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Welcome to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s online resource for therapy students and residents.

Below is information to help you prepare for clinical rotation at Mary Free Bed. Please carefully review all sections and complete as instructed.

Click here for a contact list of therapy and nursing staff who can provide information regarding fieldwork placements and rotations.

Preparing for Clinical Rotation

In preparation for your clinical rotation you must complete the onboarding process at least three weeks prior to your start date. Use the following link to access the student onboarding website. https://maryfreebed.vsyslive.com/pages/app:studentresident

Please email medical.education@maryfreebed.com with questions or concerns relating to this process.

Recreational Therapy Fieldwork/Internship Application & Schedule

Click here for application. (For Recreation Therapy Students ONLY)

Please email completed application, resume and cover letter to brianne.taylor@maryfreebed.com

Brianne Taylor, CTRS
Inpatient Recreation Therapist
235 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Internship and Fieldwork Placements:

Fall Placements (August-December):
Accepting applications until the end of January
Interviewing the 2nd and 3rd week of February

Summer Placements (April-August):
Accepting applications until the end of September
Interviewing the 2nd and 3rd week of October

Winter/Spring (January-April):
Accepting applications until the end of May
Interviewing the 2nd and 3rd week of June

Organizational Standards, Policies and Codes of Practice

Please review the following in preparation for your clinical rotation. You are expected to understand and adhere to these policies and organizational standards:

• Organizational Service Standards
• Code of Conduct
• Code of Ethical Behavior
• HIPAA Regulations
Patient Rights & Responsibilities

In addition, you may wish to review Outpatient Therapy Center policies, procedures and educational opportunities.

How to Find Mary Free Bed & Where to Park

Plenty of free parking is available for students and instructors on Logan Street between Lafayette and Jefferson avenues. Free parking also is available on the west side of Jefferson Avenue across from the Cass Lot.

Dress Codes

Student/resident appearance is an important aspect of the impression our visitors and patients have of our services.

Please review and adhere to the specifications outlined in the Mary Free Bed dress code.

Name Badge

Please bring with you the name badge provided by your academic institution. You’ll also be provided with a Mary Free Bed identification badge that must be returned to your clinical supervisor on your final day.

Libraries Available to You

Mary Free Bed has a small library of books and audiovisual materials related to rehabilitation. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s also has a medical library available for student use. Their collection consists of medical, nursing and technical literature.

Available services include orientation to the library, circulation of materials, reference, assistance in locating and using library materials, interlibrary loans (for a fee) and photocopying. You may request a search via the Mary Free Bed Education Department.

In the Event of a Health Emergency

We will follow our hospital emergency procedures if a student is in need of medical attention for any type of injury or health emergency during working hours. We do this just as we would for any employee, patient or visitor.

In such a case, the on duty nursing supervisor will be called immediately to determine the appropriate intervention. This could include an emergency room visit, a physician’s care, the student being sent home or continuing to work. Our Infection Control Coordinator is available in such circumstances to determine if there are risks related to communicable or infectious disease. Students are responsible for any subsequent medical costs.

Student/Resident Housing

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all costs incurred. Housing is sometimes available for a weekly or monthly charge with Mary Free Bed staff or elsewhere in the community. For housing inquiries, contact Beth Ferguson, Inpatient Department Secretary at 616.840.9769 or beth.ferguson@maryfreebed.com.

Dining Options & Meals

You may purchase snacks and meals in the Urban Platter cafeteria on the first floor of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, adjacent to Mary Free Bed. The Urban Platter is open 6:30 am – 7:30 pm and 11 pm to 1 am, 7 days a week.

You may also bring your own meals. Designated refrigerators and microwaves are available in the inpatient and outpatient therapy areas. You may eat in the cafeteria or one of the many “off-stage” areas available to you, such as the staff lounges.