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Junior Sled Wings earn National Championship

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Sled Wings junior team captured its first youth sled hockey Division A National Championship on Sunday, taking a 4-2 win over the two-time defending champion Bennett Blazers at the 11th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. The Sled Wings, comprised of West Michigan athletes with physical…
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New hospital opening Sunday

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will begin welcoming patients into its new hospital building on Sunday, March 29. The $42 million “West Addition” features 119 private rooms for rehabilitation patients needing acute care, high-tech therapy gyms, a colorful and welcoming environment that encourages greater interaction among staff and patients and many…
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Hospital ribbon-cutting set for today

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will begin welcoming patients into its new hospital building on Sunday, March 29. The $42 million “West Addition” features 119 private rooms for rehabilitation patients needing acute care, high-tech therapy gyms, a colorful and welcoming environment that encourages greater interaction among staff and patients and many…
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Mary Free Bed receives grant for cancer wellness

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has received a $35,000 Health Innovation Grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health. The money will support a cancer wellness and exercise initiative through Mary Free Bed’s Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program. The grants are intended to bridge the gap between good ideas and implementation of health services…
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Michigan State University College of Human Medicine launches Division of Rehabilitation Medicine

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Recognizing the importance of post-acute care, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced the creation of the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine. John F. Butzer, MD, director of the Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, has been selected to head the new division. “Rehabilitation is…
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Mary Free Bed welcomes germ-zapping robot

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CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will welcome a new member to its infectious control team on Monday – a germ-fighting robot that will disinfect patient rooms and other areas of the hospital, significantly reducing the risk of hospital acquired…
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Mary Free Bed appoints new chief medical officer

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Grand Rapids, Mich. – Michael S. Jakubowski, M.D., has been named chief medical officer for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He assumes the role immediately. A member of the Mary Free Bed medical staff since 1987, Dr. Jakubowski is board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as internal medicine. Respected in the…
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MFB cancer rehabilitation experts present at international conference

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Grand Rapids, Mich.  – W. Christian VandenBerg, M.D., chief of staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and medical director of the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed, along with Lorraine Pearl-Kraus, Ph.D., program coordinator, presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, on October 9….
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YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids breaks ground on the new Mary Free Bed YMCA

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CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids broke ground today on a new $30 million facility in Cascade Township which will be the first-of-its-kind Y in the nation to comprehensively implement universal design to serve individuals of all abilities. To commemorate…
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Losing hope not an option for quadruple amputee

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CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Michigan – After contracting sepsis in December, 2013, Pam Buschle of Grand Rapids, Mich. lost her arms and her legs. Despite quadruple amputations, Pam’s sense of humor and can-do attitude never wavered. In May, She walked out of Mary Free Bed…
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