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OrthoSEAT team members’ story on mobility selected for cover of Rehab Management

Congratulations to OrthoSEAT team leader Cara Masselink and Matt Lefevre, a physical therapist in the program, for their cover story in the July/August edition of Rehab Management magazine. Their piece, “Mobility Technology: Only as Good as the Training” discusses how matching mobility technologies to user need is essential for comfort and function, and to enable…
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Dr. Chris VandenBerg heads out on six-month adventure

The Mary Free Bed family bid a fond farewell to Dr. Chris VandenBerg as he embarks on a six-month sabbatical to travel with his wife, Betsy. Dr. VandenBerg, chief of staff and medical director of the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program, is scheduled to return in January. Mary Free Bed’s oncology rehabilitation team surprised…
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Nurse Anna-Marie Lipka honored as ‘Everyday Hero’ for saving man’s life

Anna-Marie Lipka says she was just doing her job. Kara George is thankful she was. Kara’s husband, Andy, was driving east on Int. 96 in Ionia County the evening of Dec. 1 when he lost consciousness. Anna-Marie, a registered nurse at Mary Free Bed, was traveling behind him with her husband, Ben, when she noticed…
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An amazing year at Mary Free Bed: 2015 wrap-up

From grand openings to amazing patient and staff stories, 2015 was an eventful year for the Mary Free Bed family. Among this year’s events: opening of the new hospital featuring 167 private rooms, leading-edge technology and outstanding patient amenities (March) opening of the Mary Free Bed YMCA, a global leader in accessible and inclusive design…
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Advances in foot drop rehabilitation benefit wide range of patients

There have been tremendous strides in foot drop rehabilitation in the last few decades, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital therapists have stayed in step with all the latest developments. “Foot drop” is the term commonly used to describe a difficulty in lifting the front part of the foot while walking. Foot drop can mean an…
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New program offers in-depth rehab services in outpatient setting

When Mary Free Bed’s Day Rehab Program launches this fall, it will help to address a growing rehabilitation need by “bridging the gap between inpatient and outpatient levels of care.” Patients attend 4-hour sessions, 2-5 days a week, participating in physical, occupational and speech therapy. Additional time is allotted for exploring related rehabilitation services. Coordinated,…
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It’s a girl! Recreational therapist helps father-to-be attend ultrasound

Marcus Fairfield, 27, didn’t think he’d get to attend the 18-week ultrasound for his first child. With a bit of creativity, teamwork and careful planning by Mary Free Bed Recreational Therapist Kaitlin Salowitz, Marcus was able to be in the room when he and his girlfriend, Liz, learned they would become parents to a baby girl this November. Kaitlin…
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Drivers with physical challenges remaining behind the wheel

The Driver Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed offers patients the opportunity to safely return to the driver’s seat. Learn more about Driver Rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed by reading the story — published Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the Grand Rapids Press — below. [Click the image for a larger view, or click to…
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Mary Free Bed at Sparrow: See the grand opening & new facilities [Video & Photos]

The first phase of renovations and expansion of the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit is complete, with 30 private patient rooms now open. This joint venture of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Sparrow Hospital eventually will expand the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Sparrow to 40 private patient rooms and two state-of-the-art therapy…
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2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run wrap-up [Photos & Video]

Congratulations to everyone who rolled, ran or walked through a very rainy — but exciting! — Fifth Third River Bank Run on Saturday, May 9, in downtown Grand Rapids. Below is a wrap-up of Mary Free Bed’s 2015 River Bank Run experience, including photos, video and news coverage. Thank you to our handcycle and wheelchair…
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