Our Manchester, NH office recently had the unique privilege of opening our doors to the Governor’s office, in order for the Governor to observe part of the prosthetic process and for our clients to share their stories and challenges with her. In the overview below, you can get a glimpse into our day with the Governor and learn more about the local prosthetics industry.
Matt Albuquerque, president of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc., led Governor Hassan on a tour of our facility and introduced her to several of our local clients. The tour also showcased bionic and prosthetic technologies and the work that occurs behind-the-scenes in our on-site fabrication lab.
The first client to meet Governor Hassan was Bill Dube, who uses the most advanced iLimb Hand by Touch Bionics called the iLimb Ultra.
Next, Governor Hassan was introduced to Carter, one of our most active and outgoing Next Step Kids. He had the privilege of showing her and her team his extraordinary progress over the years with a lineup of his past prosthetic and orthotic devices.
From there, Governor Hassan met Sean, a veteran and a manager within the Manchester airport’s Transportation Security Administration. Sean received his new waterproof prosthesis with the X3 Microprocessor Knee from Ottobock just a few weeks ago, and he already walks incredibly well on it.
Sean was able to provide the Governor his unique point of view as an amputee veteran, local resident, and working professional, about the challenges that face those returning from war and reentering the workforce after sustaining serious injuries. He shared how technological advancements of prosthetic limbs over recent years have allowed him to transition back to work and live a more fulfilling life.
Lastly, the Governor was introduced to Dick, an amputee veteran who wears the BiOM ankle system. Dick shared with Governor Hassan how his most recent prosthesis has improved the quality of his life as an active amputee. He also offered his perspective on improvements in prosthetic technology and the increased awareness of issues affecting the amputee community.
The Governor wrapped up her visit with a look at our on-site fabrication lab and had the opportunity to converse with Matt Albuquerque about issues facing businesses and healthcare facilities in New Hampshire. We are proud to be a well-established, New Hampshire-based small business, and we depend on the support of our local government and representatives to effectively serve our clients and community. It is an honor to be a resource and an authority on bionics and prosthetics for those in leadership as well.
We had a wonderful time with Governor Hassan and welcome visits from any government officials who wish to learn more about what we do, gaining firsthand insight from our amazing staff and clientele.