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‘I have never underestimated my father or anybody else with a disability’

Guest blog: Nicholas Besta, 17, and his family know first-hand what living with a disability is like. That’s why they participate in Mary Free Bed’s peer support mentoring program, which is designed to give patients and their families access to people with injuries similar to their own. Nicholas, whose father, Pat, has used a wheelchair…
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Craig Ferguson headlines Mary Free Bed ‘ReHA!bilitation Gala’

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Mary Free Bed Foundation is celebrating 125 years of Mary on Nov. 5 at the ReHA!bilitation Gala at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids featuring special guest Craig Ferguson. Tickets are on sale now. Ferguson, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, boasts a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film,…
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Massive blown-glass installation fills Mary Free Bed atrium

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Art plays an important role in the healing process, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has an ArtPrize entry designed to glow with positive, intense energy. “Bloom” is the work of Jerry Catania, a Benton Harbor, Mich., artist. The glass and metal three-dimensional piece was created as a permanent installation inside…
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Three physiatrists join Mary Free Bed Medical Group

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of three physiatrists to its team of rehabilitation specialists: Dr. Elizabeth Spaulding, Dr. Colleen Sullivan and Dr. Michael Wheaton. “The Mary Free Bed Medical Group is thrilled that these talented physicians have joined what has become one of the most…
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West Michigan Whitecaps visit Mary Free Bed

Four members of the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, visited Mary Free Bed on Thursday, Sept. 1, to the joy of pediatric and adult patients alike. Catcher Shane Zeile along with pitchers Sandy Baez, Mark Ecker and Beau Burrows posed for pictures, signed autographs and talked baseball with patients…
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Mary Free Bed goes for gold with hospital Olympics

The Olympic spirit is strong at Mary Free Bed, where staff were invited to join in the first-ever Mary Free Bed Olympics held this week to coincide with the final week of the official 2016 games, to conclude Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. More than 140 “Olympians” participated in games throughout the week and 27 medals…
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Rec therapy team gets creative with adaptive tree climbing

Every patient who comes to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is different. Also unique is what each patient enjoys doing. That’s why Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy team works to individualize activities catered to each patient’s interests that promote rehabilitation, wellness and independence. Newberry, Mich. native Charles Wallace came to Mary Free Bed in 2010 for…
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OrthoSEAT team members’ story on mobility selected for cover of Rehab Management

Congratulations to OrthoSEAT team leader Cara Masselink and Matt Lefevre, a physical therapist in the program, for their cover story in the July/August edition of Rehab Management magazine. Their piece, “Mobility Technology: Only as Good as the Training” discusses how matching mobility technologies to user need is essential for comfort and function, and to enable…
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