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It’s a girl! Recreational therapist helps father-to-be attend ultrasound

Marcus Fairfield, 27, didn’t think he’d get to attend the 18-week ultrasound for his first child. With a bit of creativity, teamwork and careful planning by Mary Free Bed Recreational Therapist Kaitlin Salowitz, Marcus was able to be in the room when he and his girlfriend, Liz, learned they would become parents to a baby girl this November. Kaitlin…
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Don’t take a vacation from weight management

For many, summer is the time to hit the road for family vacation. Below, Kim Meeuwsen, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program, offers 5 tips to help you and your family keep active, eat healthy and stay on track while on the road: Load up on healthy car snacks! Try packing…
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Mary Free Bed names Chief Nursing Officer

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Nursing executive Ingrid Cheslek has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as Chief Nursing Officer. Cheslek spent more than three decades at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich., serving in a number of capacities, most recently as Vice President of Patient Services/Chief Nursing Officer. “We’re impressed with Ingrid’s track record of career…
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Leading-edge technology helps patients & therapists ‘use every tool in the box’ [Video]

Technology is a vital part of the rehabilitation process at Mary Free Bed. Care team members like occupational therapist Jennifer Mazurkiewicz routinely use leading-edge equipment to help patients regain as much function and independence as possible. The RT300 Arm Cycle, for instance, uses “smart stimulation” to help strengthen and improve muscles affected by injury or illness. Jennifer recently used…
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Bob and Cyndi Kamps thrive & give back while living their ‘New Normal’

“Instead of putting alarms on everything and giving him a bed that is pretty much on the floor, they make sure an actual human is watching him all the time. It’s hard to describe how wonderful that is. Bob deserves the best and he’s getting the best at MFB.” – Excerpt from “Our New Normal”…
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Drivers with physical challenges remaining behind the wheel

The Driver Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed offers patients the opportunity to safely return to the driver’s seat. Learn more about Driver Rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed by reading the story — published Sunday, June 14, 2015, in the Grand Rapids Press — below. [Click the image for a larger view, or click to…
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Mary Free Bed at Sparrow: See the grand opening & new facilities [Video & Photos]

The first phase of renovations and expansion of the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit is complete, with 30 private patient rooms now open. This joint venture of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Sparrow Hospital eventually will expand the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Sparrow to 40 private patient rooms and two state-of-the-art therapy…
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Mary Free Bed wins Chamber’s Excellence in Business Award

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital received the Excellence in Business Award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce during the sixth annual EPIC Awards on June 1, 2015 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Mary Free Bed Chief Operating Officer Kent Riddle, who accepted the award, thanked the community and…
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General Motors donates SUV to Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit

Guest blog by Sparrow Hospital Communications Staff Patients at the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit will now be able to practice getting in and out of a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) donated by General Motors and time and supplies given by mid-Michigan businesses. “We are thrilled to be able to donate a Lansing-built Chevrolet…
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New pink helmet elicits lots of smiles [Photo Gallery]

Violet Pratt is a spunky 4-year-old. With big brown eyes and a wide smile, she twirls and laughs as she waits with her family in an Orthotics & Prosthetics examination room at Mary Free Bed. On this May afternoon, Violet is here to receive a helmet – “a pink one,” she tells Kim Nequist, the…
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