ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) awarded the William D. Beiswenger Volunteer Award to Donald D. Virostek, CPO. Virostek was chosen by the ABC Board of Directors to receive the Beiswenger Award for his extraordinary volunteer work supporting ABC’s mission and for embodying the spirit of the award. He received the award at the 39th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium in Orlando.
The William D. Beiswenger Volunteer Award was established in 2000 to honor its first recipient William Beiswenger, CPO, FAAOP, of Colorado Springs, Colo., for his outstanding record of volunteerism and his commitment to the ABC mission. The prestigious award was created to recognize volunteers who demonstrate dedicated service to ABC and the promotion of its mission to provide the highest standards of excellence in patient care.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Don on several of ABC’s exam committees and the ABC Board of Directors. I consider Don my mentor. He has always put in the extra effort and he has demonstrated the leadership and volunteerism that is ABC. I am proud and pleased that he is being recognized with such a distinguished award, said Timothy E. Miller, CPO, ABC President.
Virostek began his service to ABC in 1996 as an examiner for the Clinical Patient Management (CPM) examinations. He has served on the Prosthetic Exam Development Committee, the CPM Administration Committee and the Professional Credentialing Committee. He was chosen to serve on the ABC Board of Directors in 2006 and has served for seven years including a term as president in 2012.
“I’m extremely honored to be selected for this award. Knowing the quality and dedication of the previous recipients, I feel blessed to be considered in their company. I am fortunate to have the support of my wife and family which allow me to volunteer my time to ABC. My years of volunteering have brought about many new friendships, for which I will be forever grateful,” said Virostek.
The Beiswenger award has only been given out five times since its inception. In addition to Beiswenger, previous recipients are Steven R. Whiteside, CO, FAAOP (2002), William Teague, CP (2005) and Frank Friddle, Jr., CO, FAAOP (2009).