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Heroes Bash to celebrate Mary Free Bed pediatric patients

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will celebrate its youngest patients and their families at “Heroes Bash 2017.” Current Pediatric Program patients and many who graduated this year are among more than 120 people expected to attend tonight’s superhero-themed gala in the Meijer Conference Center. They’ll get to meet alumni of the program now in their…
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Ryan Podvin honored as a ‘40 Under 40’ Business Leader

Congratulations to Ryan Podvin, manager of Decision Support for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, who’s been named one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders. He is among the 2017 class of honorees selected for the honor based on business and career goals and achievements; industry expertise and leadership; and community…
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Tony-winner Ben Vereen set to ‘bring the joy’ to Mary Free Bed Gala

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ben Vereen is a legendary singer, dancer and actor known for his razzle-dazzle smile and bigger-than-life personality. But when he visits Grand Rapids in November, his appearance will be less about entertaining and more about spreading a message of hope. Vereen is the special guest at the fourth annual Mary Free…
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Kalamazoo bus driver who lost leg in crash ‘grateful to still be here’

La Shon Diallo was working overtime at her long-time job as a Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus driver to earn extra money for a new roof on her home. She remembers the traffic light turning green. Then she remembers waking up in the hospital. La Shon, 47, was seriously injured when a suspected drunken driver traveling…
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Patient continues rehabilitation journey at home

Trula Schutt came to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after back surgery to treat spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that causes pain. She eventually gained enough strength to walk with a walker, then on her own before graduating from the inpatient program. But Trula still needed a little help, so she transitioned…
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Meet Vandy, Mary Free Bed’s animal-assisted therapy dog

Important new member of Rec Therapy team helps patients on road to recovery GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has a (furry) new family member. Vandy is a 2½-year-old black Labrador retriever who works on Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy team. The sweet-natured pup helps patients meet rehabilitation goals that restore independence….
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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation gives $10,000 to Mary Free Bed

Grant adds bike to fleet, creates state’s only off-road adaptive handcycle program GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to help people with disabilities go places that, until now, have been inaccessible. The grant was used to purchase an…
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