GR hospital to make use of automobile as rehabilitation software


Crews lifting {a partially} transformed Ford Taurus into Mary Free Mattress Hospital in dowtown Grand Rapids as a brand new bodily remedy software. (Photograph courtesy of Mary Free Mattress )

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It was definitely one thing you do not see on daily basis: a automobile being lifted by crane up and into the fourth flooring of a constructing in downtown Grand Rapids.

It occurred Saturday morning at Mary Free Mattress, as crews spent about two hours lifting a partial, transformed Ford Taurus into the rehabilitation hospital.

The car is the latest remedy software for the hospital. It will enable sufferers the chance to follow getting out and in of the automobile, managing seats, and adjusting the steering wheel. 

Whereas doing such issues could appear to be a small job for most individuals, it may be troublesome for these who’ve suffered accidents, amputations or accidents.

The brand new software will assist the sufferers re-learn important expertise. 

“(You) cannot go residence until you will get within the automobile. I imply that is the largest factor. We wanna ensure our sufferers can get residence,” Steve Brodnicki, the director of inpatient remedy at Mary Free Mattress, informed 24 Hour Information 8.

“Once they get residence – to have the ability to get to and from physician’s appointments. Getting out and in of your automobile, going to household features, going to church. They should get out and in of their automobile – so it is a big factor for our sufferers.”

As soon as sufferers depart, Mary Free Mattress additionally provides outpatient remedy that takes it to the following step — instructing individuals the way to really drive once more.

The entire projected price greater than $20,000, however Mary Free Mattress stated it will not price them something. The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Basis contributed to the mission. Weller Auto Elements donated the automobile, whereas Niewiek Auto Gross sales transformed it to make it hospital-safe. 

Ebels Development and Arrow Crane Service helped with the set up. 


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