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Excitement building for next phase of expansion, renovation project

As Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital marks the first anniversary of the March 29, 2015 opening of the new West Building addition, renovations to the rest of campus are on schedule and Mary Free Bed Foundation’s “Join the Movement” capital campaign is on target. This transformative project will continue to keep Mary Free Bed on the…
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3-year-old gaining strength, skills through ‘play’

Guest blog by Sharon Weber Elena is 3 years old. She was born in China and came home to our family when she was 15 months old. She is a funny kid who likes to tell jokes. She is a girlie girl who particularly enjoys shopping and trying on shoes. Elena is active and likes to…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 5 – Hip flexor stretch

Sitting for many hours a day can have a negative impact on your health, and may cause many aches and pains. Our 6-part stretching series is intended to provide some relief from some of the effects of long periods of sitting. Part 5 of the series focuses on the muscles in the back and lower…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 4 – Prone on elbow and prone press-up

Part 4 in our 6-part stretching series focuses on the muscles in the back and lower extremities. We’ve designed these stretches to combat the effects of sitting for many hours each day. You can perform these stretches from the comfort of your own home or at work. Check out the first 3 stretches in the…
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Nurse Anna-Marie Lipka honored as ‘Everyday Hero’ for saving man’s life

Anna-Marie Lipka says she was just doing her job. Kara George is thankful she was. Kara’s husband, Andy, was driving east on Int. 96 in Ionia County the evening of Dec. 1 when he lost consciousness. Anna-Marie, a registered nurse at Mary Free Bed, was traveling behind him with her husband, Ben, when she noticed…
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A princess of a patient: Jerrensia enjoys royal treatment

This is an update to a Nov. 18, 2015, blog about the Kroll family. Visit that post for additional photos and details about Jen Kroll’s viral Facebook message.   Like many girls her age, six-year-old Jerrensia Caroline Kroll loves Disney princesses. Elsa, the noble heroine of the animated film “Frozen,” ranks high on her list of…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 3 – Scapular retraction

This is part 3 in our 6-part stretching series dedicated to helping those who spend many hours a day seated in front of a computer. Episode one focused on the chin tuck and episode two introduced the corner or doorway stretch. This week’s stretch also focuses on the upper extremities and can be performed in the…
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For Barb Barton, hope ‘started as a whisper’

Guest blog by Barb Barton I wanted it to be the rollercoasters. Rollercoasters and my increasing age. Rollercoasters and the too-tight pressure of the lap bar. Rollercoasters that looped and yanked my body into unnatural positions. My feet had been numb for 3 days, so I spent the weekend following a trip to Cedar Point amusement…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 2 – Corner or doorway stretch

According to the Mayo Clinic, most Americans spend an average of 6 or more hours sitting each day. This includes sitting at the office in front of computers or while relaxing in front of the TV at home. Last month, we posted the first blog of our new 6-part blog series intended to help you…
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