Award recipients receive their respective award, a featured spotlight in NBCOT publications and social media, a press release to share the news, and their next certification renewal is free.
Dr. Sally Wasmuth, an OTR from Indiana, focused her research on racial disparities among clinicians and ways to diversify the health care field.
OTR Creates Innovative Lymphedema Program to Aid Patients With Spinal Cord Injury in Recovery and Rehabilitation Efforts
Rebecca Hammad, an OTR and certified lymphedema therapist, started a lymphedema program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, where she used her training to modify the traditional approach to CDT for individuals experiencing acute and chronic edema after injury or illness.
OTR with Cardiopulmonary Specialization Guides Care and Rehab Interventions for Patients With COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Dr. Jamie Wilcox pioneered programs and services that focused on guiding patients through their health challenges throughout the continuum of care, from hospitalization to rehabilitation to the return home.
COTAs are making a difference every day in their work and we want to recognize the COTAs whose work supports NBCOT’s mission by making an outstanding impact on the clients they serve.
Kelly Parmet, a COTA from Texas, acted quickly to implement an innovative program to create a uniform technique and protocol for turning and positioning ICU patients who were intubated due to COVID.
The Innovation and Impact Award winners have demonstrated actions that truly support NBCOT’s mission of serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice.
Early Vocational Skills Program Is a Key to Job Success for Elementary-School Students With Special Needs
For students with special needs, entering the workforce can present new challenges and add anxiety and uncertainty to their lives. Thanks to Deborah Schwind, an innovative OTR working for Loudoun County Public Schools, students are introduced to vocational skills early in their education and use school routines to build transition skills, leading to more positive outcomes upon graduation.
As a mother with first-hand experience of having children in the NICU, Dr. Bobbi Pineda has dedicated years of research and program development to improve not only the developmental outcomes of high-risk infants but also the overall experience for families who have a child in the NICU.
OTR’s Assessment Tool Shows Improving Patient Handling Leads to Better and Safer Outcomes for Patients and Care Providers
Teresa Boynton, an OTR from Colorado, developed the Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT) so nurses could better determine patients’ current mobility status and safely handle them.