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Colin Sullivan is ‘passionate about living an active life’

In some ways, Colin Sullivan’s life has changed very little in the past 16 years. He still teaches the same subjects at the same school as he did before he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed his car into a guardrail. “I still travel when I can, play sports, socialize with friends and try…
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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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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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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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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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Festively fit: Tips for avoiding holiday weight gain

Between appetizers, the main attraction and beverages — not to mention those hard-to-resist cookies and sweets — the average holiday meal can clock in at more than 3,000 calories. Unfortunately, this can result in an average holiday weight gain between 2-5 pounds. Some won’t lose that extra weight, adding on year after year. How do you…
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‘I’ll keep going until I can’t go anymore’

Thirty-four-year-old Nate Denofre doesn’t have much use for the term “disabled.” Born without legs below the knee – a result of amniotic band syndrome – Nate prefers to focus on what is possible for him to do, instead of what isn’t. His latest undertaking embodies the odds-defying spirit that’s driven him to live a life…
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