Origami Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of Serving the Community

April 7, 2022, marks a significant milestone for Origami Rehabilitation; today and throughout the year we are celebrating twenty-five years of serving the community. In those twenty-five years, we have had the honor of serving 2500 individuals and their families!

Origami, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was born out of a unique and innovative partnership between Peckham, Inc., and Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to meet a great need in the community and provide exceptional rehabilitation in the Mid-Michigan area.

On April 7, 1997, Origami opened a residential program specializing in serving adults with traumatic brain injury. Over the last two decades, we have gradually expanded to become a unique multi-dimensional continuum of residential and outpatient care serving children, adolescents, and adults with neurological, developmental, mental health, and orthopedic conditions. Origami has strategically diversified its population served and maximized access to care for individuals with diagnoses such as Cerebral Palsy, movement disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, neurological deficits stemming from aneurysm, seizures, and/or tumor, neuromuscular disease, orthopedic injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Post-Concussion Syndrome, spinal cord injury, stroke, mental health conditions, speech, language, and oral motor conditions, traumatic brain injury, and more.

The name Origami is based on the ancient art of paper folding. Like the detailed architecture of paper folding, Origami’s specialized care and support bring shape and dimension back into the lives of the individuals they serve. Origami supports individuals and their families through each intricate detail and fold of the recovery journey to help them gain greater independence.

Origami has reached some distinct milestones throughout its twenty-five years. In 1997, Origami obtained its first accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and has diligently maintained this level of commitment to quality. In 2000, its first full-time occupational therapist, Tammy Hannah, was hired, who would go on to serve as its President & CEO. In 2016, Origami completed a significant expansion on its Mason campus, including a remodeled therapy clinic with an expanded gym, additional staff offices, an assisted living home, and more. And in 2021, underwent a name change from Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center to Origami Rehabilitation and opened its first satellite outpatient clinic in Lansing.

"It's surreal to think we've been serving the Mid-Michigan area and beyond for twenty-five years now. Although many things have changed and advanced at Origami over the years, one symbol has remained, the Origami crane. The crane symbolizes a long, productive life, and helping our clients achieve that will always be at the core of what we do. I am filled with gratitude as we celebrate this significant milestone with our clients, team, and the community," said Tammy Hannah as she reflected on an incredible twenty-five years of serving the community.