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How can we help? Call 616.840.8258,
or email advisorygroup@maryfreebed.com.

From just one humble bed in 1891, Mary Free Bed has grown into Michigan’s most comprehensive rehabilitation provider and one of the largest in the nation. An exclusive focus on medical rehabilitation enables us to hone our knowledge across the board.

The Mary Free Bed Advisory Group is a division of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital that extends industry expertise to organizations across the country. We offer a variety of strategic partnerships that range from inpatient rehabilitation consultation services to professional service agreements, including care transitions across the post-acute continuum.

We currently collaborate with some three dozen health care providers, sharing our know-how in patient access, program growth and development, strategic planning, rehabilitation coding, PPS coordination and more.

We develop relationships that strategically marry our expertise with your team’s talents. Together, we’ll collaboratively create customized solutions to your challenges.

Scope of Services

We provide a variety of consultation services across care settings, each tailored to successfully address your specific program goals and foster positive outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Strategic partnerships and professional service agreements include:
– Rehabilitation operations
– Clinical services
– Joint venture/joint operating agreements

You’ll find more information in our Advisory Services brochure.

Our goal is to help clients be successful and further the field of rehabilitation, from acute care hospitals and acute inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care hospitals and home-care programs:

Comprehensive analysis
– Program
– Quality performance
– Productivity
– Bed need/Service demand

– Medical necessity analysis
– Physician education
– Interdisciplinary education

– Documentation analysis
– Coder training

Prospective Payment System coordination
– PPS coordinator training
– Temporary PPS coordinator staffing
– PPS education

Audits and appeals
– Navigation of the appeals process
– Preparation of appeal documents

Quality improvement 
– Quality reporting and program measures education and training
– Quality and outcome tracking

Understanding rehabilitation philosophy
– Leadership
– Rehabilitation nursing

New construction and program development
– Space planning and design
– Equipment purchasing
– Specialty program development

Accreditation and survey preparation


Quality and outcome measurement

– Performance analysis
– Quality and outcome tracking
– Productivity analysis

Performance improvement

Documentation, coding and billing

New programs and program development
– Space planning and design
– Equipment purchasing

Accreditation and survey preparation

Audits and appeals

Ask us about our other advisory services, too:
Physician recruitment
Skilled nursing facility services
Long-term care hospitals
Care transitions
Virtual services

Our service delivery options:
In person – During our relationship, we find it’s beneficial to meet in person. We schedule a series of on-site visits to understand your needs and sustain results of implemented action plans. In addition to working at your organization, we’d love to host you at Mary Free Bed, so you can see examples of what we’ve implemented.
On-site Lunch and Learns – You provide the lunch, we provide the education for your team. We offer modules for general rehabilitation topics, or we customize program content to meet your unique needs. Pre- and post-testing are available for many of the courses.
Remote live webinars – Tailored webinars are scheduled at a time and place convenient for your team.

Learn more about partnership opportunities! Call 616.840.8258, or email advisorygroup@maryfreebed.com.

Our Approach

Every relationship established by the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group begins with a comprehensive assessment of your needs and a collaborative discussion of priorities, goals and next steps. Together we create solutions, action steps and implementation plans that benefit you and your patients.

We use proven processes and protocols as templates for success:

These range from standardized admission and referral practices to care navigation and other procedures that promote quality, outcomes and operational efficiencies.  The protocols are based on years of experience and process improvement. Operational performance is strategically planned, measured, analyzed and trended so robust action plans can be implemented to optimize outcomes.

Clinical Services
Our clinical protocols include but are not limited to condition-specific care pathways, rehabilitation nursing and therapeutic interventions.

Survey Readiness
Mary Free Bed has a long-standing history of successful surveys by the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) including multiple specialty accreditations. Our goal is continuous survey readiness using a systematic process to ensure survey standards are not only met but integrated into everyday care delivery models.

Comprehensive Analysis Process
We utilize an in-depth, three-step methodology for our comprehensive analysis:

Step 1: In-Depth Assessment
We work with your team to gather pertinent information from your rehabilitation program. Data is analyzed to identify performance improvement opportunities.

