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Former patient, Ethan Andrews, came to Magee after a trucking accident caused a spinal cord injury. While here, he made great progress both at the main hospital and the Riverfront facility.

Unfortunately, a brain injury received in the same accident caused a cerebral seizure and Ethan passed away in 2008.

To keep his memory alive, his parents, Fred and Jane Andrews, created the "Ethan's Helping Hand" fund in order to help patients at Magee. Their efforts raised more than $13,000 and this spring the money they raised purchased a Motomed machine for the third floor gym, where Ethan had spent a lot of time working on his recovery.

On Friday, October 16, Mr.& Mrs. Andrews came by Magee to see the Motomed machine in action and to catch up with Dr. Nancy Rosenberg, Remi Ojumo, and Dr Guy Fried who all had a part in Ethan’s care here. Magee's President&CEO, Jack Carroll, stopped by the third flor gym to personally thank Mr.&Mrs. Andrews for their generosity.

Mark Chilutti, Assistant VP of Development, arranged the visit and took them on a tour to see other new things at Magee, like the dialysis unit, the dining room, and the patient resource center. They were thrilled to see therapists working with patients on the piece of equipment that bears their son's name.

“It was a privilege and a pleasure to be back at Magee," said Mr. Andrews. "The place has such vitality, such a good feeling to it. So much is going on, from the new dialysis center to the sparkling new cafeteria to the new library in that light-bathed niche upstairs. Everyone was extremely gracious to us.”

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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