Hanger Clinic reports that Ryan Blanck, CPO, (pictured right) inventor of the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeleton Orthosis (IDEO), recently joined its Tacoma, Wash-based location. Blanck will be based in the Tacoma clinic but will also treat patients throughout the greater Seattle region, Hanger says.
Blanck will join Hanger’s National Upper Extremity specialist team, and in his new role, Blanck will oversee the upper extremity program for the Northwest region. Hanger Clinic notes that Blanck brings 15 years of prosthetic and orthotic patient care experience to the clinic. He specializes in the treatment of individuals with trauma-related amputations and injuries.
Blanck previously worked at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at the Center for the Intrepid, providing care to wounded US soldiers. During his tenure, Hanger Clinic states that Blanck also invented the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeleton Orthosis (IDEO). The device was originally designed to restore mobility to active duty and retired service members with lower-extremity traumatic injuries and neuromuscular deficits. Since its first fitting on a solider in 2009, more than 500 service members are now reportedly benefitting from the technology, including Navy Seals, Rangers, and Green Berets.
According to a news release, the device will be available to the civilian population at select Hanger Clinic locations, with Blanck serving as National IDEO program director. The release also notes that Blanck served as head of the upper-extremity specialist team and lead prosthetist for various upper-extremity research efforts, including the DEKA arm with the Department of Defense.
Timothy Zanas, Hanger Clinic regional director, adds, “Ryan’s creation of the IDEO device has restored mobility to hundreds of soldiers who were experiencing severe pain due to combat-related injuries, and even considering amputation.” Zanas also notes that the Hanger Clinic is “thrilled to add [Blanck’s] extensive skillset to the company.”
Blanck classifies the creation of the IDEO device as “very rewarding,” noting that the device not only restores mobility and personal independence, “but also allows injured service men and women to achieve their goal of returning to active duty.” Blanck adds in the release that he is thrilled to bring this device to the civilian population and to continue to do what he loves in Seattle.
The release reports that Blanck’s commitment to caring for wounded soldiers was recently recognized this year, when the US Army presented him with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second highest honor given by the US Army to civilian employees.
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[Source: Hanger Clinic]