RU Alumnus' Career Has Brought Quality of Life To Thousands
RADFORD -- To truly excel in a career, it takes pride in one’s work and a passion for the profession. Often times, compassion is also a key component for success.
When Radford University alumnus Doug Call bought Virginia Prosthetics in 1992 from his father-in-law, Fred Murko, he wanted his business to offer the very best in prosthetic and orthotic services. And it has a reputation of being just that the very best. Since its founding in 1966, the Roanoke-based company has serviced more than 50,000 amputees who have benefited from the compassion and professionalism both Call and his father-in-law brought and continue to bring to patients. Their business slogan is “We know your potential. We believe in your possibilities.”
Call has opened his doors for the new students who will be enrolling in the Waldron College of Health and Human Services' Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. “Students will have varying degrees of exposure to prosthetic work and will truly be able to interact with orthopedic professionals on a daily basis,” says Call. “Ours is a team approach. We want better outcomes for individual care and for families of amputees. Our goal is to help them function strongly and to assist their families in recovery as well.”
Call’s work with veterans returning from Iraq is widely respected. When he went to Walter Reed Army Hospital and volunteered to help with patient care, his name had already become familiar to the orthopedic profession. “Virginia Prosthetics had a good, solid reputation. At Walter Reed, we were with amputees from the beginning and helped transition them out of the hospital and back into service,” Call says. “They have to be able to do the things they were able to do before they were injured. They have to carry and clean their weapons, run and jump and do those same things.”
Call was invited back to Walter Reed to witness the unveiling of a new prosthetic knee which will be introduced to the world next year. Call says it will be something that will bring a greater quality of life to many amputees. “We refine the process. It is very rewarding to see the salt-of-the-earth folks get back to active duty. For some, it takes longer. There are varying levels of trauma and the levels of recovery are different,” Call says.
Waldron Dean Raymond Linville believes DPT students will benefit immensely from their time with Call and his staff. “Virginia Prosthetics is a state-of-the-art facility and Doug is well-respected. This is a unique opportunity for students that they may not get otherwise. There are other facilities but they are not as innovative as Virginia Prosthetics and certainly don’t have the RU connection that Doug provides as one of our outstanding alumni,” Linville says.
Call has expanded Virginia Prosthetics to six offices across the commonwealth and conducts clinics at eight locations in Virginia and North Carolina. Despite the economy and its challenges, the business, as of last year, had increased its revenue growth by more than 400 percent.