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!

3DPO and the Exam Room Cart

As much as 3DPO loves to travel, (check out May's 3DPO post by clicking here!), he prefers to stay at the office and help his fellow employees. 

Our patients may not have noticed, but recently our practitioners have streamlined the patient rooms in our Linthicum office. Each room has the same supplies in the same location. This makes finding what the practitioners need during an appointment quick and easy, which makes appointments a bit easier for both the practitioner and the patient. 

At the end of each day, we restock the patient rooms from a supply cart. Our students (3DPO interviewed them in his June post - click here) were pitching in, but since they have wrapped up their project and are headed back to school, 3DPO and his friend 3D TOO stepped in to help. Much like the rest of our staff, 3DPO is always up for a challenge!

As you can see, they needed a little help pushing the cart room to room from Rochelle Dumm, our newest resident.  Hmmm, if 3DPO is going to continue to help restocking, he is going to ask Art Ross, Fabrication Technician, to use the 3D printer to print a ladder to help him reach the items on the top shelf! 

Since he is still an intern, 3DPO has a lot to learn. What better time to ask questions than when restocking the supplies we use daily to help our patients?  Teamwork is something we pride ourselves on here at Dankmeyer, and as always 3DPO is happy to be part of this team. 

3DPO Introduces New Office Signs

3DPO is so excited to show off some new signs installed in the Linthicum office!  These signs are posted to help guide visitors to the waiting area and patient check out.  3DPO generally likes to keep a low profile, but was very humbled to find himself on a few of the signs - and even Digit (his therapy dog in training) is on one!  But then again, his mentor at Dankmeyer, Fabrication Technician Art Ross, was instrumental in creating the signs - so perhaps 3DPO shouldn't have been surprised when they were installed and he saw himself.

Every Dankmeyer office has signs of one sort or another.  The very first sign anyone might encounter on a visit to a Dankmeyer office is the sign on the door or building!

While 3DPO is usually not ON a sign, he has appeared in many pictures WITH signs.  He went through his scrapbook so he could share some of his favorites here.

 

 

3DPO Meets the New Summer Interns

A little over a year ago, 3DPO started his internship at Dankmeyer.  In that time, he has learned how to do many things.  He has visited not only each of the four Dankmeyer offices, but been taken on many field trips as well.  He has helped in the Linthicum office remodeling, been to Amputee Walking School, been on TV with the Dankmeyer gang for Manic Mondays, and done a lot of sweeping!  In fact, that was his first job - to help clean up the fabrication area.

Clara (L) and Shaina (R) meet 3DPO.

This summer, 3DPO is very happy to see two new interns at Dankmeyer, Clara Romero Tejera and Shaina Patel.  Clara and Shaina are both college students.  Clara is from Madrid, Spain, and Shaina is from Bethlehem, PA.  Both are engineering students, but Clara is a biomechanical engineering major and Shaina is a mechanical engineering and dance major.  They are serious students who will not be spending their time sweeping!  They will be observing patients and working on a 3D printing project.  

After finishing their paperwork, Amy Smith, Administrative Assistant, made the introductions.  3DPO had so many questions for them.  

How long are you studying at UMD?  

Clara: This summer I am wrapping up my year of study at the University of Maryland, and will return to the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain in August.  (Clara was in the class Angie Bryl, CPO taught this past semester at the University of Maryland Department of Mechanical Engineering. Angie's story about the class is on the Dankmeyer blog In the Community.)

Shaina: That's funny.  I just returned from a year of study abroad at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain to continue my program at UMD here!

Why did you choose to study engineering?  

Clara: My brothers are engineers, and I admire them.  I chose biomechanical engineering because I love biology and it is a way to combine my interests in the two fields.

Shaina: Ever since elementary school, I have liked doing puzzles and putting things together.  Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines and I think I can do more with this major.

What will you do when you finish your undergraduate studies?

Clara: I would like to return to the US to pursue a masters degree.

Shaina: I think I would like to work a little before attending graduate school.

Why are you interested in prosthetics?

Clara: My mother has worked for many non-profit organizations, and when I came across some photos of amputees, I knew I wanted to make a difference and help people in this way.

Shaina: I actually heard a TED Talk by Hugh Herr (click here to hear this talk) who created a prosthesis for a dancer who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing.  As a dancer, that struck a chord with me.

Shaina, a combination engineering dance major is interesting.  What is your favorite kind of dance?

Shaina: I have been a dancer for many years.  Contemporary and hip hop are my favorites.

I have some moves.  I think I can do the Moon Walk.  Maybe you can show me some of your stuff.  Also, can I practice my Spanish with both of you while you are here?

Clara and Shaina:  OK.