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Mary Free Bed Invitational draws 100 National Wheelchair Basketball Association athletes

Grand Rapids, Mich. – More than 100 wheelchair basketball athletes from across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario, Canada will compete Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Mary Free Bed Invitational. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament will be held at the universally designed Mary Free Bed YMCA, which is marking its…
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Kalkaska Memorial Health Center joins Mary Free Bed Network

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Kalkaska Memorial Health Center and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have signed an agreement that supports improving the quality of care for patients and enhancing rehabilitation services at Kalkaska Memorial. The agreement brings Kalkaska Memorial Health Center into the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers…
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Mary Free Bed Medical Group welcomes pediatric physiatrist, pain specialist, physician’s assistant to team

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Voss, a specialist in pediatric rehabilitation; Dr. Rebekah Rajlich, a family medicine physician who specializes in pain management; and Doris Jacobs, a physician’s assistant, have joined its comprehensive team of experts. Dr. Voss came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation…
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Therapeutic Healing Gardens a powerful union of nature, science

Therapeutic garden spaces will nurture an atmosphere of maximum healing in body, mind and spirit on Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Grand Rapids campus. The Mary Free Bed Foundation’s Therapeutic Healing Gardens project includes six separate gardens around campus that will greet visitors and provide healing spaces for patients. “A garden is more than just…
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20 tips for a healthy Thanksgiving

For many, November kicks off the holiday season. Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) is a time to be grateful for all you have and continue to work for. (And also a time to eat more turkey in one day than you do all year.) You can enjoy Thanksgiving and stick to your wellness goals. Jessi Boehme, MS, a…
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Couple’s generosity helps patients achieve independence

Steele and Mary Taylor are long-time advocates of Mary Free Bed and have made substantial contributions over the years that have helped thousands of patients achieve independence. Steele served as a member of the first community Mary Free Bed Board of Trustees when it was formed in 1965 and led fundraising efforts for construction of…
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Parade a tricked-out Halloween treat for pediatric patients

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital teamed with Grand Valley State University engineering students, Owen-Ames-Kimball commercial construction company, the Grand Rapids Police Department, various community volunteers and Grand Rapids parents Chris and Jane Weatherford to make magnificent memories this Halloween for young patients in wheelchairs. Over the years, Chris and Jane have transformed their 9-year-old son…
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Nurses devoted to rehabilitation form West Michigan ARN chapter

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The West Michigan Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is celebrating the launch of its new chapter with a kickoff event on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The chapter, one of 48 nationwide and the only one in West Michigan, joins the professional healthcare association dedicated to promoting and…
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Otsego Memorial Hospital joins Mary Free Bed Network

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Otsego Memorial Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have signed an agreement that supports enhancing rehabilitation care for patients in northern Michigan. Otsego Memorial Hospital has joined the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers throughout Michigan. The network, established in 2011, extends Mary Free…
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Community collaborates to create Halloween costumes for kids

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Halloween is a memory maker for kids. West Michigan organizations and parents are making sure that a hospital stay or wheelchair doesn’t get in the way this year. Jane and Chris Weatherford are the linchpins. Their 9-year-old son, Cam, has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair to get around. For…
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