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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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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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Safety precautions can help prevent ‘life-altering’ injuries from tree stand falls

Hunting is a tradition for many Michigan families and can be rewarding and fun when the proper safety precautions are taken. Each fall, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital provides rehabilitation to hunters injured while hunting, mostly in falls from elevated tree stands. Such falls are often very serious and can result in multiple trauma, complete…
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Mary Free Bed celebrates grand re-opening of hospital

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital celebrated its grand re-opening on Thursday, Oct. 13 in a ceremony attended by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Sen. Peter MacGregor and Mary Free Bed Guild members, trustees, staff, patients and friends. “For more than a century, Mary Free Bed has demonstrated…
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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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