For former ABC president John (Mo) Kenney and an amputee since age 7, O&P care is deeply personal. "At the start, amputees don't know if it's good, quality care or shoddy care…they don't know the clues," he passionately opines. "We need to protect quality, and if you can put a seal of approval in the form of accreditation, the patient will at least know there are some standards of quality care."
With a personal mission to ensure that every amputee gets the best and highest standard of care, Mo looks beyond his practices in Kentucky and Indiana and truly views this as a global commitment. His humanitarian ventures span the globe, beginning in the Ukraine helping those affected by the aftermath of Chernobyl and extending to Jamaica and Mexico. Mo currently oversees four pro bono trips to Mexico, from handling operations and personnel to personally treating patients.
"We do try to make a difference," says Mo. And while he supports those overseas, Mo never forgets those in his own back yard. He is part of a regional medical organization that supports the local disabled jockey fund. The injuries can be horrific, such as when one horse trainer's arm was practically severed in a fall during a training run. Many jockeys and trainers, this one included, do not have health insurance so the coalition pulls the community together to provide aid. Kenney Orthopedics, not surprisingly, provided the jockey's prosthesis and the subsequent fittings. Mo personally worked on it himself.
Mo's "pay it forward" philosophy is evident in his participation in the Amputee Coalition. "Some of the best medicine is to meet another person who can answer questions, hold a hand and make a fellow amputee feel comfortable," Mo offers. It's a reason that he serves on the Coalition's board and participates actively as a member and a fellow patient.
Mo truly believes that O&P practitioners have the most unique and rewarding job in the world. His excitement watching an amputee walk for the first time is palpable. A large part of that stems from being a patient in the field for 40 years. But it also comes from an inherent desire to continuously improve, uphold standards and fight for the quality care that he believes all patients, no matter what their ailment, deserve.