Careers

Looking for a career?

Take your career to the next level at Mary Free Bed. Here are five reasons why:

 

1. Values-driven cultureRecreational Therapy Staff

  • Founded in 1891, we’re an independent, acute-care rehabilitation hospital focused solely on rehabilitation for adults and children.
  • We offer the stability of a large organization and nurture the family atmosphere of a small one. It’s a culture reflected in our patient satisfaction rates and outcome scores, which exceed regional and national benchmarks.
  • We strive to create and foster a diverse and inclusive workforce that affords everyone opportunities for growth and success. Visit our Diversity, Equity + Inclusion page to learn more.

 

2. Growth

  • At 167 patient beds, we’re the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the country.
  • Our expanding network of hospitals and providers across Michigan and northern Indiana means we can offer services well beyond our main campus in Grand Rapids.

 

3. Innovation

  • We empower our employees to think and perform in innovative ways, and we rely on their ideas and insights to maintain our role as an industry leader.
  • From assistive technology and customized wheelchair seating to ceiling-mounted ambulation systems and robotic walking devices, we’re always pushing the boundaries to find new ways to help our patients be successful and independent.
  • The John F. Butzer Center for Research and Innovation identifies our best practices and helps us elevate them to the next level. We partner with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and others to conduct research and teach medical students about rehabilitation medicine.

 

4. ChallengePatient Al Walczak and therapy in ADL kitchen

  • People with extraordinarily complex needs choose rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed because of our extensive experience. If you’re a caregiver, you’ll join a team that personalizes the care offered to each patient.
  • Non-caregivers are just as important to our patients. From security and housekeeping to IT and plant services, everyone plays an integral role in helping Mary Free Bed run as effectively and efficiently as possible.

 

5. Competitive rewards

  • We have high expectations for our employees. We also have flexible scheduling options and highly competitive salary and benefit packages.
  • We encourage continuing education and provide tuition reimbursement for college classes, seminars and conferences. As a result, many clinicians are additionally credentialed. Our nursing staff includes a significant number of certified rehabilitation registered nurses.
  • The Mary Free Bed Education Academy offers grants to employees who strive to improve patient care and build additional efficiencies into our systems.

 

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Employee Testimony

Striving to create and foster a diverse and inclusive workforce affords everyone opportunities for growth and success.

Here’s what some of our employees have to say:

Beth BlackbirdDr. Beth Blackbird
Psychologist
Team member since 2002

The opportunity to serve patients and the commitment she witnesses by others to do the same is what Dr. Blackbird enjoys most about working at Mary Free Bed. That commitment includes a focus on diversity and inclusion.

“I think (this) work is something that is never done and an ongoing direction to head, something to take into our hearts and be very intentional about in countering internalized biases and privileged blind spots,” she said. “It is not so much a question of how Mary Free Bed is doing, but how we on staff are each doing on that journey; it’s an issue of personal (as well as corporate) responsibility.”

Bruce BrasserBruce Brasser
Chief Clinical Operations Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network
Team member since 2002

Bruce became acquainted with Mary Free Bed long before he became an employee. He worked as a nursing leader at a local trauma center that referred patients to Mary Free Bed for care. His child also needed services provided by Mary Free Bed, and before that, his mother was a volunteer when the hospital was located on Cherry Street.

Today, as COO of the Network, Bruce supports teams in many rehabilitation units across the state and northern Indiana.

“While each partner hospital has unique features, there are many things that we have in common, and we have developed strong partnerships,” he said. “I take very seriously the responsibility to be the executive working closely with our partners throughout the Network.”

Rehabilitation care is extremely personal, Bruce said, noting interpersonal connections are critical to the best outcomes, which occurs through mutual trust and respect.

“Each employee at Mary Free Bed brings a unique perspective based on their training and experience,” he said. “We share a common commitment to our patients. Mary Free Bed has taken many steps to recognize, appreciate and respect each employee and each customer.”

Mitchelle LimoMitchelle Limo
Interprofessional Documentation Specialist, Nursing Administration
Team member since 2015

Mitchelle’s proud to be part of the Mary Free Bed family.

“Our staff members are phenomenal – they’re dedicated to their patients and do a great job to ensure they regain the highest functionality prior to returning home,” she said. “I have experienced many miracles here.”

Since she joined Mary Free Bed, Mitchelle has advanced into different leadership positions and felt fully supported by her manager.

“My upline was always encouraging growth in different areas, encouraging participation on committees and events related to my field,” she said. “I’ve seen others grow in different capacities, too.”

She’s also encouraged by Mary Free Bed’s efforts toward diversity and inclusion: “I think MFB is doing a good job actively engaging staff, like sending out monthly newsletters, planning activities honoring different minority groups and offering scholarships.”

Stacey Willis, Jr.Stacey Willis Jr.
Business Analyst
Team member since 2019

What does Stacey enjoy most about working at Mary Free Bed? “I love the warm environment – everyone’s friendly.” He also appreciates being supported in his job.

“I’m respected for my contributions,” Stacey said, noting he’s been acknowledged for his work by teammates, his manager and “even” CEO Kent Riddle. “Mary Free Bed supports its employees and provides opportunities for growth and development.”

He also appreciates that diversity and inclusion is valued.

“I see it daily in our work environment,” Stacey said. “We even have monthly celebrations that highlight various cultures as well as education opportunities.”

Career Exploration Seminar

High school students 16 years old or older, college students undecided on a major or people considering a career change may benefit from our Career Exploration Seminar.

Topics presented are subject to staff availability, but participants can expect to learn about nursing, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, physical therapy, psychology, social work and care management, speech-language pathology and recreational therapy. Students will learn about education requirements, potential salary expectations and a typical day’s routine.

The Career Exploration Seminar isn’t appropriate for college students with a chosen academic focus. Please instead consider our College Student Volunteer Program.

Location, parking instructions and additional information will be emailed to you a few days prior to the seminar.

 

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Job Shadow

NOTE: Job shadow opportunities have been postponed for 2021-22 school year.

We greatly appreciate your interest in shadowing one of our staff members. We hope to connect you with someone who works in your interest area and give you a taste of what it’s like to work at Mary Free Bed.

We receive hundreds of requests each year for job shadows, and we try to be as accommodating as possible. Out of respect for our staff’s time, we’ve developed a process to manage requests and ensure our patient needs always come first.

A job shadow as a one-time opportunity to shadow one of our staff for up to four hours. Job shadows are meant only for undecided students looking to gain insight into the profession.

Job shadow opportunities are limited to the following professions:
• Physical therapy
• Occupational therapy
• Recreational therapy
• Nursing
• Orthotics and prosthetics

A job shadow may be the right fit if you’re:
• A high school student 16 years old or older
• Enrolled to start college
• A college student undecided on a major
• Looking to make a career change

You’re required to attend a Career Exploration Seminar to be eligible to job shadow. This is a great opportunity not only to learn about the career of your interest but many other careers as well.

Consider our College Student Volunteer Program if you:
• Have already chosen a major/academic focus, and/or
• Need observation hours to fulfill a class requirement or for graduate school requirements/applications.

 

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