Step 2: Action Planning
Our experts study the findings as they relate to your goals, capacity, competition and predicted rehabilitation trends. We’ll present our recommendations to your team and collaboratively create action plans.

Step 3: Solution-Driven Implementation
We provide support and guidance as your team implements the action plans. Expect on-site visits to reinforce the process and overcome obstacles that may impede success.

Our Team

The Mary Free Bed Advisory Group is led by:

Jeff Garber, Chief Strategy Officer
Jeff joined Mary Free Bed in 2011, tasked with leading the establishment of the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, an innovative alliance of hospitals and providers. As chief strategy officer, Jeff develops affiliations and partnerships that create a rehabilitation continuum committed to stellar outcomes, greater accessibility and improved health care.

Jeff’s experience in rehabilitation health care is vast. He developed and supervised Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the world. As CEO, he oversaw the successful activation of a $250 million, private non-profit medical facility, developed strategic business plans and ensured compliance with quality standards, policies and objectives. He was responsible for the supervision of more than 2,500 clinical and non-clinical staff from 28 countries.

Jeff also served in leadership roles at Tampa General Hospital and created the JSG Advisory Group, a comprehensive health care consulting company that helped clients throughout Florida achieve positive patient and financial outcomes, and improved customer satisfaction.

He earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida.

Joyal Pavey, Vice President
Joyal became part of the Mary Free Bed family in 2019, as vice president of the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group. With more than 18 years of experience in the world of acute inpatient rehabilitation, Joyal has a wealth of knowledge garnered from 15 years of experience in hospital administration.

Joyal has a successful record of programmatic growth, census development and navigating regulatory and compliance issues. She’s led Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities surveys, including specialty accreditations. She recently became a CARF surveyor. She has diverse experience, including inpatient rehabilitation, home health care, swing beds, skilled nursing, acute care and outpatient rehabilitation. Before Joyal joined Mary Free Bed, she served as market director of inpatient rehabilitation services for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. She also was director of rehabilitation at Atlanta Medical Center, executive director for a freestanding rehabilitation hospital in northern Michigan and a manager of rehabilitation operations at Spectrum Health.

She completed a master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of North Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and Gerontology from Western Michigan University.

Sherry Mullins, Regional Director of Care Transitions 

Sherry has more than 25 years of experience in health care leadership primarily focused on post-acute rehabilitation services. As a regional director for the Advisory Group, she’ll help develop a well-defined care transition program and assist with expansion of Mary Free Bed’s expertise.

Before joining Mary Free Bed in September 2020, Sherry worked as the director of Rehabilitation for Tenet Health’s home office in Dallas, which involved strategic development and operations support for its 17 inpatient rehabilitation programs across the country. Previously, she was the rehabilitation and orthopedic market lead for Baptist Health System, a Tenet subsidiary, in San Antonio.   

She has a record of success with strategic growth, program development, hospital operations, program implementations, team leadership and data analytics to drive market share growth as well as process improvement initiatives. 

Sherry earned a master’s degree in Health Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Southwest Texas State University. 

J’nise Ramsey, Regional Director of Network Care Transitions  

 J’nise joined the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group in September 2020, bringing more than 20 years of experience in leadership, delivery of value-based programming and athletic training. As a regional director, she’s focused on developing a well-defined care transition program and assisting with the expansion of Mary Free Bed’s expertise. 

Her experience includes the successful launch and development of several Medicare Bundled Payment of Care Improvement programs and development of a well-defined continuing care network in southeast Michigan. Before joining Mary Free Bed, J’nise served as program manager of Value Based Programs for Tenet Healthcare, overseeing the Detroit market.  Additionally, she was manager of the Total Joint Continuum for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in delivery of its Model 2 Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program.   

J’nise holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Baker College, a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Manchester College.   

Learn more about partnership opportunities for your rehabilitation programs.
Call: 616.840.8258
Email: advisorygroup@maryfreebed.com