Frequently Asked Questions About Mary Free Bed's Renovation and Construction Project


Will Mary Free Bed still be admitting patients during construction and renovation?

Absolutely! There will be no changes to our admission process during construction and renovation. We'll continue to provide the same quality care even while we're building and making changes.

How will I find my way around Mary Free Bed during this project?

When you arrive at Mary Free Bed, please take a moment to check in with reception and to look at the latest way finding information located near each entrance. You can also view, download, and print maps to make your visit to Mary Free Bed smoother ►

Will parking stay the same during construction and renovation?

Parking will be affected during the project. To take the headache and confusion out of parking during this time, patients and visitors are encouraged to use our no-charge valet parking service. Just pull up to the front door at 235 Wealthy Street SE and someone will be there to greet you during the hours of 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, and to park your car. Mary Free Bed employees will park in the south lot across from the hospital. Find the latest parking information here ►

What are the details of the project?

Mary Free Bed is building a new 270,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its hospital at 235 Wealthy Street SE. The new facility will include one floor of 48 new, private patient rooms with larger living areas and more family-friendly amenities. One floor in the four-story facility will be dedicated to 48 skilled nursing beds allowing Mary Free Bed to close a gap in the care it offers patients. Mary Free Bed will also renovate portions of the existing buildings on campus, affecting an additional 200,000-square-feet.

270,000 Square-Foot Breakdown

  • Occupied space: 190,000 square-feet
  • Parking space: 80,000 square-feet

New Facility Highlights

  • Larger therapy areas. New therapy rooms will provide additional leading-edge rehabilitation services. Inpatient therapy will be located on the inpatient floor and outpatient therapy will be consolidated to the Mary Free Bed main building.
  • New, state-of-the-art equipment for new and existing therapy rooms. Mary Free Bed is one of the first rehabilitation facilities in Michigan to offer patients robot-assisted walking therapy using a Lokomat®, a driven gait orthosis that automates locomotion therapy on a treadmill and improves the efficiency of treadmill training.
  • Enhanced family accommodations. Mary Free Bed will improve accommodations for families who want to stay close to loved ones being treated at our facility. The hospital is expanding its current Mary Free Bed Inn from 6 to 10 rooms. Mary Free Bed will also add 8 rooms dedicated to pediatric patient families.

Clinical Features

  • Planning for 167 inpatient beds (currently 80 inpatient beds)
    • Making application for 39 additional acute rehabilitation beds
    • 48 new skilled nursing beds complete the continuum of rehabilitation care
  • An additional 3,000 patients will be served annually
  • All patient rooms will be private with private baths
  • Charting cubicles will be located every six rooms for nurses/ nurse technicians
  • Specialized therapy gyms will be located on patient floors
  • Project supports new program development such as The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program

General Information

  • Destination locations for patients and families include: a café, salon, rooftop terrace, library areas, chapel, social areas, and a movie locale
  • Hundreds of local construction and renovation personnel are employed on the project
  • 250-350 new Mary Free Bed positions will be created in skilled nursing, therapy, and related-health specialties
  • Growing inventory of specialized medical programs in west Michigan will be enhanced

What will renovations entail?

Mary Free Bed will also renovate approximately 200,000-square-feet of its existing hospital, transforming its current semi-private rooms into all-private patient rooms. The hospital's entry and way finding will be simplified for ease-of-use with dynamic spaces throughout the campus.

Will the location of outpatient therapy services change?

All outpatient care services, which are currently delivered in two separate buildings, will be consolidated and housed in the hospital. These include all clinic services, pediatric care, and adult rehabilitation. Additionally, the Mary Free Bed’s Orthotics and Prosthetics group, including clinic and offices, will be united under a single roof.

What are the design objectives of the renovation and construction?

Mary Free Bed has five objectives for our project. They include:

  • Experience - Create the best experience for our patients.
  • Inspiration - Create an inspirational environment of health and wellness.
  • Growth - Create an opportunity for flexibility of services and growth beyond the current area.
  • Excellence - Be recognized as one of the nation's best rehabilitation hospitals.
  • Efficiency - Efficiently use staff and square footage.

Mary Free Bed announced its construction and renovation projects awhile ago. Why did it take so long to start the project?

As Mary Free Bed completed an in-depth design review of the project and began considering all patient and staff needs, we realized we needed far more input from staff than originally anticipated. Mary Free Bed and the design team met extensively with staff for feedback on current and future space, equipment, and technology. Mary Free Bed is working hard to make sure the new and renovated facilities support its patients in the best possible way.

Who is Mary Free Bed's construction company?

The general contractor for the core and shell phase of the new addition is The Christman Company.

Will construction and renovation affect patient care?

Patient care will not be affected. Patients can expect to receive the best care possible.

When will construction start? When will it end?

Construction begins the end of March 2013 and is expected to be complete by fall 2014.

Who do I contact with questions?

You can find all the contact information you need here ►