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Kalamazoo bus driver who lost leg in crash ‘grateful to still be here’

La Shon Diallo was working overtime at her long-time job as a Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus driver to earn extra money for a new roof on her home. She remembers the traffic light turning green. Then she remembers waking up in the hospital. La Shon, 47, was seriously injured when a suspected drunken driver traveling…
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Meet Vandy, Mary Free Bed’s animal-assisted therapy dog

Important new member of Rec Therapy team helps patients on road to recovery GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has a (furry) new family member. Vandy is a 2½-year-old black Labrador retriever who works on Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy team. The sweet-natured pup helps patients meet rehabilitation goals that restore independence….
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Mary Free Bed welcomes inaugural class of PM&R residents

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Four physicians from across the country have begun their post-graduate training in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation as Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital launches its first medical residency program. The rigorous training program, approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, encompasses clinical, educational and research opportunities in…
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2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships attract top players

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Top-ranked wheelchair tennis players from around the world will compete July 7-9 in the 2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Grand Rapids. The outdoor tournament, an International Tennis Federation 3/United States Tennis Association Category II event, is presented by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program. More than…
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Pitcher Bryce Baker credits Pain Center with restoring hope

UPDATE: Bryce Baker is continuing to pursue his dream of playing baseball professionally, and he credits Mary Free Bed’s Pain Center with providing him with the tools to do it. Bryce recently paid a visit to the Pain Center to see his team and to share that he’s off all pain medication. In the video…
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Paralympians among elite athletes set to compete in River Bank Run

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Three-time Paralympian and World Champion Oksana Masters (top image) and three-time Paralympian Aaron Pike (bottom image) will return to Grand Rapids this week to defend their titles in the Fifth Third River Bank Run. Masters will race in the women’s handcycle division and Pike in the wheelchair racing division. The elite…
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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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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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