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Lauren Brasure is racing to recovery

Lauren Brasure is no stranger to hard work. The 2014 Rockford High School graduate was an all-conference and all-state runner named “Ms. Cross Country” by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association. Her tremendous talent led to a scholarship to compete for the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, where she’s also seen success for the Division…
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Guild President Kim Ridings among 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Guild President Kim Ridings has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She is among the region’s most influential women business owners, leaders, policy-shapers and decision-makers chosen for the honor. The honorees will be recognized during a March…
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Mary Free Bed names Dr. Andrew Haig as Vice President of Accountable Care and Medical Informatics

UPDATE: Dr. Andrew Haig is passionate about rehabilitation, and it’s his mission to build existing programs and spearhead new ones. His work has garnered numerous accolades; most recently his research team from the University of Michigan received what is regarded as the world’s top spine research award, from the International Society for the Study of the…
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New fencing team challenges athletes physically, mentally

Tim Volkers loves swordplay. He’s a fan of “Zorro,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Star Wars” (yes, a lightsaber can be considered a sword). And now he’s wielding one himself. Tim is a member of Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports’ new fencing team, organized this year following success of the program’s adaptive…
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Winter workouts and activities to stay fit in the colder months

Unless you’re a winter sports enthusiast, the sting of the cold air can make it much more tempting to stay inside with a cup of hot chocolate rather than get outdoors to exercise. This makes it especially difficult to combat those seasonal blues. Trying new winter workouts and activities — or dusting off some classics…
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The Ghost Inside drummer develops bond with Dr. Bloom on rehabilitation journey

Dr. Stephen Bloom visited Andrew Tkaczyk about 7 am every day for 5 weeks at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He reviewed reports with his patient, and they talked about the next steps on his road to recovery. Then they talked about drumming. “Andrew’s nickname is Dr. Beats, and he calls me Dr. Drums,” said Bloom,…
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Mary Free Bed alumnus Chad Bush offers support to pediatric program

Pets can positively impact our health, reduce stress and make us happy – especially kids. That’s why it’s important to Chad Bush to help Mary Free Bed’s youngest patients. Chad is CFO of U.S. Retail, which owns and operates Pet Supplies Plus franchises across the country, including 6 in West Michigan. During the holiday season,…
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Adaptive snowboarding gets Raphael back on the slopes

Raphael Correa, a patient of Mary Free Bed’s Orthotics & Prosthetics program, recently met a new, post-accident goal – snowboarding at Timber Ridge Ski Area in Gobles, Mich. After he spent a month in a wheelchair Correa got his walking leg in November 2014 and has been working and training ever since. Raphael’s goal is to get back to…
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Grand Rapids Drive jersey theme night to benefit Mary Free Bed

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH – Jan. 19, 2015 – The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, will partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC to host a Charitable Jersey Takeover Night on Fri. Jan. 22 as the Drive take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7pm at the DeltaPlex Arena. Players will wear customized GR…
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Staying strong with your New Year’s resolutions

“Resolutions become real if you’re willing to involve yourself and accept responsibility for your choices as well as the consequences that go with them.” — Dr. John Valusek A personal resolution is a promise to yourself to think, feel or act differently in a way that’s important to you. Research shows more than 80% of resolutions…
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