The IAGA’s longevity is a testament that golf can be enjoyed by people of all abilities.”

A four-person, best-shot scramble competition, which is open to the public, is set for Friday via shotgun start; scores will be compiled on a scratch basis. Following the scramble, participants are invited to attend an awards ceremony and door prize drawings at the Willow Creek Clubhouse. As in past years, the competition raises scholarship funds for Iowa amputees, as well as immediate family members of amputees.

Amputee golfers of all abilities will compete in one of several flights on Saturday. On Sunday, golfers will be paired according to their previous day’s score. Trophies will be awarded for first through third place in each division. The tournament winner will be the person with the lowest two-day score in any division.

“Every year we are treated to outstanding golf,” said Mary Stark, IAGA board member. “The IAGA golf tournament demonstrates that amputation doesn’t have to diminish the quality of life, achievement, or participation,” Stark said. “Anything is possible.”

Registration and more details can be found at www.iowaamputeegolf.com.

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May 24, 2017

My Winning MomentSubmit a photo or video that captures your Winning Moment

We all have them. Winning moments! Now through June 30th, all of our prosthetic clients are invited to enter Össur‘s #MyWinningMoment contest. It is a way to celebrate the joy of independence and a sense of achievement. This year, the contest runs through to June 30th. If you are living with either upper- or lower-limb difference, we can’t wait to see your photos.

Submit a photo or video that captures your #MyWinningMoment before June 30th, 2017 for a chance to win a trip to Iceland. Go to www.mywinningmoment.com Make sure you include American Prosthetics & Orthotics in your entry and good luck!

March 23, 2017

LuAnn Kleemeyer, patient of Jeff Palmer, CPO, LPO, is headed to D.C. to advocate for amputees.

Winter 2017

Our Iowa City office is proud to have been able to donate a variety of previously used parts, prosthetics, and supplies as well as new footwear to the Keep Walking Association (KWA), an organization helping O&P patients in Dominica, Jungle Bay, West Indies.

Jeff Palmer, CPO, LPO, Branch Manager/Director of Operations and his Iowa team, became aware of the need for donations from a clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Jeanine Abrons.

Dr. Abrons has worked with the underserved in Dominica for nine years and became acquainted with KWA founder, Marc Helie. An amputee himself, Marc saw the need for helping the disabled in Dominica who did not have access to O&P care. In partnership with a French firm, Orthopedics Bontoux Avignon, he developed the program of refurbishing prosthetic legs and components to benefit patients in Dominica; however, their resources are limited.

Dr. Abrons reached out to APO for help and boxes of donations have made their way to Dominica. She tells Jeff that she has heard from many very appreciative people from Dominica, who are sharing smiles and stories.

January 31, 2017

Check out APO prosthetist Nick Ackerman and his patient in this feature on WHO-TV.

Winter 2017

Great article by Don Shurr, CPO, LPO, PT, American Prosthetics & Orthotics Director of Education and Director of Special Projects, on the “Benefits of Completing a Residency With a Private O&P Company Located Within a Teaching Hospital” published in American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists Academy TODAY, Winter 2017.