Welcome to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s online resource for therapy and nursing students and residents.
Below is information to help you prepare for clinical rotation at Mary Free Bed, including the documents and forms you must submit prior to your start date.
Please carefully review all sections and associated downloadable PDFs.
Click here for a contact list of therapy and nursing staff who can provide information regarding fieldwork placements and rotations.
Recreational Therapy Fieldwork/Internship Application & Schedule
Click here for application. (For Recreation Therapy Students ONLY)
Please email completed application, resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Brianne Taylor, CTRS
Inpatient Recreation Therapist
235 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Internship and Fieldwork Placements:
Fall Placements (August-December):
Accepting applications until the end of January
Interviewing the 2nd and 3rd week of February
Summer Placements (April-August):
Accepting applications until the end of September
Interviewing the 2nd and 3rd week of October
Accepting applications until the end of May
Interviewing the 2nd and 3rd week of June
Child Life Practicum Application and Details
Click here for application. (For Child Life Practicum ONLY)
Please mail completed application, resume and cover letter to:
Kelsey Combs, CCLS
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
235 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For questions, please email Kelsey Combs at: email@example.com
Mary Free Bed’s child life program will be offering practicum opportunities during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students must have their applications postmarked on or before the deadlines in adherence to the Child Life Council’s recommendations. Late or incomplete applications will be discarded and not considered. Interviews will be scheduled the following two weeks after application deadlines.
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How to Find Mary Free Bed & Where to Park
For your first several days, parking is available on the top floor of the Mary Free Bed parking ramp adjacent to our outpatient buildings. Enter the ramp via the visitor’s entrance on Lafayette Avenue. The driveway is located between the Professional Building (350 Lafayette Ave. SE) and the Mary Ives Hunting Center (360 Lafayette Ave. SE).
A skywalk connects the Professional Building to the two hospital buildings. Access the skywalk from the third floor of the ramp. You’ll be asked to park in a surface lot directly across from the hospital on Wealthy Street once you receive your parking card.
Find additional parking information and maps here.
Student/resident appearance is an important aspect of the impression our visitors and patients have of our services.
Please review and adhere to the specifications outlined in the Mary Free Bed dress code.
Please bring with you the name badge provided by your academic institution. You’ll also be provided with a Mary Free Bed identification badge that must be returned to your clinical supervisor on your final day.
Libraries Available to You
Mary Free Bed has a small library of books and audiovisual materials related to rehabilitation. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s also has a medical library available for student use. Their collection consists of medical, nursing and technical literature.
Available services include orientation to the library, circulation of materials, reference, assistance in locating and using library materials, interlibrary loans (for a fee) and photocopying. You may request a search via the Mary Free Bed Education Department.
In the Event of a Health Emergency
We will follow our hospital emergency procedures if a student is in need of medical attention for any type of injury or health emergency during working hours. We do this just as we would for any employee, patient or visitor.
In such a case, the on duty nursing supervisor will be called immediately to determine the appropriate intervention. This could include an emergency room visit, a physician’s care, the student being sent home or continuing to work. Our Infection Control Coordinator is available in such circumstances to determine if there are risks related to communicable or infectious disease. Students are responsible for any subsequent medical costs.
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all costs incurred. Housing is sometimes available for a weekly or monthly charge with Mary Free Bed staff or elsewhere in the community. For housing inquiries, contact Beth Ferguson, Inpatient Department Secretary at 616.840.9769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dining Options & Meals
You may purchase snacks and meals in the Urban Platter cafeteria on the first floor of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, adjacent to Mary Free Bed. The Urban Platter is open 6:30 am – 7:30 pm and 11 pm to 1 am, 7 days a week.
You may also bring your own meals. Designated refrigerators and microwaves are available in the inpatient and outpatient therapy areas. You may eat in the cafeteria or one of the many “off-stage” areas available to you, such as the staff lounges.