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After a fateful night in March that landed him at Mary Free Bed – and in the headlines – 24-year-old Osman Koroma is back at work and looking forward to returning to Grand Rapids Community College this fall. “Ozzie,” who lost his sight due to cataracts at the age of 14, was hit by a car on March 19. His guide dog, Gala, was killed in the accident but likely saved her owner’s life.

Ozzie suffered a brain injury and a broken leg and spent more than a week in an intensive care unit before coming to Mary Free Bed. Since he became a Mary Free Bed graduate in late April, Ozzie has been receiving physical, occupational and recreation therapy through Mary Free Bed’s Home and Community Services program.

He recently was cleared to begin putting weight on his healing leg and hopes to ditch his walker sometime soon. “I’m back in the swing of things,” he said from his office at Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind, where he works as assistant camp director and media specialist.

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From the Grand Rapids Press - Sunday, July 13, 2014


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Orrin S. Hole in One amputee

Our congrats to Orrin Schroeder – way to go!

A recent below-the-knee amputee, 67-year-old Orrin came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to be fitted for a prosthetic leg and receive outpatient therapy. On May 19, a little more than a month after he received his prosthesis, Orrin shot a hole-in-one on hole 16 at Crestview Golf Club!

Best wishes for future successes, Orrin. You serve as an inspiration to other amputees.


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Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle talks about our culture and doctors in his monthly June video blog. This video starts off a series that explores each of our own doctors and how they can help assist you in the rehabilitation process.
When you need rehabilitation, #AskForMary.

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From the Grand Rapids Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014


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MFB-MSU Announcement

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are joining together to transform Mary Free Bed into a research and teaching hospital. This collaboration sets the stage for cutting-edge research and evidence-based medicine to improve the lives of patients and encourage more medical school students to focus on physical rehabilitation.

Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle and MSU College of Human Medicine Dean Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., announced the affiliation agreement today. They touted its potential to bring more top-notch researchers and research grants to Grand Rapids and to take Mary Free Bed’s best practices to the next level.

“Combining MSU’s research expertise with Mary Free Bed’s outstanding clinical operation will create a powerful partnership that can translate into even better outcomes for rehabilitation patients,” Rappley said. “It also adds Mary Free Bed physicians to our faculty, giving them greater access to the most current literature and bringing their knowledge and expertise directly into the medical school.”

The partnership means Mary Free Bed will expand its patient-centered focus to include an emphasis on research and innovation.

“As Mary Free Bed expands, we’ll also be growing our leadership role in the industry,” said Riddle. “We’re adding a research component because research is the backbone of innovation. And, we will immediately expand the number of rotations, enabling medical students to get hands-on experience in the field of rehabilitative care.”

The John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation will be headed by Dr. John Butzer, who will step down from his role as chief medical officer at the rehabilitation hospital, a post he has held for 29 years.

“By collaborating on research and education, we improve …

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From the Grand Rapids Press - Sunday, May 11, 2014

HCS_101_Alumni-Picnic-Invite-1 Saying thanks for a fantastic 1st year!



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