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In 2008, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa was asked by the US Army to create training materials that would help teach Iraqi citizens how to properly use wheelchairs. Magee obliged, and the materials, including a video—which Magee staff volunteered their time to work on—has now been used all over the world.

Even Skokie, Illinois.

This March,Unity Hospice,LLC whose mission is to provide comprehensive care, support, and education to people facing life-limiting disease, those who care for them and the community discovered the video through the internet and began using it in their training program.

"After viewing the video online, I recognized it as a very good tool that would enhance our care-giving training," said Stanley Glenn, Regional Durable Medical Equipment Coordinator for Unity Hospice, LLC. "I contacted Magee and they said I could use the video. It’s very professional. The camera angles and the narrative are perfectly matched up, making it easy to retain a large amount of information. The concern shown to the patient, as well as the care-giver, by pointing out proper ergonomic procedures was very well done. On behalf of our caregivers and patients, thank you, Magee, for providing a very well done training tool."

"We’re very proud of our partnership with the US Army in creating this video," said Deb Kucera, Director of Therapy at Magee. "And we were honored to be awarded American flags that flew over the US Embassy in Baghdad as a thank you. But the fact that the video is being discovered and used to help more and more people like those at Unity Hospice is most rewarding to all of us who were involved."

The video production Department of Independence Blue Cross, and FlatWorld Productions (both in Philadelphia) donated their time, equipment, and expertise to shoot, edit, and produce the video.

To see the video, click here.


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.


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