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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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Mary Free Bed Guild celebrates 125 years

For 125 years, the women of the Mary Free Bed Guild have maintained the hospital’s nurturing culture of restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation. To mark the significant anniversary of its unique history and vision, the Guild is sharing its story and celebrating its accomplishments with events throughout the year. Visitors touring the new West…
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Stretching exercise series: Episode 1 – Chin tucks

Sitting for long periods of time, whether at work or when relaxing at home, can have a negative impact on one’s health. The Mayo Clinic reports that most Americans spend 6 or more hours a day sitting, whether it’s in front of the computer at the office, or unwinding in front of the TV in the…
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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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