3DPO Writes the Governor of Maryland

3DPO took some time out from studying this past week in order to write a letter to the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan. A few weeks earlier, the Amputee Coalition sent an email to Sheryl Nathanson Sachs, CPO, Jeanne Smith (Patient Services Representative) and a number of other Dankmeyer employees on their mailing list asking everyone to write and ask their governor to acknowledge April as Limb Loss Awareness Month through a formal proclamation. Sheryl and Jeanne, who anchor the Dankmeyer office on the Sinai Hospital Campus, beat 3DPO to it, by writing a letter to Governor Hogan right away - resulting in the desired proclamation. They are looking forward to receiving this Maryland proclamation in the mail very soon!

If you do not live in Maryland, you might want to write the governor of your state to get a proclamation in your state. Please visit the Amputee Coalition’s Advocacy and Awareness page and view the proclamation spreadsheet to find out how to submit your request. Ask your governor to proclaim April as Limb Loss Awareness Month at the link below.

Proclaim April as Limb Loss Awareness Month

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Every year the Amputee Coalition (AC) promotes April as Limb Loss Awareness Month with a series of events. Hill Day in early April is an effort for patients and patient advocates to educate legislators about limb loss. Jeanne Smith has attended that event for several years. April activities finish up with Show Your Mettle Day, when those with limb loss are encouraged to wear their prosthesis so everyone can see the metal of the device. A number of Dankmeyer patients have shown their “mettle” on the Dankmeyer website, and 3DPO encourages everyone to send in their pictures for the big day!

Writing the Governor is just one of the many ways to participate.

Here is a list of some important upcoming dates for Amputee Coalition events. You can click on any one to find specific information from the AC:

No matter how you choose to do it, whether you make a phone call, go old school with a typewriter, or use your computer or mobile device, sign up for an activity, and if you live in Maryland, you could write a letter to your governor today to thank him for the proclamation!

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3DPO and Snow Days!

It wasn’t until mid January that it really started to feel like winter to 3DPO. In the time since then, there has been bitter cold, with ice and snow in many parts of the USA. At Dankmeyer’s Central Maryland office in Linthicum, there was enough snow on the ground so that 3DPO, 3D-Too and Digit could go outside to play with Amy Smith, Administrative Assistant, during their lunch break.

The three friends took a few minutes to find a spot so that 3D-Too could slide down a little slope in his adaptive snow sled, while Digit sported his new green Therapy Dog blanket. There wasn’t enough time to build a 3DPO-Snowman or make snow angels or have a snowball fight. Amy had shared some pictures of Dankmeyer staff making snowballs the previous winter and it sure looked fun!

3DPO thought it was a good time to review Dankmeyer’s weather policy, so that he would know if any Dankmeyer office was closed due to poor weather. The weather in Lavale, MD (where Dankmeyer’s Western Maryland office was located) can be very different from the weather 192 miles away on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where the Dankmeyer office is in Easton, MD. (Kristin Boswell, Director of Patient Services and Billing, addresses the question of weather closures in a Q&A posted on the Dankmeyer website just days after 3DPO and his friends played in the snow.)

Also in the Q&A, from the previous winter, is a question about winter adaptive sports that is interesting and can be read by clicking here. 3DPO looked forward to some future snow that would give them a chance to make snowballs and he could practice his pitch, but maybe that should happen on a weekend when the snow had a chance to melt before patients needed to come on Monday!

3DPO and the Dankmeyer Cookie Challenge

It’s that festive holiday time of year again! As the Dankmeyer offices are getting decked out for the holidays, the staff starts thinking about getting creative with cookies! This year marks the 5th Annual Dankmeyer Cookie Challenge. While there is a winner every year, there are no losers as we all get to sample cookies made by someone else and get new recipes to try!

Mary Reedy, CP, coordinates the blind taste test contest every year. Each participant brings in cookies for trying and each staff member chooses which cookie they think is best and they vote for that cookie. Sharon Idleman, Accounting Assistant, always counts the votes. 3DPO was a little confused when he was offered a bite of a cookie, the only bytes he knew about were terabytes! As always, our favorite 3D intern persevered and voted for his favorite. No, he’s not telling us who he voted for.

Art Ross, Fabrication Technician, crafted this year’s trophy as he has in years past and 3DPO just had to have his photo taken with it. He hopes to participate next year, if he can reach the dials on the oven. Maybe he can get help from some of our previous winners, Jed Newhardt, CPO, Toni Robinson, Bryan Day, Fabrication Technician, or Jamie Dean, Patient Services Representative. Or maybe he will talk to our most recent winner, Mary Reedy. Congratulations on those Lemon Cookies, Mary! (As he was very busy tasting cookies, 3DPO collaborated on this story with Amy Smith, Administrative Assistant.)

3DPO and Trick or Treat

3DPO loves the fall - the temperatures have cooled off, the leaves change to beautiful colors, and it means that three different holidays come one right after the other! Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all come within the space of about two months! It means a busy time, often associated with special foods and clothing. Like costumes and candy corn!!!

3DPO loves hats - he has quite a collection. And he likes wearing them as part of his Halloween costumes. Some of these he thinks he has shown off before. However, there are two that haven’t been seen. One is the costume he wore last Halloween. The Headless Norseman. 3DPO heard someone talking about the story of Sleepy Hollow. He understood the part about the pumpkin for a head but misheard “horseman” and thought they were talking about a Viking, thus the horns. 

This year, his friends at Dankmeyer were reminiscing about watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” when they were kids, so 3DPO watched it one night. It inspired him to dress up as Charlie Brown. He thought about dressing Digit as Snoopy, but Digit declined. Since he didn’t want to get rocks in his trick or treat bag like Charlie Brown, he thought he might stay at home this year and just watch scary movies with Digit.

Other times 3DPO has used some of the stuff Art made him as costumes. Once to be a cowboy, a construction worker, a rock star, and a bunny rabbit. Happy Halloween!

3DPO and the Sinai Office Renovation

As many of you know, Dankmeyer has several offices across the state of Maryland, one of which is our office at Sinai Hospital. Sheryl Nathanson, CPO and Jeanne Smith, Patient Services Representative, are the primary on site staff for that office. They, along with famous Dankmeyer intern, 3DPO, have been working on plans for renovation for that office. It is a very big undertaking and we are very excited as we are happy to announce that plan is finally under way! Our Sinai office will be closed through October 9, while skilled contractors (overseen by our very own 3DPO) work to make the space more modern and help create a better experience for our patients and our referral sources.

 3DPO admitted early on, he was not going to be a great help with color selection, he always chooses his favorite shade of green, but would be happy to help with the demolition and construction. Art Ross, Fabrication Technician, made sure 3DPO had his hard hat and safety glasses before he headed off to Sinai. 

Sheryl notes that we can expect a whole new look when complete. “Pretty much every space will be different.  New colors on the walls, new carpet, no carpet, larger waiting room, etc.  We will let the details be a surprise!” As a teaser, she said, “We have a picture in our office now with different scenes from the beach and ocean.  We have used that as our inspiration.”

We cannot wait for you to see the final result! Reopening October 9th!

In the meantime, 3DPO is well underway with the project. Glad he is wearing a hard hat!