Mary Free Bed Advisory Group

How can we help you?

Amputee ClinicThe Mary Free Bed Advisory Group 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 more than 25 rehabilitation 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.

Call 616.840.8258, or email

Be Advised podcast

Joyal Pavey - Be Advised PodcastThe Mary Free Bed Advisory Group’s Be Advised podcast shines a spotlight on the field of medical rehabilitation and why it’s a critical component of health care. We feature interviews with industry leaders and medical experts on topics such as care transitions, patient access, virtual care, program design and space planning, research and nursing education.

Subscribe to learn about the many ways you can align your team for success by having a “rehabilitationship” with the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group.

Podcast Resources
Episode 3 – Outcomes Research
Dr. Allan J. Kozlowski joins the Be Advised podcast to discuss how outcomes research aligns with care transitions. Click here for our Care Transitions brochure.

Episode 2Care Transitions and Patient Access
The second episode of Be Advised features Dr. W. Christian VandenBerg,  who joins us to discuss aligning Care Transitions and Patient Access.  Click here for Patient Access Booklet

Episode 1 – Align for Success
 In our first episode, meet the team behind the Advisory Group, including well-known rehabilitation executive and chief strategy officer Jeff Garber. Learn how a “rehabilitationship” marries our expertise with your team’s talents. Click here to read and download the Advisory Services booklet.

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 here.

Advisory Group - Therapist and patient exerciseOur 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
  • Documentation
    • Medical necessity analysis
    • Physician education
    • Interdisciplinary education
  • Coding
    • 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

Advisory Group Photo - Doctor with PatientOutpatient

  • 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


Dr. Jakubowski recording notes - Advisory GroupSubscribe to success based on your needs. Choose between two inpatient rehabilitation packages for as short as one month or as long as two years. It’s up to you!

Either way, you receive discounted access to the Mary Free Bed Education Academy.
• Free participation in Interprofessional Grand Rounds
• Up to 50 free continuing education credits per year
• Unlimited 30% discount on courses, including on-demand courses and webinars.
• Topics include human trafficking, implicit bias training, pain management and more!
• Comprehensive Rehabilitation Nursing Course Theory & Application with nursing contact hours
• Continuing education credits for a variety of disciplines, including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, etc.
(Note: Conferences and symposiums aren’t included due to organizational partnerships.)

Don’t see anything that quite fits your situation?
We’re happy to discuss a customized package or additional services!
Call 616.840.8258, or email

Package 1

On-demand PPS/Rehabilitation Coding SupportSix hours per month

  • Complex case discussion and advice
  • Address challenging IGC assignments
  • Appropriate code selection to support IGC
  • GG scoring

Regulatory Question and AnswersTwo hours per month

  • Accreditation, regulatory changes and industry trends
  • Documentation requirements
  • Meeting challenging regulations

Package 2

Strategic Planning ReviewFive hours per month
    Expert advice on your organization’s strategic plan. We assist with:

  • Market assessments, competitor analysis
  • Defining strategies that most positively impact your operations
  • Ensuring follow-through for identified strategic initiatives

Patient AccessThree hours per month

  • Work with your team to define strategies that improve patient access
  • Special issue resolution for peer-to-peer and expedited appeals
  • Share best practices that enhance patient access
  • Strategies for continued stay approval
  • Refine admission criteria, removing and identifying barriers to admission
  • Marketing tips

Care TransitionsThree hours per month

  • Work with your post-acute team to identify patients who need services sooner
  • Ensure patients are moving through the system effectively and efficiently
  • Share best practices and accountability metrics

On-demand PPS/Rehabilitation Coding SupportSix hours per month

  • Complex case discussion and advice
  • Challenging IGC assignments
  • Appropriate code selection to support IGC
  • GG scoring

Regulatory Question and AnswersTwo hours per month

  • Special issue resolution for audits, appeals
  • Accreditation, regulatory changes and industry trends
  • Documentation requirements
  • Challenging regulations

Our approach

Therapist with pediatric patient - Advisory GroupEvery 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 Advisory GroupJeff 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 Advisory GroupJoyal 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.

Dr. Robert KrugDr. Robert Krug, Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Robert Krug, M.D., recently joined the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group as vice president of Medical Affairs. He’s responsible for advising clients regarding opportunities to improve physical medicine and rehabilitation care across the acute and post-acute continuum. He interfaces with governmental, philanthropic, commercial and health care executive teams to advocate for program creation, facility enhancement and staff development to improve access to high value rehabilitative care. Dr. Krug also supports business development through medical outreach to targeted entities that may need Advisory Group services.

Dr. Krug has longstanding experience working in a complex integrated health care system, having served as regional vice president for Rehabilitation Services for Trinity Health Of New England, as both president and executive medical eirector of Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Conn., and as the PM&R medical director and executive lead for the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Care and Neuroscience Research Center. In addition, Dr. Krug served as the inaugural leader of Quinnipiac University’s Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine as the endowed William and Barbara Weldon Chair.

His prior clinical practice spanned both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings across the continuum.  His area of interest and expertise is neurorehabilitation, particularly stroke and multiple sclerosis, with a focus on spasticity management.

A nationally recognized leader in the industry, Dr. Krug advocates for access to critically important rehabilitation care. A fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a longstanding board member of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), he most recently served as board chair in 2020 and remains on the board’s executive committee as past chair.

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Stony Brook University School of Medicine, he completed an internal medicine internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and his PM&R residency at Harvard School of Medicine/Mass General Hospital/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where he served as chief resident.

Sherry MullinsSherry 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 RamseyJ’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, and contact us today.
Call: 616.840.8258