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Fine Arts Exhibition showcases works by artists with disabilities

More than 80 works of art, from paintings to photographs and drawings, will be featured in the Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition, which opens Monday and runs through June 27. The 35th annual event, sponsored by the Mary Free Bed Guild, will spotlight pieces by 31 artists with disabilities. The exhibition kicks off with…
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Bikes for the Rest of Us draws dozens of participants, volunteers

More than 75 children and adults with physical disabilities were introduced to adaptive bicycling during Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s annual Bikes for the Rest of Us event on Saturday. Each participant was paired with a therapist to determine the necessary adaptations that will enable them to pedal alongside their able-bodied friends. “This event helps…
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Mary Free Bed opens Meijer Conference Center in renovated Professional Building

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is celebrating the opening of its Meijer Conference Center, a significant feature of the hospital’s $66.4 million expansion and renovation project. Named to recognize a generous gift from The Meijer Foundation, the conference center is the largest gathering place on the hospital’s downtown campus. Grand Rapids…
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Grand Rapids Sled Wings capture national championship

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Sled Wings clinched its first sled hockey national championship during the 2017 USA Hockey Disabled Festival April 6-9 in San Jose, Calif. The Sled Wings defeated the Colorado Warrior Avalanche, 5-2, in the title game. The Sled Wings, a team of Michigan athletes with physical disabilities, are sponsored…
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Bronson South Haven Hospital joins Mary Free Bed Network

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Bronson South Haven Hospital is the newest member to join the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers dedicated to enhancing patient care and rehabilitation services throughout Michigan. The network was established in 2011 to extend Mary Free Bed’s expertise and specialized services to other settings,…
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Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers win national NWBA championship

The Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers captured the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Junior Division Varsity Championship during the March 30-April 2 tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. The Junior Pacers – ranked the No. 4 seed – defeated the Georgia-based BlazeSports Junior Hawks, 54-36, to clinch the title. The Junior Pacers, a…
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‘Put Your Best Fork Forward’ for National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, and Mary Free Bed’s nutrition team is excited to celebrate all things wellness. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected “Put Your Best Fork Forward” as this year’s theme. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about putting your best fork forward? Bites of food!…
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New Bone Health Program at Mary Free Bed designed to fight, manage osteoporosis

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has launched a Bone Health Program focused on the prevention and treatment of bone diseases, particularly osteoporosis, that affect millions of Americans every year. Osteoporosis is a startlingly common condition that can affect overall wellness and longevity. About 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone…
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Legacy lives on in artwork donated to Mary Free Bed

Pat Seanor met Larry O’Toole in 1969, when they were students at Grand Rapids Junior College. The young, aspiring artists struck up a friendship that continued until Larry’s death in 1986 following a lifelong struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. Larry was just 34 when he died, but his legacy is preserved in his large scope of…
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