Spectrum Health Lakeland

Lakeland and Mary Free Bed establish orthotics and prosthetics joint venture

May 8, 2019

ST. JOSEPH, Mich., May 8, 2019 — Spectrum Health Lakeland and Mary Free Bed Orthotics and Prosthetics have joined together to create Mary Free Bed Orthotics and Prosthetics at Spectrum Health Lakeland, a joint venture providing advanced orthotic and prosthetic care for patients in southwest Michigan and northern Indiana.

Located at 2500 Niles Road, Suite 9 in St. Joseph, the practice offers certified orthotists and prosthetists from Mary Free Bed who help fit patients with adaptive equipment such as cranial reshaping helmets, artificial limbs, and external braces designed to enhance and improve their functional ability after a serious injury, illness or other debilitating condition.

“Lakeland and Mary Free Bed have worked together for years to meet the needs of our rehabilitation patients and we are pleased to formalize this new relationship,” said Scott Nolte, Director, Lakeland Rehabilitation. “This partnership means patients can find the same high-quality, compassionate rehabilitation care they have come to expect from Lakeland, with the addition of specialized orthotics and prosthetics care available close to home.”

“From the time work began on this joint venture, we recognized Lakeland employees share our passion for serving patients. We’re excited to grow our relationship and provide outstanding orthotic and prosthetic services to southwest Michigan,” said Ron Mishler, Vice President, Mary Free Bed Orthotics and Prosthetics.

“The healthcare industry is centered on collaboration and partnerships and we are looking forward to this new venture with Mary Free Bed as it will help us better serve our rehabilitation patients locally,” said Ray Cruse, Vice President, Business Strategy and Hospitality Services, Spectrum Health Lakeland.

In 2015, Lakeland joined the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers throughout Michigan. The network was established in 2011 to extend Mary Free Bed’s expertise as one of the leading rehabilitation hospitals in the Midwest beyond its current hospitals to other settings, creating a seamlessly integrated system of rehabilitative care for patients.

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About Spectrum Health Lakeland
Spectrum Health Lakeland is a non-profit, community-owned health system serving southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. We offer a full continuum of care and wellness services including three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, a cancer center, and 41 physician practices. Lakeland is a division of Spectrum Health with 30,000 compassionate professionals, 4,100 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. For the second time, Spectrum Health Lakeland was recognized as a 15 Top Health System by IBM Watson Health™. Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph and Lakeland Hospital Niles were also named to the 100 Top Hospitals list in 2014 and 2019.

About Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed Orthotics and Prosthetics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.  Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more than 125 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of 110-plus specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve extraordinary clinical results. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com.


Katie Romero
Communications Specialist
Office: 269.927.5271
Mobile: 269.470.2558
Email: katie.romero@spectrumhealth.org