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Published on November 03, 2011

RIC Announces Strategic Alliance with Michigan Rehabilitation Hospital

Hospitals Will Partner on System Development & Collaborative Research

CHICAGO, IL—The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation’s #1 rehabilitation hospital*, is entering into a strategic affiliation with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Michigan’s leading rehabilitation hospital.

Mary Free Bed will benefit from RIC’s expertise in developing systems to expand services, improve efficiencies, and grow care networks so patients can access MFB’s leading rehabilitation care.  Both organizations will benefit from cooperation in research and other innovations. Specifically:

  • Teams from RIC will consult with Mary Free Bed as the hospital continues to grow and expand its new Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network;
  • Mary Free Bed patients will have the opportunity to participate in research trials with RIC;
  • Both organizations will benefit from sharing best practices related to process improvement, development of new rehabilitative treatments and collaborative research.

Mary Free Bed officials anticipate this unique affiliation and its new rehabilitation network will result in increased access to rehabilitation services, job creation and healthcare cost reduction.

The two hospitals announced the news during a special reception on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Grand Rapids.

RIC’s rich leadership and innovations have greatly impacted the field of rehabilitation medicine, and most importantly proven to Advance Ability™ of patients with a wide variety of conditions,” said Joanne C. Smith, MD, CEO, RIC. “Bringing RIC’s world-class rehabilitation practices to Mary Free Bed Hospital means more patients will have access to Mary Free Bed’s excellent care. We are thrilled to partner with Mary Free Bed.”

Kent Riddle, CEO of Mary Free Bed, echoed the thought. “Our shared mission of restoring ability, hope and freedom to people with disabilities makes this affiliation a natural one,” he said. “This alliance, as well as our network, will enable to address critical issues of health care reform, reduce health care costs and add jobs.

Mary Free Bed officials anticipate the new strategic alliance with RIC, as well as its new rehabilitation network, will allow it to reduce inpatient costs approximately 10 percent by reducing the length of stays.  Additionally, Mary Free Bed anticipates the creation of hundreds of new jobs over the next several years through the expansion of bed capacity and the ability to offer more rehabilitative services.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field.  Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better outcome. 

RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record seven, multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research and rehabilitation engineering research.  RIC operates its 165-bed, current flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 45 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwestern region, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. 

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.  RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. For more information, go to www.ric.org.

About Mary Free Bed

Founded more than 100 years ago, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is an 80-bed, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation center. Its mission is to restore hope and freedom through rehabilitation to people with disabilities. Mary Free Bed offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for children and adults using an interdisciplinary approach. In 2011, the organization launched the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers designed to provide rehabilitation care for patients and families throughout Michigan. For more information, please visit www.maryfreebed.com, or call 800.528.8989.

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About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s #1-ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Ranked #1 by both U.S. News and World Report and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction.

With a record six multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research, bionic medicine/rehabilitation engineering research, and pediatric orthopedics, RIC operates the largest rehabilitation research enterprise in the world.

RIC also operates its 182-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 40 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwest, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. For more information, go to www.ric.org.

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