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Striving to create and foster a diverse and inclusive workforce affords everyone opportunities for growth and success.
Here’s what some of our employees have to say:
Dr. Beth Blackbird
Team member since 2002
The opportunity to serve patients and the commitment she witnesses by others to do the same is what Dr. Blackbird enjoys most about working at Mary Free Bed. That commitment includes a focus on diversity and inclusion.
“I think (this) work is something that is never done and an ongoing direction to head, something to take into our hearts and be very intentional about in countering internalized biases and privileged blind spots,” she said. “It is not so much a question of how Mary Free Bed is doing, but how we on staff are each doing on that journey; it’s an issue of personal (as well as corporate) responsibility.”
Chief Clinical Operations Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network
Team member since 2002
Bruce became acquainted with Mary Free Bed long before he became an employee. He worked as a nursing leader at a local trauma center that referred patients to Mary Free Bed for care. His child also needed services provided by Mary Free Bed, and before that, his mother was a volunteer when the hospital was located on Cherry Street.
Today, as COO of the Network, Bruce supports teams in many rehabilitation units across the state and northern Indiana.
“While each partner hospital has unique features, there are many things that we have in common, and we have developed strong partnerships,” he said. “I take very seriously the responsibility to be the executive working closely with our partners throughout the Network.”
Rehabilitation care is extremely personal, Bruce said, noting interpersonal connections are critical to the best outcomes, which occurs through mutual trust and respect.
“Each employee at Mary Free Bed brings a unique perspective based on their training and experience,” he said. “We share a common commitment to our patients. Mary Free Bed has taken many steps to recognize, appreciate and respect each employee and each customer.”
Interprofessional Documentation Specialist, Nursing Administration
Team member since 2015
Mitchelle’s proud to be part of the Mary Free Bed family.
“Our staff members are phenomenal – they’re dedicated to their patients and do a great job to ensure they regain the highest functionality prior to returning home,” she said. “I have experienced many miracles here.”
Since she joined Mary Free Bed, Mitchelle has advanced into different leadership positions and felt fully supported by her manager.
“My upline was always encouraging growth in different areas, encouraging participation on committees and events related to my field,” she said. “I’ve seen others grow in different capacities, too.”
She’s also encouraged by Mary Free Bed’s efforts toward diversity and inclusion: “I think MFB is doing a good job actively engaging staff, like sending out monthly newsletters, planning activities honoring different minority groups and offering scholarships.”
Stacey Willis Jr.
Team member since 2019
What does Stacey enjoy most about working at Mary Free Bed? “I love the warm environment – everyone’s friendly.” He also appreciates being supported in his job.
“I’m respected for my contributions,” Stacey said, noting he’s been acknowledged for his work by teammates, his manager and “even” CEO Kent Riddle. “Mary Free Bed supports its employees and provides opportunities for growth and development.”
He also appreciates that diversity and inclusion is valued.
“I see it daily in our work environment,” Stacey said. “We even have monthly celebrations that highlight various cultures as well as education opportunities.”