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Michigan State University College of Human Medicine launches Division of Rehabilitation Medicine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Recognizing the importance of post-acute care, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced the creation of the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine. John F. Butzer, MD, director of the Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, has been selected to head the new division.

“Rehabilitation is a critical component of the continuum of care,” said Marsha D. Rappley, MD, dean, MSU College of Human Medicine.  “This new division recognizes the growing need for specialized education in this area and is made possible as a result of our recent affiliation with Mary Free Bed.

Faculty for the division will be comprised primarily of physiatrists, doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

“Exposing medical students to the nuances of rehabilitative care will enhance their training and perhaps even inspire them to pursue a career in physiatry,” stated Butzer. “This division is yet another example of the power of collaboration, and I’m grateful that Dean Rappley selected me to lead it.”

Butzer was chief medical officer at Mary Free Bed for 29 years before stepping down earlier this year to direct the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, acute-care rehabilitation hospital. For more than 120 years, we have served the needs of children and adults – restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation. The scope of rehabilitation services on the Mary Free Bed campus is not found anywhere else in Michigan: 80 acute-care inpatient beds, extensive outpatient programs and home-based services. The combination of comprehensive services and our exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to achieve outstanding clinical results for patients. For additional information, visit www.maryfreebed.com.

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