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Mary Free Bed goes for gold with hospital Olympics

CEO Kent Riddle welcomes employees to the first-ever Mary Free Bed Olympics.

The passing of the "torch."

Bean bag "archery."

The Olympic spirit is strong at Mary Free Bed, where staff were invited to join in the first-ever Mary Free Bed Olympics held this week to coincide with the final week of the official 2016 games, to conclude Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

More than 140 “Olympians” participated in games throughout the week and 27 medals were awarded.

Mary Free Bed Olympics’ opening ceremonies, held August 15, kicked off three days of games and activities that included bean bag “archery,” brain teasers, a wheelchair basketball relay race and golf. Patients and families also had opportunities to show their Olympic pride with patient-centered activities held throughout the month.

“This event is so very Mary Free Bed,” Kent Riddle, CEO, said during opening ceremonies, which included the passing of a flame-free torch.

“The Olympic games represent courage, resilience, persistence, teamwork, strength and the human resolve to push ourselves further than we ever thought possible. What better fit for Mary Free Bed, where every day, patients and caregivers work together to restore hope and freedom?”

The event was coordinated by the hospital’s Wellness and Employee Engagement teams to support Mary Free Bed’s health and wellness goals, and to thank staff for their hard work and dedication.

Click to see a full photo album of #MFBolympics pictures from throughout the week.

Medalists for the week include:

Bean Bag Archery
Gold (tie) – Ellen Kasperlik, Sho Suzuki
Silver (tie) – Tony Norkus, Jaysin Elliot
Bronze – Doug Carney

Wheelchair Basketball – Team Sport
Gold – Marketing
Silver – Finance
Bronze – St. Mary’s Smashers

Gold (tie) – Rachel Morse, Sho Suzuki
Silver – Tony Norkus
Bronze – Jaysin Elliot

Brain Teasers
Gold – Katie Thompson
Silver – Paula Hendriksen
Bronze – Sarah Walters

Gold – Deanna Stoy
Silver – Amanda Proulx
Bronze – Diane Graves

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