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2009 Award Winner - Press Release


For Immediate Release:

2009 Aegis AwardSpringer Prosthetic & Orthotic Services, Inc., of Lansing (SPOS) has earned two prestigious international media awards for its client education video titled: “One Step At A Time”. According to Owner / Certified Prosthetist Joe Springer, the firm earned a Telly Award in the Health and Wellness category, and an Aegis Award in the Training / Education category, competing against over 14-thousand of entries from around North America and the world.

Springer said: “Whether amputees are accident victims or have health or physical problems such as diabetes, most of our new patients told us that it was very difficult finding real answers to their questions about what to expect after amputation. So we decided to produce a long-play video consisting of interviews and action footage of a few of our typical patients.” Patients interviewed are all from Lansing and include: a Sparrow Hospital X-ray technician, an LCC college student and her mother, a professional paintballer; a disability retiree, a retired school principal and business owner, and a restaurant owner.

2009 Telly Award“Those people opened their hearts and lives to our production crew to tell their stories in order to help put future amputees at ease about the operation and life’s adaptations afterward”, he said. Springer continued: “This video speaks directly to amputees and their families to help them make the lifestyle decisions that are right for them: physically, socially and emotionally...and we’re very proud of our patients for helping out their fellow amputees, who with our collective help will adapt in time and get on with life.” “Bob Bishop and his staff at Future Media Corporation of Okemos produced the video for us and we couldn’t be happier with the results”, Springer added. The patient education video is distributed free of charge to amputees, surgeons’ offices and hospital rehabilitation units. Springer said hits to his website have tripled since the release of the video and that the first 100 DVD copies “went like hotcakes”.

“One Step At A Time” is viewable on Requests for a DVD copy, an interview with Springer or his patients who appeared in the video, or more information can be made via the website, or by calling SPOS @ 517/337-0300.

The Telly Awards competition honors the very best commercials, videos, films and internet work. The bronze statue is made by the same company that produces the Oscar and Emmy awards. Springer’s video competed with over 11,000 entries world-wide. The Telly committee reported that competition for the 30th anniversary of the award was the most competitive and successful in its long history.

The Aegis Awards honors the best in video and film production. The logo and winner designation is deep-etched in clear optical crystal. The tapered ebony glass base holds a personalized inscription etched in silver. The Winner’s trophy stands 10” tall, 5” wide, and weighs four pounds. Springer competed against over 3100 entries from North America to win.


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