Welcome to Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP’s blog. If you are reading this, you are probably wondering who we are, what our blog is all about, and why we are here.
Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP. was founded in 1975 and is distinguished as the leading orthotics and prosthetics distributor in North America. Cascade’s mission is to provide superior value and support on the products we source and the services we provide. Cascade has four distribution facilities located in California, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, allowing overnight delivery anywhere in the contiguous United States at published ground rates. Cascade’s 40 year reputation is built on a continued commitment to excellence, investments in technology, and operational efficiency. As the largest independent O&P distributor, Cascade is committed to helping customers build a successful practice and provide better patient care.
Our blog will help us better connect with you, our customers. We are looking forward to filling you in on what is happening in the O&P industry in areas like innovation, technology, events, industry leaders, people, and more. Major developments and reform are occurring in the O&P industry and staying in front of the trends is top of mind. We want this to be a place for you to learn, grow, ask questions, and get connected.
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The Koa™ LP is a moderate to high activity fiberglass prosthetic foot that provides both smooth rollover and energy return. With one of the lowest build heights among fiberglass feet, the Koa LP can be used with longer residual limbs and a range of components. The foot’s multiaxial split keel design delivers excellent ground compliance on a variety of terrain and provides greater stability for those adjusting to a new prosthesis. The Koa LP foot is suitable for both transtibial and transfemoral amputees up to 365 pounds.
Ultra-low profile with a functional sandal toe
Split-keel design delivers inversion and eversion
Adjustable heel density
Recommended LCodes: L5981, L5986
Foot shell sold separately
Clinical Features & Benefits
The ultra-low profile allows the Koa LP to be used with amputees who may have longer residual limbs.
The fiberglass design provides increased flexibility, creating a more comfortable experience when walking up and down slopes, stairs, and rolling terrains.
Clinicians should consider using the Koa LP for users who need room for other components. With its low profile, low build height, multiaxial rotation, and high energy return the Koa LP is well-suited for active users.
The split keel and heel deliver excellent ground compliance on a variety of terrains and provide greater stability for those adjusting to a new prosthesis or for amputees who traverse multiple types of terrain and need a foot that can provide stability.
Many of you have heard about the investment that Ottobock has made in Cascade and the exciting new things this partnership brings to the O&P industry.
Over the past 18 years, I have had the opportunity to refine and personally invest in the business. As the Leavy family exits their ownership in Cascade, I would like to thank them for the opportunity to learn, grow, and expand their original business model.
As I reflect on my experience as a leader of Cascade, I am proud of the operational improvements that we have made, the enhanced service and support we have been able to deliver, the tremendous support we have received from our customers and suppliers, and the team we have built at Cascade. I look forward to continuing my leadership of the business as the CEO and maintaining our autonomy and vision to reimagine the traditional distribution business model.
Throughout 2019, we made significant efforts to refine the business. Some to note are:
Investments in product data; collecting, modifying, and enhancing the product information available
Integrations with patient care management platforms; areas include Brightree and Nymbl
Implementation of Packsize in all distribution centers; providing the smallest dimensional packaging, lowering freight costs, and enhancing the quality of packaging
Analytical review and revision of our shipping policies and procedures
As we step into 2020, we intend to maintain and grow the many investments we have made in the company. I am personally excited about our expanded access to products, robust clinical and business education, increased logistical efficiency, and the creation of product selection tools that help our customers make better buying decisions.
Cascade looks forward to providing value to the industry and delivering on our commitment to improve the quality of life through quality products, services, and solutions.
This season, the Cascade team will be donating on behalf of our customers to organizations that provide critical support to our communities, the American Red Cross and the Amputee Coalition of America.
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services
The American Red Cross provided our local community with tremendous support and generosity during the 2018 Camp Fire. The organization provided temporary shelters, meals, relief supplies, information to the community, and mental health services. Cascade is proud to support this organization and their continued relief efforts across the United States.
The Red Cross Disaster Relief provides services for Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Wildfires, and Super Storms. Each disaster relief mission is different, but various resources are adapted the fit the needs which include (but aren’t limited to): Emergency Shelters, Emergency Supplies, Health/mental Health Contacts, Meals, Volunteer Workers, Emergency Response Vehicles.
Amputee Coalition of America
The Amputee Coalition of America provides an incredible amount of support to the amputee community and to the individuals who are facing limb loss. Their services range from fighting for equality with insurance companies, monitoring TSA screening policies, and advocating for amputee rights.
The Amputee Coalition of America’s Mission is to reach out and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.
Cascade would like to say ‘Thank You’ to our community, our customers, and our suppliers.
During this time of year, we are encouraged to look back and reflect on what we have done as an organization to accomplish our mission of providing solutions that improve the quality of life.
Putting People First
As a company-wide initiative, Cascade created cross-departmental teams to work on programs and processes to directly impact the service level we provide to our customers. These teams met regularly to assess services, make adaptations, and create new customer offerings. Key task forces were created for our Cascade programs (Kits, EasyPACKS, and new product additions), freight policies, logistics, customer service, and integrations.
