For the second year in a row, The Amputee and Prosthetic Center (TAPC) has been named #1 on the Houston’s Best Places to Work list. Its parent company, TMC Orthopedic, ranked second.
At the awards ceremony on June 24 at the Hilton Americas, TAPC’s founder and chief executive officer, Joe Sansone, said he was surprised by his company’s 2-year achievement.
“It’s so meaningful to receive this award, above so many others, because this honor illustrates that our company’s commitment to our employees has indeed been recognized,” he said in a news release. “To think that, of all the businesses in Houston, my two companies are the best to work for, couldn’t make me prouder.”
A subsidiary of TMC Orthopedic, TAPC was created in 2004 as a response to several amputees’ objections that their needs were not being met by prosthetic providers. Sansone’s initiatives, coupled with the skills of Ben Falls, chief prosthetist, thrust the company into the national spotlight as they were highlighted on the covers of periodicals, dozens of television news stories, and by the Associated Press across the country. Sansone was recognized by the Amputee Coalition of America as its Professional of the Year in 2008.
“I am so pleased with this distinction, because it illustrates what TAPC is all about: take care of the patients and they will take care of you. Take care of your employees and they will take care of you,” Sansone said. “Without our fantastic team members and their commitment to the company and their patients, we would be nowhere.”
The number of TAPC’s new patients has escalated, and as a result, the company has grown from two employees to more than 25.
Scoring for these awards was based on employee responses to an anonymous online survey, and those scores are compared with all applicants to determine ranking.
“There’s no greater gift employees can give management than to let the world know they think their company is the best place to work,” Sansone said.