Stories That Move You

Our blog features incredible patient stories, like that of Arlee Rodgers, who has tackled cerebral palsy with determination and spunk.

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Now Hiring Registered Nurses

Mary Free Bed is growing — and we’re seeking outstanding RNs to join our family.

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Every Patient Rehabilitates in a Private Room

Our new hospital features quiet, secure and comfortable patient rooms, each with a pull-out couch, 42-inch TV and spacious bathroom.

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Where Kids Can Be Kids

Mary Free Bed offers inpatient and outpatient pediatric programs, plus clinics and other services designed just for children and teens.

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What We Offer

Need rehabilitation? You have the right to choose where you receive help.

Gaining Strength Outside the Gym

Aquatic Therapy at Mary Free Bed

Our two on-site therapy pools are great for working on muscle strengthening, flexibility and activities such as standing or walking.

A Global Leader for Inclusion and Accessibility

The Mary Free Bed YMCA

The 116,200-square-foot facility is the first building in the world to receive Global Universal Design Certification.

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Barrier-Free Rehabilitation

Meet the ZeroG, a complete gait & balance training system

What happens when you and your therapist are able to focus solely on rehabilitation (without fear of falling)? Click below to see!

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A Winning Combo

Explore your options through Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Adaptive sports teams, clinics & lessons help people to successfully explore a wide variety of recreational activities, including cycling.

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Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics

Patient-centered services available on site

Our certified orthotists and prosthetists provide expertise to help you select the precise adaptive equipment to meet your needs.

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Mary Free Bed Moments

Mary Free Bed's Mark Bennett routinely thinks outside the box to help patients achieve independence. Working with Hamzah Al-Daeni was no exception. The Iraqi teen was hit by shrapnel nearly 10 years ago, losing his right leg and part of his stomach. Mark, a certified orthotist and prosthetist, has helped fit Hamzah with an innovative prosthetic. Watch Hamzah’s story of hope and freedom


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In 2013, Jodi (Mata) Scott sustained severe burn injuries in a house fire. Her fingers and thumbs had to be amputated. With determination, hope and help from Mary Free Bed's specialists, Jodi is now back to many of her favorite activities, including writing. Watch Jodi’s story of hope and freedom

Jodi (Mata) Scott
Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
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Gary Brownell suffered a spinal cord injury in a fall from a ladder. He was determined to get to Mary Free Bed & back on his feet. "We knew this is where we had to end up," Gary said. "We'd heard so many good things." Grit, hard work & state-of-the-art equipment (like the Lokomat) helped Gary walk out of Mary Free Bed on his graduation day. Watch Gary’s story of hope and freedom

Gary Brownell
Spinal Cord Injury Program
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With courage, determination and the support of her Mary Free Bed therapy team, Jamie Spore has achieved many of her goals, including standing and walking. She also was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2016.Read Jamie’s story in her own words

Jamie Spore
Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
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Marcus Fairfield didn't think he'd get to attend the 18-week ultrasound for his first child. Recreational Therapist Kaitlin Salowitz, also expecting her first child, found a way to make it happen for the father-to-be and patient of Mary Free Bed's Spinal Cord Injury Program. Read more about Marcus and his story.

Marcus Fairfield
Spinal Cord Injury Program
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"It was really hard to have a stroke and go through rehab," said Pamela "Pamtastik" Essenburg, a stroke survivor and Mary Free Bed alumna. "I fell in love with about 100 of (my treatment team members). They became like my family...I really don't think there is any place like this." Watch Pam return to Mary Free Bed to say “Thanks”

Pamela Essenburg
Stroke Program
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Our patients often find creative ways to bring joy and healing into the hospital. This was exemplified when then-patient Bob Bernard and son, Seth, treated patients & staff to an intimate musical performance. "I just felt like their songs would ring a bell," Bob said of sharing music with his fellow patients. Watch Bob’s story and hear him play the fiddle with son Seth

Bob Bernard
Deconditioned Program
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Rebekah, 21, and Marion, 100, formed a special connection at Mary Free Bed. Both fell, became rehabilitation roommates and discovered that Marion taught Sunday School to Rebekah’s grandmother. After Marion graduated, she unexpectedly passed away, but not before asking Rebekah to sing at her funeral. Watch their story to learn more. 

Rebekah & Marion
Inpatient Rehabilitation
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“He was doing something he enjoyed, which is why he could stand for so long,” said recreational therapist Steve Wheeler, who asked patient (and former Pentagon barber) Chuck Bifulco for a haircut. “My goal was to help him gain confidence and realize he could still do something he loves. That’s what rec therapy is all about.”

Chuck Bifulco, Scottville, Mich.
Inpatient Rehabilitation
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Julie Scheving had a stroke on April 16, 2009. Five years later, she returned to Mary Free Bed to celebrate how far she's come since that day. Julie arrived with a colorful cake to share with nurses and therapists in a show of gratitude for the care and compassion she received while at Mary Free Bed. Watch Julie’s story to learn more.

Julie Scheving
Stroke Program
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News & Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Mar
28
Tue
12:00 PM Allied Health Grand Rounds @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - Second Floor Conference Room
Allied Health Grand Rounds @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - Second Floor Conference Room
Mar 28 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Louise Merkx-Quinn Topic TBD
Mar
31
Fri
7:30 AM Medical (Interdisciplinary) Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Medical (Interdisciplinary) Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Mar 31 @ 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Speaker: Dr. Michael David, DPM Topic TBD Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital designates this live educational...
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Apr
4
Tue
12:00 PM Case Management/Social Work Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Case Management/Social Work Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Apr 4 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rob Wertkin, MSW, DSW Resiliency This continuing education program is approved for 1 clock hour as recognized by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation is an approved provider with the...
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Apr
5
Wed
6:15 PM Stroke Support Group @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Stroke Support Group @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Apr 5 @ 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Our Stroke Support Group provides an educational and fun forum for stroke survivors and family members to meet and learn about adjusting to the lifestyle changes associated with a stroke. Our patients tell us these monthly...
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Upcoming Events

Mar
28
Tue
12:00 PM Allied Health Grand Rounds @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - Second Floor Conference Room
Allied Health Grand Rounds @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - Second Floor Conference Room
Mar 28 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Louise Merkx-Quinn Topic TBD
Mar
31
Fri
7:30 AM Medical (Interdisciplinary) Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Medical (Interdisciplinary) Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Mar 31 @ 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Speaker: Dr. Michael David, DPM Topic TBD Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is accredited by Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital designates this live educational...
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Apr
4
Tue
12:00 PM Case Management/Social Work Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Case Management/Social Work Gran... @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Apr 4 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rob Wertkin, MSW, DSW Resiliency This continuing education program is approved for 1 clock hour as recognized by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation is an approved provider with the...
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Apr
5
Wed
6:15 PM Stroke Support Group @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Stroke Support Group @ Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital - 2nd floor conference room
Apr 5 @ 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Our Stroke Support Group provides an educational and fun forum for stroke survivors and family members to meet and learn about adjusting to the lifestyle changes associated with a stroke. Our patients tell us these monthly...
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Mary Free Bed
Rehabilitation Hospital

235 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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616.840.8000

1.800.528.8989

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8 am - 8 pm daily