Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital recieves 2013 NewsMakers honor

The Grand Rapids Business Journal Newsmakers 2013 Awards occurred early this year, and honored a number of different individuals from various industries that have worked countlessly to highlight Grand Rapids and the talent within the community.

KentRiddle_GRBJblogWithin the healthcare industry, the GRBJ Newsmakers Awards highlighted Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (MFB) as their 2013 honoree. MFB works as a catalyst in the community for rehabilitation services from “spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures, amputation, stroke, and more.” Kent Riddle, CEO of Mary Free Bed.

He recognizes the honor as a way of highlighting what the health system has done for the community, as well as what the community can expect to see from Mary Free Bed in the future.

As Riddle notes, “Grand Rapids is a thriving community for organizations of all types, including healthcare. [MFB emerging] as a leading newsmaker is highly significant. The recognition acknowledges the transformation that is taking place at [MFB].”

MFB is one of the community’s leading examples for integrated healthcare. Working together with patient, provider and community acts as the framework for the best treatment and best healthcare available.

“We work hard to collaborate with all healthcare providers [and systems] because we know that patients will attain the most successful outcomes and the community will see the greatest value when we all work together,” explains Riddle.

In 2013, specifically, MFB earned the Newsmaker honor as they made headline after headline for their expansion and renovation project. The project itself is a $62.5 million endeavor, allowing MFB to doubling in size this year, as well as adding programs like a cancer rehabilitation program. Since there is no “I” in “Team,” you can imagine the teamwork that has gone into making MFB a Grand Rapids newsmaker.

“We’re hiring additional staff from throughout the United States; we’re seeing more patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis; we’re expanding into new program areas, and we’re establishing more partnerships with hospitals across the state. Our dedicated team of more than 1,000 employees has made all of this possible. They are the true newsmakers,” says Riddle.

So why is Grand Rapids setting a precedent above the rest? Riddle summarizes: “Our culture as a community starts and ends with a genuine commitment to care for and support each other. We have a very empathetic culture. As Coke likes to say, ‘It’s the real thing!’”

Photo credit: Mary Free Bed

Kristin Coppens

About Kristin Coppens

Kristin Coppens is responsible for BCBSM coverage of the West Michigan, Northern Michigan, and Upper Peninsula regions. Kristin is a writer, social media enthusiast, and information junkie. A self-proclaimed foodie, techie, and political nerd, she is a dedicated promoter of Grand Rapids community development, urban engagement, arts, healthcare, wellness, supporting and buying local, entrepreneurism, and the city as a whole.
 
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