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Lids for Kids and the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet

At Mary Free Bed, we treat hundreds of people each year in our brain injury programs with a focus on helping each patient reach his or her maximum potential. Helmet use while riding a bicycle has been estimated to reduce the odds of head injury by 50 percent according to statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety….
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Bikes for the Rest of Us draws dozens of participants, volunteers

More than 75 children and adults with physical disabilities were introduced to adaptive bicycling during Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s annual Bikes for the Rest of Us event on Saturday. Each participant was paired with a therapist to determine the necessary adaptations that will enable them to pedal alongside their able-bodied friends. “This event helps…
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Parade a tricked-out Halloween treat for pediatric patients

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital teamed with Grand Valley State University engineering students, Owen-Ames-Kimball commercial construction company, the Grand Rapids Police Department, various community volunteers and Grand Rapids parents Chris and Jane Weatherford to make magnificent memories this Halloween for young patients in wheelchairs. Over the years, Chris and Jane have transformed their 9-year-old son…
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West Michigan Whitecaps visit Mary Free Bed

Four members of the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, visited Mary Free Bed on Thursday, Sept. 1, to the joy of pediatric and adult patients alike. Catcher Shane Zeile along with pitchers Sandy Baez, Mark Ecker and Beau Burrows posed for pictures, signed autographs and talked baseball with patients…
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UPDATED: Mary Free Bed Alumna Pam Buschle, Queen of GRIT

UPDATE: Mary Free Bed alumna Pam Buschle has made great strides since she was an inpatient at Mary Free Bed. The East Grand Rapids resident, who recently served as grand marshal for the city’s annual Fourth of July Celebration (sponsored by the city and Mary Free Bed to mark their 125th anniversaries), appeared on WOOD-TV’s…
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Coming soon: Musculoskeletal Clinic at Mary Free Bed YMCA

The innovative new Mary Free Bed YMCA will soon be home to the Mary Free Bed Musculoskeletal Clinic. The clinic will be an extension of therapy to graduates of inpatient and outpatient programs. It also will provide direct access to care for competitive athletes, weekend warriors or anyone suffering from a range of musculoskeletal pain. The…
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Educational opportunities abound at 2015 SCI Symposium

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital was pleased to welcome 160 guests to the 2015 SCI Symposium held Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. The event, “Living | Loving,” covered a wide range of topics and drew a diverse audience. “As leaders in rehabilitation, it’s important for us…
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Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle earns health leadership award

Congratulations to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s chief executive officer Kent Riddle! Kent recently was honored by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association with a 2015 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award. Kent was recognized by the MHA for his role in guiding Mary Free Bed after hospital leaders decided it should remain an independent, community-owned organization. In his…
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Bissell’s Howl-O-Ween boosts pediatric & pet therapy programs

Sometimes, a wagging tail is just the motivation a patient needs to push through an intensive therapy session. That’s where “pet recreation professionals” like Walter and Charlie come into play. The two friendly (and hard-working) dogs are part of the animal-assisted therapy program at Mary Free Bed. Penny Richards, an occupational therapist at Mary Free…
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National Rehabilitation Awareness Week 2015

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is gearing up for National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, celebrated Sunday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 26. Staff and volunteers will get festive with activities like a build-a-scarecrow contest, pie-eating contest and a team cookout. Patients and families are invited to join in the fun for events like themed wardrobe days…
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