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, including the documents and forms you must submit prior to your start date.

Please carefully review all sections and associated downloadable PDFs.

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

Preparing for Clinical Rotation

You must complete the following steps in preparation for your clinical rotation.

1. Complete the following documents and email to or fax to 616.840.9626 at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your clinical rotation:

Student Resident Information Form
Criminal History Form
Confidentiality Statement
Parking and ID Badge Form
Standards of Behavior
AIDET Student Form
Therapy Student Information Release Form (therapy students only)
• Photography and Video Recording
Student Verification Form
Background Check (ONLY if assigned to the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation unit/SAR or a skilled nursing facility)
Employee Data Sheet (ONLY if assigned to the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation unit/SAR or a skilled nursing facility)

2. Submit the following information to at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your clinical rotation:

• Proof of immunizations (MMR, Influenza, TB, HepB status documentation, chickenpox status or Varicella vaccination)
• Copy of current CPR card (include a copy of the front and back of card)

Please email 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, 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

Child Life Practicum Application and Details

Click here for application (For Child Life Practicum ONLY)

Mary Free Bed’s child life program offers practicum opportunities during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Students must have their applications post-marked on or before the deadlines in adherence to the Child Life Council’s recommendations. Late or incomplete applications will be discarded and not considered.

Please mail completed application, resume and cover letter to:

Mariah Bruff
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
235 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

For questions, please email Mariah Bruff at:

Application Deadline
Applications must postmarked by the following dates to be considered:

  • March 15 for the fall semester
  • Sept. 5 for the winter semester
  • Jan. 5 for the summer semester


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

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.