Business, Charity Celebrate Partnership Milestone

A Leesburg company and a nonprofit organization are celebrating two years of a partnership they call “a win-win.”

K2M Group Holdings and Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO) have worked together for two years to increase employability of people with significant disabilities. K2M is a global medical device company focused on designing and commercializing innovative technologies and techniques used by spine surgeons around the globe to treat patients suffering from complicated spinal diseases. ECHO works to further the independence, promotion and upward mobility of individuals with significant disabilities.

K2M employs a crew of 14 individuals with disabilities through ECHO. The company requires exceptional quality control before products leave its facility for the operating room, and ECHO’s clients play an important role in this. The ECHO team pays close attention to detail when scanning and indexing medical documents associated with the spinal technology product.

“Having that information and level of detail available to K2M is critical,” a press release from K2M stated.

The partnership allows K2M to free up other employees from other tasks, which “multiplies the value of my existing labor force,” K2M Senior Vice President of Operations Dave MacDonald stated. “K2M wants to employ individuals with disabilities because employing people makes everything else possible—give a person a job and that’s how they become self-sufficient, independent, resourceful, and have a sense of self-worth, pride, accomplishment and belonging—all these things come with being productive.”

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