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Pam Buschle named grand marshal of East Grand Rapids 4th of July parade

Pam Buschle and friends celebrate

East Grand Rapids, Mich. (June 27, 2016) – Long-time East Grand Rapids native and community supporter Pam Buschle has been named grand marshal for the city’s annual Fourth of July Celebration. The event this year is being sponsored by the City of East Grand Rapids and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Both are celebrating 125-year…
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Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital capital campaign exceeds goal

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Mary Free Bed’s “Join the Movement” capital campaign, the largest in the hospital’s 125-year history, has exceeded its $16 million goal by nearly $1 million. The campaign supports the $66.4 million expansion and renovation project that includes the West Building, making Mary Free Bed the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the…
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Mary Free Bed and Residential Home Health create Mary Free Bed at Home

Grand Rapids, Mich. (June 3, 2016) – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Residential Home Health announce a new joint venture, effective today, which will provide expanded home health services to West Michigan patients. As a Medicare-certified home health provider, Mary Free Bed at Home offers customized, in-home care, including skilled nursing, physical and occupational…
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Mary Free Bed launches medical residency program

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the United States, will soon offer a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program. The new three-year program was recently approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). “Mary Free Bed has been a leader in the field…
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Mary Free Bed mourns passing of Dr. Swanson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Dr. Alfred Swanson, internationally known for his pioneering work in hand surgery and the development finger joint replacements, died Wednesday, April 27. He was 93. Swanson had a long association with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, where he was a member of the medical staff, served three terms totaling eight years…
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Susan Ford Bales attends Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program dedication

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital officially dedicated the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, April 12. Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, was in attendance. The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program, which provides high-quality, cost-effective rehabilitative care…
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NASC members raise thousands for Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Grand Rapids, Mich. — The National Association of Sports Commissions’ (NASC) Sports Legacy Fund on Thursday, April 7, 2016, presented $27,000 to Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program (WAS). The money was raised during the 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium hosted April 3-7 in downtown Grand Rapids. It is the highest-ever amount of any NASC Sports…
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Guild President Kim Ridings among 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Guild President Kim Ridings has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She is among the region’s most influential women business owners, leaders, policy-shapers and decision-makers chosen for the honor. The honorees will be recognized during a March…
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