Spectrum Health, Mary Free Bed enhance pediatric care

Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH) and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (MFB) are collaborating to increase access to pediatric acute inpatient rehabilitation.

The collaboration will lead to an acute rehabilitation unit for pediatric patients at Mary Free Bed, where employees from MFB and HDVCH will work together to improve current services and create new ones.

The agreement builds on the 2018 Forum for Collaboration between the organizations and paves the way for future opportunities, with the aim of expanding and improving services in the region while remaining independent organizations.

“We have worked closely with Mary Free Bed for many years and value our shared goal to better serve children by leveraging our respective strengths,” said Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO of Spectrum Health. “This agreement builds on our strong relationship and focuses on the specialized healing care and therapy our children need.”

The idea grew out of treating 11-year-old Lyli Shults, the first patient to benefit from the partnership, which allowed Helen DeVos caregivers to help Mary Free Bed doctors establish a pediatric ventilator program for children who need mechanical assistance. have when breathing.

After Shults’ surgery on Helen DeVos, she was transferred to Mary Free Bed to receive the specialized rehabilitation she needed, while also continuing to provide ventilator counseling and support to Helen DeVos doctors via telehealth.

“We will be thinking about rehabilitation from the time children are admitted to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital because of this partnership,” said Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle. “We’re all excited about how this program will make recovery for children even better.”

The collaboration will save time for families, who would otherwise have to go back and forth between hospitals for pediatric appointments, as well as help the patient not miss critical therapy and rehabilitation time.

The partnership will also improve services for patients requiring post-acute care by having access to both an MFB physiologist and an HDVCH physiologist – physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

“To me, a partnership like this shows that when two separate institutions or two separate companies make themselves available to do what’s best for the patient and family, they can really take advantage of the expertise in both environments,” said Dr. Ajay Khilanani, Medical Director of HDVCH Digital Health, . “Because of the spirit of this partnership and the leaders on both sides who have been instrumental in developing it, I believe it will only advance patient care in this community and region.”

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