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Certified Child Life Specialist joins Pediatric team at Mary Free Bed

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Certified Child Life Specialist Kelsey Combs has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to help its youngest patients cope with their illness and hospitalization. Combs, who comes to Mary Free Bed from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, will provide services that educate, support and prepare young children and teenagers.  She will collaborate…
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The Ghost Inside drummer develops bond with Dr. Bloom on rehabilitation journey

Dr. Stephen Bloom visited Andrew Tkaczyk about 7 am every day for 5 weeks at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He reviewed reports with his patient, and they talked about the next steps on his road to recovery. Then they talked about drumming. “Andrew’s nickname is Dr. Beats, and he calls me Dr. Drums,” said Bloom,…
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Mary Free Bed alumnus Chad Bush offers support to pediatric program

Pets can positively impact our health, reduce stress and make us happy – especially kids. That’s why it’s important to Chad Bush to help Mary Free Bed’s youngest patients. Chad is CFO of U.S. Retail, which owns and operates Pet Supplies Plus franchises across the country, including 6 in West Michigan. During the holiday season,…
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Effective therapies for patients with spinal cord injury

A customized therapy plan is crucial for patients who have sustained a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury. The Spinal Cord Injury Team at Mary Free Bed collaborates to determine the most appropriate rehabilitation methods to promote motor recovery after a spinal cord injury. Mary Free Bed therapist Kristina Simpson, PT, MSPT, recently authored an article, “Promoting Motor…
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Grand Rapids Drive jersey theme night to benefit Mary Free Bed

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH – Jan. 19, 2015 – The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, will partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC to host a Charitable Jersey Takeover Night on Fri. Jan. 22 as the Drive take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7pm at the DeltaPlex Arena. Players will wear customized GR…
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Staying strong with your New Year’s resolutions

“Resolutions become real if you’re willing to involve yourself and accept responsibility for your choices as well as the consequences that go with them.” — Dr. John Valusek A personal resolution is a promise to yourself to think, feel or act differently in a way that’s important to you. Research shows more than 80% of resolutions…
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Mary Free Bed is all-in for patient Keith Stone

An accident on a golf cart left Keith Stone with a severe spinal cord injury. Even though Keith lives in Grand Blanc and the accident occurred in Petoskey, he and wife Sarah decided to come to Mary Free Bed for his rehabilitation. Watch the video to learn how Keith’s time at Mary Free Bed had a positive impact…
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Coming soon: Musculoskeletal Clinic at Mary Free Bed YMCA

The innovative new Mary Free Bed YMCA will soon be home to the Mary Free Bed Musculoskeletal Clinic. The clinic will be an extension of therapy to graduates of inpatient and outpatient programs. It also will provide direct access to care for competitive athletes, weekend warriors or anyone suffering from a range of musculoskeletal pain. The…
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An amazing year at Mary Free Bed: 2015 wrap-up

From grand openings to amazing patient and staff stories, 2015 was an eventful year for the Mary Free Bed family. Among this year’s events: opening of the new hospital featuring 167 private rooms, leading-edge technology and outstanding patient amenities (March) opening of the Mary Free Bed YMCA, a global leader in accessible and inclusive design…
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Silas helps inspire ‘SO Awesome’ gift

UPDATED January 19, 2016: Silas Camp, a former patient treated about 4 years ago for plagiocephaly and torticollis, visited Mary Free Bed’s Outpatient Pediatric Therapy team with a special gift for other young patients. During the holiday season, his family’s business, SO Awesome, gives back to the West Michigan community through its “One for One”…
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