Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting
With the theme "Empower Together," more than 1,100 employees from Hanger, Austin, Texas, convened in Las Vegas for the company's annual Education Fair and National Meeting, January 30 through February 3. The conference provided continuing education about the latest O&P and therapeutic solutions, as well as a platform to recognize employees' achievements, examine company strategy, and discuss how best to empower patients and customers in the changing healthcare landscape.
The opening ceremony, held January 31, highlighted nine Hanger Clinic patients, who helped kick off the event. They shared their stories and the unique talents O&P care has enabled them to pursue, including golfing, DJing, practicing CrossFit, and even firefighting. O&P patients and other members of the limb-loss community attended the event in many other roles as well, acting as exhibitor representatives, patient models, and speakers. Hanger Clinic patient AJ Montgomery addressed the crowd at the February 2 Hanger Clinic Dinner and Awards Ceremony, sharing his personal story of overcoming limb loss to become a performer in a renowned Las Vegas show.
With more than 115 exhibits and over 370 exhibitor representatives, the Education Fair was packed with manufacturers demonstrating the latest in O&P and rehabilitative technology. Several vendors and partners were recognized for their contributions at the Hanger Partner Awards, including Click Medical as rising star, Alps South for collaboration, Freedom Innovations for innovation, and National Labs for operational performance.
The National Business Meeting, which took place on Friday morning, February 3, welcomed former Sen. Bob Kerrey as a guest speaker. He spoke about partnering with Hanger CEO Vinit Asar and other leaders in the O&P industry on legislative efforts currently under way that aim to positively impact the lives of those with limb loss and make their voices heard in Washington DC. The company also held its fourth annual Women in Leadership course, which included presentations from senior leaders and speakers, as well as leadership skills training.