New pink helmet elicits lots of smiles [Photo Gallery]

Violet Pratt 9

Violet Pratt is a spunky 4-year-old. With big brown eyes and a wide smile, she twirls and laughs as she waits with her family in an Orthotics & Prosthetics examination room at Mary Free Bed. On this May afternoon, Violet is here to receive a helmet – “a pink one,” she tells Kim Nequist, the…
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One-year-old girl defies the odds in outpatient therapy

Aubry Maronek

At Mary Free Bed, we’re daily witnesses to our patients’ determination, grit and strength. This is particularly true of our youngest (and most vulnerable) patients. Aubry Maronek, who recently celebrated her first birthday, embodies this spirit of hope and resolve. After being diagnosed with hemimegalencephaly — a rare neurological condition in which one half of the brain is…
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[Video] People + technology = a winning combo for patient with spinal cord injury

Dean McClellan

Dean McClellan, a patient of the Mary Free Bed Spinal Cord Injury Program, has made great strides in his journey to once again walk. Leading-edge technology — like the LokomatPro and ZeroG — plays an important role in physical rehabilitation. But the human factor is just as crucial for a meaningful recovery. The videos below demonstrate…
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More than 60 years later, vintage photo leads former patient to revisit Mary Free Bed

Mary Jane Millard - Visit Mary Free Bed

An online gallery of vintage photos sparked a reunion of sorts for Mary Free Bed alumna Mary Jane Millard. Mary Jane, 70, was diagnosed with polio as a child and received rehabilitation twice at Mary Free Bed’s former Cherry Street facility. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Mary Jane toured the hospital’s new state-of-the-art building on Wealthy Street and visited…
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[Photos & Video] 2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run wrap-up


Congratulations to everyone who rolled, ran or walked through a very rainy — but exciting! — Fifth Third River Bank Run on Saturday, May 9, in downtown Grand Rapids. Below is a wrap-up of Mary Free Bed’s 2015 River Bank Run experience, including photos, video and news coverage. Thank you to our handcycle and wheelchair…
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Happy Nurses Week 2015


This week, we say ‘thank you’ to the nurses who provide such excellent care for the patients at Mary Free Bed. The following Top 5 list was created by our nursing management staff and it speaks volumes to the culture at our hospital. Why Mary Free Bed nurses are the best: 1. They are the…
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Are you ‘Avenger Tough’? A look at the strengths & weaknesses of Marvel’s favorite heroes

Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Mental Toughness

Guest blog by Dr. Eddie O’Connor Sports psychologist for Mary Free Bed’s Performance Excellence Center Editor’s Note: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ hit theaters on May 1, earning the record for second-highest-grossing opening weekend. Below is Dr. Eddie’s assessment of what it means to be ‘Avenger Tough.’ Subscribe to the Performance Excellence Center newsletter to get sports…
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