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Mary Free Bed Foundation receives Excellence in Fundraising Award

The Mary Free Bed Foundation has been honored with the 2017 Excellence in Fundraising Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter. The award was presented today at the chapter’s National Philanthropy Day event at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. National Philanthropy Day, established by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, recognizes the impact…
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Tony-winner Ben Vereen set to ‘bring the joy’ to Mary Free Bed Gala

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ben Vereen is a legendary singer, dancer and actor known for his razzle-dazzle smile and bigger-than-life personality. But when he visits Grand Rapids in November, his appearance will be less about entertaining and more about spreading a message of hope. Vereen is the special guest at the fourth annual Mary Free…
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Meet Vandy, Mary Free Bed’s animal-assisted therapy dog

Important new member of Rec Therapy team helps patients on road to recovery GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has a (furry) new family member. Vandy is a 2½-year-old black Labrador retriever who works on Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy team. The sweet-natured pup helps patients meet rehabilitation goals that restore independence….
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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation gives $10,000 to Mary Free Bed

Grant adds bike to fleet, creates state’s only off-road adaptive handcycle program GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to help people with disabilities go places that, until now, have been inaccessible. The grant was used to purchase an…
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Mary Free Bed welcomes inaugural class of PM&R residents

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Four physicians from across the country have begun their post-graduate training in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation as Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital launches its first medical residency program. The rigorous training program, approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, encompasses clinical, educational and research opportunities in…
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2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships attract top players

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Top-ranked wheelchair tennis players from around the world will compete July 7-9 in the 2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Grand Rapids. The outdoor tournament, an International Tennis Federation 3/United States Tennis Association Category II event, is presented by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program. More than…
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Mary Free Bed wins Studer Group Excellence in Patient Care Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has been honored by Studer Group®, a Huron solution, with an Excellence in Patient Care Award for employee engagement. Excellence in Patient Care Awards are presented annually to a select group of organizations from Studer Group’s partner base of hospitals, health systems and physician organizations. “Mary…
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Minority, disability scholarships provide opportunity for a dozen students

Grand Rapids, Mich. — For the second year in a row, Dereck Chavis, 46, received a Mary Free Bed Guild scholarship to continue his studies in occupational therapy. Chavis was among 12 students who received scholarships at a ceremony held June 7. The full list of recipients is below. Chavis was a track and field…
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Paralympians among elite athletes set to compete in River Bank Run

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Three-time Paralympian and World Champion Oksana Masters (top image) and three-time Paralympian Aaron Pike (bottom image) will return to Grand Rapids this week to defend their titles in the Fifth Third River Bank Run. Masters will race in the women’s handcycle division and Pike in the wheelchair racing division. The elite…
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Mary Free Bed opens Meijer Conference Center in renovated Professional Building

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is celebrating the opening of its Meijer Conference Center, a significant feature of the hospital’s $66.4 million expansion and renovation project. Named to recognize a generous gift from The Meijer Foundation, the conference center is the largest gathering place on the hospital’s downtown campus. Grand Rapids…
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