Sparrow, Bud Kouts team up, put Patients on road to recovery

Published: Nov. 15, 2012

Sparrow Patients recovering from orthopedic surgery can now test drive their ability to get behind the wheel, thanks to a collaboration between the Sparrow Foundation and Bud Kouts Chevrolet of Lansing.

Through the generosity of Bud Kouts Chevrolet, a realistic car simulator was installed recently in the Sparrow Orthopedic Unit, giving Patients the chance to learn and practice how to get in and out or drive a car while they recover from knee, hip and other orthopedic surgeries.

According to Kris Tennant, Sparrow Rehabilitation Manager, "This wonderful piece of equipment gives our skilled rehab team the opportunity to provide real-time education in a realistic environment. The ability to practice these skills helps our Patients feel more comfortable going back to their daily routines and ultimately a smoother recovery."

Bud Kouts Chevrolet is also a long-time partner with the Sparrow Foundation on the Hike for Hospice fundraising program.

"Our father, Joseph W. Iding, always taught by example - especially to give back to the community in which you do business," said Dick Iding of Bud Kouts Chevrolet, which he and his two brothers Jim and Pat Iding own and manage. "Sparrow has been wonderful to partner with and we're happy to have worked with them for over 11 years now in giving back to our community."

Bud Kouts Chevrolet, located on Michigan Avenue near Frandor, has been serving the Lansing community for 58 years.