The Board of Certification/Accreditation has announced Harry “J.R.” Brandt, BOCO, CO, LO, as the inaugural recipient of its Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service, according to a press release.
Currently a pediatric practitioner and director of orthotics for Collier Orthotics and Prosthetics, Brandt has worked for more than 36 years in O&P. He began as an orthotic technician in 1981 at Metro Orthopedics, and spent more than 15 years as manager of the O&P department at Shriners Hospital for Children, according to the release.
At the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), Brandt is a former member and chairman of the board of directors.
“Brandt was instrumental in developing BOC’s accreditation process,” according to the release. “He also supervised BOC’s cadre of expert site surveyors, and served as a BOC representative to the O&P Alliance and as a test development volunteer. Throughout his career, Brandt has demonstrated expert knowledge of O&P, specifically of Medicare and other accreditation standards. He is well-known for providing outstanding service to his patients and extraordinary dedication to mentoring others in his field.”
BOC Board Chair L. Bradley “Brad” Watson, BOCO, BOCP, LPO said in the release that Brandt is a “highly respected practitioner and [O&P] advocate, and has played a significant role in BOC’s growth and success.”
“J.R.’s tireless dedication to the orthotic and prosthetic field, as well as to our mission to assure the competency, professionalism and safe practice environments of BOC credential-holders, made him an extremely deserving first winner of this prestigious award,” he said. “On behalf of the entire BOC board, we are delighted to have the opportunity to publicly recognize his decades of service to BOC and to the O&P profession.”
Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service is named for James Newberry Jr., BOCP, BOCO, BOCPD, a BOC board member who died in 2016. According to the BOC, it recognizes extraordinary service to the organization, its community of stakeholders and “those who live out the superior example modeled by Newberry during his more than four decades in the field of orthotics and prosthetics.”
“What an incredible honor,” Brandt said in the release. “Not only to receive such an award, but to have been so close to the namesake of the award. This is truly a special honor for me. BOC has been a large part of who I am since 1989 and to have known Jim since 1982 is even more special.”