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Mary Free Bed Breaks Ground for Major Project and Announces Groundbreaking Rehabilitation Program [4.09.2013]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital broke ground today on a $54 Million expansion and renovation project and announced The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
Celebrate Hockey Day in Michigan Mary Free Bed Sled Wings Style [2.16.13]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Sled Wings Hockey Team is hosting players from across the Midwest to celebrate Hockey Day in Michigan and “Hockey Weekend Across America.”
Mary Free Bed Wheelchair Basketball Coach to be Inducted into National Hall of Fame [2.16.13]
Lee Montgomery, head coach of the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports basketball team, will be inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame for his achievements as a player, coach, and mentor.
Tennis League "Run/Rolls" Into 8th Season [1.23.13]
The Grand Rapids Winter Run/Roll Tennis League will host the first of four indoor matches on January 26, 2013.
Mary Free Bed Guild Announces Additions to the 2013 Rive Bank Run Wheelchair and Handcycle Divisions [1.9.13]
The Mary Free Bed Guild announces the addition of the Masters Handcycle and 5K Wheelchair and Handcycle Divisions to the 2013 Fifth Third River Bank Run.
Tennis Tournament to Benefit Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program [1.3.13]
Mary Free Bed hosts the 9th Annual Adult Doubles Charity Tennis Tournament.
A Holiday Visit from Charley, the Therapy Dog [12.21.12]
Charley, a five-year-old golden retriever, visits Mary Free Bed patients on Christmas Eve.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Rolls out Red Carpet for Employee Number 1,000 [12.17.12]
The hospital has experienced unusual growth during the past 17 months. Between July 2011 and December 2012, 267 additional staff members have been added for a 36% increase.
2012 Swanson Pediatric Christmas Party [12.13.12]
Well-known Grand Rapids orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alfred B. Swanson makes the season brighter for Mary Free Bed pediatric patients.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Presents the 2012 Spinal Cord Injury Symposium [11.15.12]
The symposium brings together experts in the field of spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation.
Grand Rapids Thunder Hosts Thunderfest - 2nd Annual Quad Rugby Tournament [10.16.12]
Grand Rapids welcomes 6-8 national division 2 and division 3 quad rugby teams October 20-21.
First Vehicle Manufactured Specifically for Wheelchair Users Stops at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital [9.13.12]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is welcomed the first, off the factory line, wheelchair accessible motor vehicle.
Muskegon Motorcycle Gang Member Released from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - Escorted Back Home by Motorcycle Motorcade [9.4.12]
Hundreds of riders celebrated patient's release from Mary Free Bed by escorting him back home.
Whitecaps Player Appearance at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital [8.21.12]
Patients of all ages will have the opportunity to meet with West Michigan Whitecaps players, get autographs, and enjoy refreshments.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Appoints New VP of Orthotics & Prosthetics [8/8/12]
Patrick Logan is the new vice president of operations and development for Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics.
Sparrow and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospitals Collaborate on Rehabilitation Care [7/25/12]
Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital formalized an agreement to strengthen and expand a long-standing practice of working together to provide rehabilitation care.
Mary Free Bed to Host 2012 Midwest Wheelchair Championship July 12-15 [7/12/12]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will host 70 top wheelchair tennis players from the United States and Canada for the 2012 Midwest Wheelchair Championship, July 12-15.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Appoints Fundraising Leaders [7/11/12]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has named two well-known west Michigan residents to lead its new fundraising program.
Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center Names New CEO [6/28/12]
The Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center Board of Trustees named Kevin Arnold the new chief executive officer.
Mary Free Bed Invests in New Robotic Technology to Help Patients Regain Walking Skills [6/5/12]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is the first hospital in West Michigan – and one of only a few in the Midwest – to provide patients treatment with a Lokomat®Pro.
Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center Joins Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network [5/24/12]
Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center in Battle Creek has joined the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, making it the seventh health care organization to partner with the Grand Rapids-based rehabilitation hospital.
First Rehabilitation Hospital in Michigan To Host Online Exhibit by Disabled Artists [4/15/12]
For the first time, the Mary Free Bed Guild Fine Arts Exhibition is hosted online to increase visibility for the artists and showcase their talents.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Mercy Health Partners Announce Collaboration [3/27/12]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is now providing management services to the Mercy Health Partners (MHP) inpatient rehabilitation unit in Muskegon.
Pennant Health Alliance Announces Two New Members [2/1/12]
Pennant Health Alliance announced that Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in will join the alliance.
Mary Free Bed Guild Continues to Support Wheelchair and Handcylce Divisions [1/12/12]
The Mary Free Bed Guild has been a proud sponsor of the Fifth Third River Bank Run since 1989.
Mary Free Bed Announces Strategic Alliance with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago [11/1/11]
Hospitals Will Partner on System Development & Collaborative Research; Mary Free Bed Expects to Grow Services, Reduce Healthcare Costs, Add Jobs
Metro Health is First Hospital to Join New Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network [9/15/11]
In a move designed to enhance rehabilitation care for patients, Metro Health has become the first hospital in Michigan to join the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network.
