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Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed Forge Partnership to Expand Inpatient Rehabilitation Care

This week, leaders from Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed signed a partnership agreement to form a 50-50 joint venture. Working together, Covenant and Mary Free Bed will bring advanced rehabilitation care to Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Aerial view of Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw.

Located in Saginaw, Covenant HealthCare is a 642-bed health care system. Providing quality inpatient rehabilitation has long been part of the care delivered to patients. The team believed the time was right to expand and enhance these services, looked extensively at options and ultimately selected Mary Free Bed as a rehabilitation partner.

Nationally recognized for excellent patient satisfaction and rehabilitation outcomes, specialists from Mary Free Bed will share expertise, educational programs and research opportunities to expand and enhance services. The organizations also are exploring plans to design and construct a new freestanding center in Saginaw. In the meantime, the current inpatient rehabilitation area will be updated.

“This partnership underscores Covenant’s focus on our patients’ needs and the needs of their families,” notes Ed Bruff, Covenant President and CEO. “Patients and their families travel across the state to receive the advanced inpatient rehabilitation care that Mary Free Bed so wonderfully delivers. We are excited to see what this partnership will bring to patients in our community.”

“Covenant is an organization with parallel values and a reputation for providing outstanding care,” said Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle. “We’re thrilled to expand our services to Saginaw through this partnering.”

Covenant is the newest member of the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an alliance of 32 hospitals with 369 inpatient rehabilitation beds and more than 2,000 rehabilitation specialists across Michigan.

About Covenant HealthCare
One of the most comprehensive health care providers north of metro Detroit, Covenant HealthCare is a non-profit health system that offers a broad spectrum of programs and services throughout east central Michigan. With more than 4,800 employees and a 642-bed hospital, services range from high-risk obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric intensive care to acute care, including a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, robotic surgery, bariatric services, rehabilitation and more, using leading-edge medicine. Learn more at covenanthealthcare.com.

About Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more than 125 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of 110-plus specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve extraordinary clinical results. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com

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