The Board of Certification/Accreditation honored its founder, Donald O. Fedder, DrPH, MPH, BSP, FAPhA, past leader James “Jim” Newberry Jr., BOCP, BOCO, BOCPD, and former staff member Debbie Stem Smith earlier this month at a celebratory open house ceremony for its new expanded office location in Owings Mills, Maryland.
“We appreciate everyone who visited BOC’s new location to celebrate our continued growth,” L. Bradley “Brad” Watson, BOCO, BOCP, LPO, chairman of the BOC board of directors, said in the release. “When we expanded our space, it was important to our entire team to reflect the heart of BOC in the organization’s new setting — its people. The special dedications for Dr. Fedder, Jim Newberry and Debbie Smith set the tone for BOC’s continued collaborative success moving forward.”
After founding the BOC, Fedder served as its first chief executive officer from 1984 through 2006. Prior to his death in 2010, BOC dedicated a prior office expansion to Fedder in recognition of his contributions. At the most recent open house, BOC dedicated another “Dr. Donald Fedder Suite” at its new location, which will focus on team collaboration, according to the release.
Newberry, who died in 2016, has previously been memorialized through the Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service, which recognizes individuals who provide exemplary service to BOC, those served by BOC, and those who embody the “superior example modeled by Newberry during his more than four decades in the field of orthotics and prosthetics,” the release stated. BOC’s new location now includes a dedicated area honoring Newberry, with a special plaque showcasing award recipients, including the inaugural recipient, Harry “JR” Brandt, BOCO, CO, LO.
The office’s new lobby has been dedicated to Smith, who died in September 2016 after a lengthy battle with cancer, according to BOC. Visitors are now greeted by a memorial and sunflowers, her favorite flower, the release stated.