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The pediatric rehabilitation specialists at Mary Free Bed use an integrated team approach to put your child on the path to recovery. Our pediatric program is ranked in the top five percent nationally for patient satisfaction, compared to other independent rehabilitation hospitals. Affordable lodging on campus and nearby make it easy to stay with your child as he or she rehabilitates after serious injury, illness or surgery.

Pediatric Rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Best Children's therapy centers in regionFor more than 125 years, Mary Free Bed has focused exclusively on rehabilitation. Our secure pediatric unit is designed for and used solely by children and teens, with a large therapy gym, age-appropriate social spaces and a procedure room. Specialized treatment spaces and technology maximize your child’s potential for recovery.

Your child’s length of stay depends on individual needs and goals. The average length of stay for our pediatric patients in fiscal year 2016 was less than 22 days, compared to the national average of 25.5 days. Meanwhile, our young patients gained more functional improvement than the regional and national averages, according to WeeFIM data provided by the Uniform Data Set for Medical Rehabilitation.

A number of specialty services (orthotics, prosthetics, custom wheelchair seating, warm water therapy pool, an outdoor Therapath) and therapeutic technology (ArmeoSpring, Lokomat Pro, Vision Coach Interactive Light Board, ZeroG) are available on our Grand Rapids campus to enhance your child’s rehabilitation and promote a better outcome. Click for a look at our scope of services.

The comprehensive therapies and treatment we offer is complemented by our caring culture. We establish personal connections with our patients and their families beginning at your hospital bedside in Ohio. Our Virtual Services use the latest telehealth technology to securely and quickly connect you with our healthcare providers, and our admissions liaisons go the extra mile to make your transfer seamless for you and your family.

Ask for a referral or call us directly: 616.840.8790
Email: admissionscoordinators@maryfreebed.com


A Team Approach to Your Child’s Recovery

Depending on your child’s needs, he or she may see professionals from many disciplines or just a few. Family and friends play an important role in your child’s care and recovery. Our pediatric rehabilitation team is focused exclusively on pediatric care and includes:

pediatric-rehabilitation-childrens-rehabilitation-center-patient-success-and-positive-outcomesRehabilitation doctors specialized in treating pediatric patients
Certified child life specialist
• Pediatric nursing staff
• Pediatric occupational therapists
• Pediatric physical therapists
• Pediatric psychologists
• Pediatric neuropsychologist
• Pediatric recreational therapists
• Pediatric registered dietitians
• Pediatric care managers
• Pediatric speech-language pathologists

Click to learn more about what each member of your child’s rehabilitation team does and what to expect during your child’s stay.

Our specialists help children who have experienced:

• Brain injury, brain-related illnesses and concussion
• Cancer
• Neurological conditions
• Stroke
• Spinal cord injury
• Fractures
• Chronic pain conditions
• Surgery
• Burns
• Other debilitating illnesses and injuries

Watch success stories from young patients who have graduated from our inpatient pediatric program:


Why Mary Free Bed?

Improving the quality of life for children and teens has been an important part of Mary Free Bed’s mission for more than a century. Last year, our inpatient program served more than 150 children and teens, partnering with each one to achieve his or her maximum potential.

pediatric-rehabilitation-wheelchair-and-adaptive-sports-campHere are a few reasons why families choose us for pediatric rehabilitation:

• Our team includes doctors, nurses and therapists who specialize in pediatric rehabilitation. We also have a certified child life specialist

• We have fun! Kids are more likely to participate in therapy – and will be more successful – if they enjoy it. Our innovative staff is adept at using interactive games and other means to captivate and motivate your child.

• The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has endorsed Mary Free Bed with Pediatric Specialty Accreditation, which means we set and meet high standards for family-centered, developmentally appropriate pediatric patient care and satisfaction.

Our comprehensive programs and services include outpatient therapy, orthotics, prosthetics, wheelchair seating, aquatic therapy, driver education and adaptive sports.

Ask for a referral or call us directly: 616.840.8790
Email: admissionscoordinators@maryfreebed.com

Click below to learn more about our program:


Comfortable and Affordable Lodging on Campus

Resources are available to ease the transition process from acute care to inpatient rehabilitation. Your family’s admissions liaison or case manager can talk to you about local lodging options and other helpful resources.

Your child’s private room includes a sleeper couch that allows you to stay right there. The inn at Mary Free Bed provides comfortable and affordable on-campus lodging with spacious rooms. The nearby Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan also is a great option for families.

Grand Rapids, on Michigan’s west side, is less than a five-hour drive from downtown Cleveland. Ample free parking is available on our easy-to-navigate campus. We also offer free valet parking for patients and visitors arriving at our inpatient building.

Your child’s treatment team can provide information to help you better enjoy your stay in Grand Rapids, a clean, friendly city named in New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2016.”

The city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, Experience Grand Rapids, provides in-depth information on family-friendly local restaurants, parks and shopping. This includes many options located within a one- to two-mile radius of our campus.


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