PrimeFare East Sees Boost in First-Time Attendees

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This year's PrimeFare East Regional Scientific Symposium, held June 19-20 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed new faces to the meeting. According to organizers, about 60 percent of this year's attendees were practitioners who were first-time participants.

Ella Bilbrey

Attendees had the opportunity to earn continuing education units in four different tracks: 15 in prosthetics, 15 in orthotics, 15 in pedorthics, and 11.5 in administrative/management. The exhibit hall also offered opportunities for attendees to see new and familiar products up close.

A special feature this year was the Ride for Ella fundraiser, which PrimeFare Central and PrimeFare East supported. Three-year-old Ella Bilbrey lost part of her right foot in a lawn mower accident in 2014. Ella's father is a deputy sheriff in Sumner County, Tennessee, and her mother is a fire inspector for Gallatin, Tennessee. The fundraiser was initiated by the Gallatin chapter of the Roughnecks Motorcycle Club, made up of active and retired law enforcement and public safety personnel and their supporters. To date, over $8,000 has been raised, including proceeds from a crosscounty motorcycle ride and the funds garnered from the meeting.

Dates for PrimeFare East 2016 have not yet been determined.

Clockwise, from top: Ride for Ella fundraiser participants prepare to ride. Ella arrives at the fundraiser. Ride organizers Wes Martin, a detective with the Nashville Police Department, and wife Lana. Photographs courtesy of PrimeCare O&P Network