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New hospital opening Sunday

ExteriorGrand 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 other amenities designed by patients, for patients.

Media are welcome to cover the opening, which entails relocating approximately 70 pediatric and adult patients. Due to privacy concerns for patients, please call or email to make arrangements in advance. The move is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Sunday and continue into early afternoon.

The West Addition is the first phase of a $66.4 million expansion and renovation project on the Mary Free Bed campus. The building also includes 42 private rooms for sub-acute rehabilitation. When the sub-acute unit opens within the next several weeks, Mary Free Bed will become the fifth largest free-standing rehabilitation hospital in the country.

WHEN: Beginning 9 a.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

WHERE: 235 Wealthy St. SE (northeast corner of Jefferson Avenue and Wealthy Street); surface parking available on the east side of the new building

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, acute-care rehabilitation hospital. For more than 120 years, we have served the needs of children and adults – restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation. The scope of rehabilitation services on the Mary Free Bed campus is not found anywhere else in Michigan: 80 acute-care inpatient beds, extensive outpatient programs and home-based services. The combination of comprehensive services and our exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to achieve outstanding clinical results for patients. For additional information, visit www.maryfreebed.com.

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