Harry “JR” Brandt, BOCO, CO, LO, received the inaugural Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service from the Board of Certification/Accreditation at the opening ceremony of American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association World Congress in Las Vegas.
The award was presented by L. Bradley “Brad” Watson, BOCO, BOCP, LPO, Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) board chair.
“It was an incredible honor not only to be the recipient of the inaugural Newberry Award but to receive it at such a wonderful and prestigious event, all while sharing the stage with so many distinguished colleagues,” Brandt said in a press release from BOC.
Brandt’s O&P career has spanned more than 36 years, beginning as an orthotic technician in 1981 at Metro Orthopedics of Landover Hills, Maryland. He most recently served as a pediatric practitioner and director of orthotics for California-based Collier Orthotics and Prosthetics. He spent more than 15 years as manager of the orthotics and prosthetics department at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, California.
The award is named after BOC board member and leader James Newberry Jr., BOCP, BOCO, BOCPD, and recognizes “outstanding individuals who perform extraordinary service to BOC, the community of stakeholders BOC serves and those who live out the superior example modeled by Newberry during his more than 4 decades in the field of orthotics and prosthetics,” according to the release.
“JR is an extremely deserving first winner of this prestigious award,” Watson said in the release. “Since 1989, Brandt has dedicated countless hours volunteering for BOC. A former member and chairman of BOC’s board of directors, Brandt was instrumental in developing BOC’s accreditation process. He also supervised BOC’s cadre of expert site surveyors and served as BOC representative to the O&P Alliance as a test development volunteer. Throughout his career, Brand has demonstrated expert knowledge of O&P, specifically of Medicare and other accreditation standards.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to honor JR’s decades of commitment to BOC and the orthotic and prosthetic field,” Claudia Zacharias, BOC president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “I’d like to thank [American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association] AOPA for making the presentation of the Jim Newberry Award such a special and memorable event.”