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Arlee Rodgers tackles cerebral palsy with determination and a lot of spunk

Guest blog: Jynel Rodgers shares her daughter, Arlee’s, story and how Mary Free Bed’s pediatric rehabilitation specialists have helped put her on the path to independence following Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery to treat cerebral palsy. Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch her heartwarming video story.  Arlee is 7 1/2 years old. She…
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Creativity in the kitchen can inspire healthy eating

Have your 2017 wellness resolutions stalled? Creativity in the kitchen can rekindle and refocus your nutrition goals. Mary Free Bed registered dietitians Jessi Boehme and Joanna Gritter (pictured below, right to left) are doing their part to keep hospital staff motivated with healthy, on-site cooking and recipe demos. Here, Jessi shares guidelines for healthy dishes recently shared…
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Mary Free Bed to offer specialized orthopedic residency program

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will begin an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in September. Graduates from an accredited physical therapy program will have the unique opportunity to perform a post-professional residency in outpatient clinical orthopedics at the fifth-largest, independent rehabilitation hospital in the country. “Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased…
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New Adaptive Cheerleading Team breaks barriers, builds friendships

The Mary Free Bed All Stars Adaptive Cheerleading team boasts enthusiasm and spirit to spare. The newest team organized by Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports is made up of enthusiastic young athletes with physical or cognitive impairments that prevent participation in able-bodied cheer. “A cheerleading team was a missing piece of our program, and it has…
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Weight Management grads share stories of weight loss success

Expert guest blog: Jessi Boehme, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Following is a Q&A with graduates of the Mary Free Bed Weight Management program. The Centers for Disease Control report 70 percent of adults ages 20 and older are overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight can put a person at increased…
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Mary Free Bed Invitational draws 100 National Wheelchair Basketball Association athletes

Grand Rapids, Mich. – More than 100 wheelchair basketball athletes from across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario, Canada will compete Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Mary Free Bed Invitational. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament will be held at the universally designed Mary Free Bed YMCA, which is marking its…
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Kalkaska Memorial Health Center joins Mary Free Bed Network

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Kalkaska Memorial Health Center and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have signed an agreement that supports improving the quality of care for patients and enhancing rehabilitation services at Kalkaska Memorial. The agreement brings Kalkaska Memorial Health Center into the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers…
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Mary Free Bed Medical Group welcomes pediatric physiatrist, pain specialist, physician’s assistant to team

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Voss, a specialist in pediatric rehabilitation; Dr. Rebekah Rajlich, a family medicine physician who specializes in pain management; and Doris Jacobs, a physician’s assistant, have joined its comprehensive team of experts. Dr. Voss came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation…
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