It was a very proud and touched physiotherapist and director of Vendlet, Peter Maindal, who received the Danish Physiotherapist Association’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Tina Lambrecht, president of the association, handed Peter the award at a well-attended reception at Vendlet.
In her speech, Tina Lambrecht said that this year the competition was tough. But she had no doubt that Peter was the right winner. “The award is given for both innovation and entrepreneurship. And Peter Maindal definitely qualifies for both criteria. Peter has created a blooming company with more and more employees. And Peter has a product, which definitely can change the lives of both caregivers and patients”, Tina Lambrecht said.
Tina Lambrecht is also impressed by Peter Maindal’s determination to keep professionalism as the most important factor in a time, where many of Vendlet’s costumers focus on costs and expenses. “And the fact that Vendlet last year had about 1,700 students and caregivers participate in their free seminars and workshops testifies to a great commitment and a desire to teach and interact”, said Tina Lambrecht.
It is the Danish Physiotherapists' regional committee in South Denmark who has nominated Peter Maindal. Regional chairman Brian Errebo-Jensen expressed delight and pride in the national winner being from his own region.
Brian Errebo-Jensen said in his speech, that Peter Maindal and Vendlet is not only selling equipment. They also sell knowledge and quality, which the healthcare sector and age care needs. This effort means less occupational injuries, better patient experiences and more workplaces. “It is a really good example on how you by using your professionalism can solve serious Work Heakth and Safety problems and at the same time make it a succesfull business”, said Brian Errebo-Jensen in his speech.
President of the Growth and Development Committee at the municipality of Aabenraa, Philip Tietje, pointed out that Vendlet is a company, which fits perfectly into their vision of making the municipality of Aabenraa to a center for health innovation and assisted living technology.
President of Danish Rehabilitation Group, Per Buus, mentioned how Vendlet is a beacon in the Danish Rehab Sector. A company which many can learn a great deal from.
Head of Studies for the Nurse Education at University College South Denmark, Edel Thomsen thanked Peter Maindal for the inspiring cooperation between Vendlet and the Nurse Education.
Peter Maindal was very happy and honored to receive the award, which he actually did not know he was nominated for. It was Vendlet’s Sales Representative and physiotherapist Lars Büchert, who on behalf of all the employees had sent a nomination to the Danish Physiotherapists' regional committee in South Denmark.
In the nomination Lars describes Peter as brave, a groundbreaking innovator and a very enthusiastic firebrand. “It was very brave of Peter buying a company which honestly was not doing well at all. A complete turn-around of the company has among many things resulted in Vendlet having an Education Department which offers free seminars with different themes and topics, which targets the occupational groups who Vendlet wants to have an professional dialogue with. That is what I call groundbreaking innovation. And Peter has always been an enthusiastic firebrand who thinks very positively and sees opportunities and trends long before the rest of us”, said Lars Büchert about the nomination.
Peter Maindal did not hide the fact that the both the regional and the national award is very special to him.
“It means a lot that I receive it from my own occupational group – that is a great acknowledgement.
But I am especially fond of and proud of the reasoning in which Vendlet's professional knowledge is linked directly to the progress of improving work health and safety and the patient experience in the health care sector. That shows that my mission is successful in that we at Vendlet help to make a difference”, said Peter Maindal in his speech of thanks.
The Danish Physiotherapists Association awards yearly a physiotherapist who through innovation, initiative and entrepreneurship has created more health for the Danes and new physiotherapist oriented workplaces.
The Association is divided into 5 regional committees who each choose a candidate to compete for the national award. The award was handed out for the first time in 2014.