The Invalid Foundation, later the Orton Foundation, was founded in 1940 for the treatment, rehabilitation and vocational training of veterans injured in the Winter War. Finnish society has gone through great changes since those days. The Orton Foundation has been keeping up with this development, changing its own activities to meet the demands of the changing society. The activities of the Orton Foundation are highly versatile and varied. Since the Foundation’s historical starting point, the focus of its activities has shifted onto the research, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as education for students in need of special support. The Orton Foundation maintains the activities of Orton Oy, Orton Pro and Keskuspuisto Vocational College. The foundation form facilitates long-term activities in order to carry out the Foundation’s social function, and this function will be carried out in the future as well.
The social function of the Orton Foundation is to work to enable as many people as possible to function as full-fledged members of Finnish society. The Orton Foundation’s largest site of activities is Keskuspuisto Vocational College, which is the second largest special vocational school in Finland. Keskuspuisto Vocational College operates as a non-profit organisation and is funded primarily by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Keskuspuisto Vocational College provides education for young people and adults in need of special support and serves as a concentration of special education know-how.
Another non-profit organisation maintained by the Orton Foundation is Orton Pro, an expert unit that fosters employment, job retention and well-being at work. Orton Pro provides an extensive variety of work fitness, career and employment services. The goal of Orton Pro is to have people employed in their current profession or educated in an entirely new field of profession.
The Orton Foundation’s health care services are provided by Orton Oy, a company owned entirely by the Foundation. Orton’s expertise lies in musculoskeletal disorders, pain management, cataract surgeries and therapeutic services. The first joint replacement surgery in Finland was performed in 1967 at a hospital then known as the Invalid Foundation hospital, and the first endoscopic surgery took place there in 1976. Profits gained through Orton are used in accordance with the Foundation’s social function to either further develop the company’s activities or maintain the Foundation’s non-profit activities.
What unifies all of our activities is our desire to understand our customers’ needs and provide the best possible solution for them.
Management of the Orton Foundation
Juha-Pekka Halmeenmäki (M.A.) acts as the group’s CEO. The Orton Foundation’s non-profit activities are represented by Principal Sirpa Lukkala (M.Sc.) of Keskuspuisto Vocational College, Unit Manager Miika Keijonen of Orton Pro and Head of Research Timo Yrjönen (M.D., docent, specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology) and Head of Research and Education Leena Ristolainen (D.Sc. (Econ.), D.A.) of the Scientific Research and Education Unit of Orton.
The business activities of Orton Oy are governed by CEO Juho Himberg (M.A., MBA), Chief Medical Officer and Deputy CEO Heikki Hurri (docent, professor, specialist in physiotherapy) and Chief Physician Mikko Manninen (docent, M.D., specialist in orthopaedics and traumatology).
The Orton Foundation has organised international seminars since the beginning of 1990’s.
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