We also welcomed new personnel to the team who added direct value to customers. Some of the new additions have been our Clinical Educator, Nina Bondre, and our two new Account Managers in the Pacific Northwest, Matt Croddy and Mike Marten. Matt and Mike both have industry experience and offer the Sales Team expertise in fabrication, lab management, orthotics, and referral source marketing. Nina will be introducing a new portfolio of 2020 educational courses that address the industry requests we have received over the past year. Since she was hired in July, Nina has traveled to 8 of the 10 territories and completed 17 customer courses and two internal staff educations. Upcoming 2020 course topics include:
A Modern Approach to Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions
Articulating Foot and Ankle Industry Comparisons
Transfemoral Socket Designs
O&P Research Updates
We are so grateful for our staff’s
commitment to Cascade, their perseverance to improve service levels, and dedication
to add value to the Cascade brand.
Connecting With Our Partners
At Cascade, one of our strategic
anchors is creating internal and external efficiencies by leveraging
technology. We have pursued partnerships with several innovative companies and
integrated our systems to make ordering with Cascade easy and streamlined.
Ongoing improvements to our OPIE integration, EDI connections with our top suppliers, and integrations with Fusiform (online custom ordering platform), Billtrust (third party billing software), the Department of Veterans Affairs ROES System, Brightree, Medflex, and Nymbl have made the Cascade portfolio more accessible to customers.
We are encouraged by the caliber of
new technology within the O&P industry and thankful for our support teams
(internally and externally) who have made these connections possible.
Opening the Door to New Products
As the O&P market continues to transform, Cascade is always looking for the latest product offerings to bolster our portfolio of orthotics, prosthetics, materials, and equipment. Product options and availability are integral to achieving our corporate mission of being a full service provider.
In 2019, Cascade has significantly expanded the ottobock product line, bolsering both the orthotics and prosthetics category. Cascade now sells a full range of prosthetic feet, mechanical knees, liners, materials and has rounded out the orthothic offering with the addition of spinal, knee, AFO, and other bracing solutions. Check out some of the key products listed below.
Amonena is also a notable addition to the product mix, expanding the Cascade breast forms and mastectomy care products.
We appreciate our network of suppliers and remain focused on working more closely to deliver the latest products and solutions to patient care. We are thankful for their continued support of the industry and commitment to innovation and design.
The dedication and support of our
Cascade team members is central to our commitment to providing excellent
service and support to you and the patients you serve. Thank you for your continued business, we are
proud to deliver products and services that improve your patient care. We are
thankful for your partnership and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday
The 2019 AOPA National Assembly brought over 2,400 attendees to beautiful, sunny San Diego, California to celebrate a year of advancement within the O&P profession. This year’s show boasted a fantastic educational track, exciting special events, and inspirational key note speakers. The Exhibit Hall received steady traffic with over 150 exhibitors, a massage station, head shot lounge, and the Technical Fabrication Contest. This year, the Exhibit Hall was open to the public and community on Saturday to explore and learn more about the O&P industry.
Check Out Some Featured Products From The Show!
Unloader One® X
3-point Leverage System generates unicompartmental unloading of the knee
Cascade is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Marten, CTP to our Sales Team. As our new Pacific Northwest Account Manager, Mike will be managing accounts throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
Mike has over seven years in the O&P industry and began his career as an Orthotic Technician and eventually worked his way into the prosthetic discipline. Mike is passionate about patient care and enjoys making a difference in peoples lives.
Facts about Mike:
Has been married for almost three years! His wife’s name is Miranda.
Hobbies: Any outdoor activities such as trail running, soccer, and snowboarding
Favorite sport: Soccer
Loves to travel
Likes to experience new foods, his favorite is Indian
What’s Mike looking forward to at Cascade?
Mike is excited to bring his passion for the O&P Industry to Cascade! He cannot wait to get out into the field and empower practitioners with solutions that can elevate their patients care.
To check out the rest of the Cascade Sales Team, please click here.
How the Cascade Estore team is improving customer experiences
Our Cascade Estore Team is continuously working to improve your purchasing experience. During customer interactions, we are collecting feedback and reviewing our internal processes to ensure we deliver consistent service and support. Three particular areas of focus are Order Processing, Product Introductions/Modifications, and Cross-Departmental Communication.
The breadth and depth of the Cascade’s product portfolio makes department communication, training, and oversight critical. The Customer Service Team has been working closely with every department to ensure that new product additions and changes (as well as the various challenges that accompany them) are communicated and checked across department responsibilities so no details are missed.
Customer Service has been hosting, contributing, and cross-training other departments on the functions and systems their team uses daily. This effort will help alleviate order obstacles and increase the fluidity of the customer experience. Customer Service Team Leads are also working hard to communicate with other department leads and collect valuable feedback to refine internal processes and better fit the needs of the company and the customer.
Merrit Healy, the Cascade Customer Service eStore Team Lead, has been working on numerous projects, one of which is an initiative to make ordering custom devices easier. She has been working closely with suppliers to condense the amount of information required on order forms so there is less follow-up and decreased lead times.
Merrit notes, “The relationship we have with our customers is a special one. Our team strives to exceed expectations and works tirelessly every day to improve our service and offer solutions to our customers”.
If you have any comments, feedback, or suggestions, please feel free to let us know! We value your opinion and are always looking for new ways to improve. To contact us, please reach out to us directly at 800-888-0865 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.