Prominent West Michigan Institutions Join with U.S. Department of Defense [11/10]
A unique research partnership between Grand Valley State University and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will allow some West Michigan wounded veterans to get the specialized care they need close to home. [Wounded Warriors Project]
Medical Paperwork Alert! [5/21/10]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Orthotics & Prosthetics group is issuing a “Medical Paperwork Alert!” to all physicians who treat patient’s diabetes. The O&P group at Mary Free Bed has been getting diabetic patients referred but has to send the patient back for the correct paperwork. [Orthotics & Prosthetics]
Tough New School Concussion Protocols a Brain Changer [5/19/10]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Sports Concussion specialists predict that the just released Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) concussion protocols will provide a new level of brain trauma prevention for 300,000 high school athletes. [Post-Concussion Program]
Mary Free Bed Receives 2009 State Quality Award [3/23/10]
Mary Free Bed received the 2009 State Quality Award.
Michigan Quality Council Names Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital 2009 State Quality Award Recipient [9/12/09]
The Michigan Quality Leadership Award is the highest honor for organizational performance excellence in the state.
Strengthened health insurance coverage provides more relief - new provisions remedy pain in patients’ pocketbooks
Roughly 100,000 people in west Michigan suffer chronic pain, headaches or live with fibromyalgia and other energy sapping conditions. [The Pain Center]
Safety belt enforcement effort aims to reach unbuckled drivers - crash victims share stories of survival, rehabilitation [5/11/09]
Because the best way to prevent death or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash is to wear a seat belt, law enforcement officers have teamed with the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to kick off the May Buckle Up or Pay Up, Click it or Ticket mobilization.
Mental toughness: End that losing streak! [11/2008]
Our Detroit Lions are now 0-11. Losing feels terrible. You practice hard, and play hard, and sometimes you still lose. When you lose a few in a row, anger and frustration builds. You may try “harder” to win, yet the losing continues. [Performance Excellence Center]
Mary Free Bed announces its summer 2008 youth adapted sports and recreation programs[05/28/2008]
Summer is here, and children of all ages will be searching for memorable and fun activities. To that end, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has announced its 2008 Summer Adapted Sports and Recreation Program schedule for children and teenagers. [Pediatric Adaptive Sports Program]
Mary Free Bed to host SaeboFlexTM event [05/2008]
Mary Free Bed will host a free community-wide SaeboFlex™ event for people with an impaired hand and/or arm as a result of a stroke or brain injury. The event will provide information about SaeboFlex, the latest tool in the arsenal for regaining upper extremity function.
The 26th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital underway [04/2008]
The 26th Annual Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Fine Arts Exhibition focuses on the contributions of Michigan artists 18 years and older who are physically challenged. [Mary Free Bed Guild Arts Exhibition]
Three healthcare institutions announce dedication of ALS Clinic in Grand Rapids [02/11/08]
A unique collaboration of three major west Michigan institutions has created a comprehensive center for patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or, as it’s commonly known, Lou Gehrig’s disease). [ALS Center]
Breakthrough prosthetics now available through Mary Free Bed [10/2/07]
Two types of advanced prosthetic technologies used to benefit injured military personnel are now available to amputee patients in West Michigan through the orthotics and prosthetics department of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. [Orthotics & Prosthestics]
New program offers treatment to help kids walk easier [10/27/07]
The Advanced Management of Pediatric Spasticity program (AMPS) offers children who suffer from spasticity six treatment options. [AMPS Program]
Avid hunter continues sport after spinal injury [01/21/08]
After falling from a tree stand in 1999, hunter Breck Lonier, now 44, sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury that left him in a wheelchair. [Adaptive Sports Program]
West Michigan's only adapted water ski clinic to be held August 10 [07/25/07]
Water skiing for the disabled is just one of the adapted sports and recreational activities that Mary Free Bed and Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department are offering for the remainder of the summer. [Adaptive Sports Program]
Athletes with disabilities to demonstrate specialty divisions planned for River Bank Run [03/07]
Disabled athletes to demonstrate wheeling and handcycling in anticipation of Fifth Third River Bank Run. [Adaptive Sports Program]
Grand Rapids rehabilitation hospital features patients in new TV spot [10/23/06]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will use television as one of three mediums to build its brand image and share its story about restoring hope and freedom to people with disabilities.
Former Detroit Lions guard Mike Utley to headline disability event at Mary Free Bed [04/19/06]
Since he was paralyzed in a football game on November 17, 1991, former Detroit Lions offensive guard Mike Utley has sought to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries through the Mike Utley Foundation. [Spinal Cord Injury Program]
Mary Free Bed uses new Grand Rapids YMCA for fitness program for patients with spinal cord injuries [04/06/06]
Breakthroughs in spinal cord injury research have been occurring so rapidly in recent years that scientists now define the prospects for eventual recovery as a matter of “when” and not “if.” [Spinal Cord Injury Program]
New ID card to help people with speech impairments communicate with others [03/16/06]
A rehabilitation specialist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has developed a special ID card that will make it easier for people with speech impairments to notify others of their condition. [Communication Impartment Alert Card - Stroke Program]
Driver rehabilitation specialist available to offer insight into issues facing senior drivers [11/11/05]
As our senior population grows, so does the debate about driving age. The central question: How old is too old? A close second: Who's to say when it’s time to stop? [Driver Rehab Program]
Mary Free Bed first in Midwest to offer biofeedback for neuromuscular re-education [Summer 2006]
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital of Grand Rapids, Mich., announced today that it has opened a Biofeedback Laboratory for Neuromuscular Re-education. [Biofeedback Program]