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Sales from Grand Rapids photographer’s new book to benefit Mary Free Bed Kids

Brian Kelly Photography Grand Rapids

Brian Kelly’s new passion project exemplifying his love for the city of Grand Rapids will help two local organizations near and dear to his heart.  The popular Grand Rapids photographer is publishing a book of aerial photographs offering a unique perspective of the city. “AERIAL: Grand Rapids from Above” is a 100-page coffee table book…


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Send a letter or draw a picture to help us spread hope and happiness to Mary Free Bed patients

SAR patient and nurse

Patients recovering from disabling illnesses and injuries at Mary Free Bed need encouragement now more than ever. Support is an important part of rehabilitation, so Mary Free Bed’s team of recreational therapists wants to share a little love with the community’s help. “We’re seeking ways to brighten our patients’ spirits and spread joy,” said recreational…


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Matt adopts ‘whatever it takes’ approach to rehabilitation following stroke

Update: Five months after graduating from Mary Free Bed’s Stroke Program, Matt Rorabaugh continues to make great strides in his recovery from a massive stroke. “I feel great, so fortunate,” Matt said. Building on his efforts in Mary Free Bed’s inpatient program, Matt’s continued with physical, occupational and speech-language therapies near his Morley home two-three…


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Spinal cord injury study shows promise for increased independence; more participants needed

Pat Besta working out

People with spinal cord injuries who exercise regularly are seeing a positive impact on their health, according to preliminary results of a study by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Michigan. The three-year, collaborative research effort is investigating whether a novel exercise training program affects quality of life for people with spinal…


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Mary Free Bed patients treated to Spa Day

A Day at the Spa

Patients at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital received some extra special pampering ahead of the holidays, thanks to volunteers and the Recreational Therapy department. Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy gym was transformed into a salon, where students from the Paul Mitchell School in Grand Rapids treated patients of all ages to complimentary manicures, haircuts and…


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Halloween Heroes celebrate in style

Kids love Halloween, and volunteers from the community and Mary Free Bed made sure 35 current and former patients were able to celebrate in a special way. The fourth annual Halloween Heroes Parade marched around Mary Free Bed and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital on Oct. 26, with the Forest Hills Central Marching Band leading…


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Heroes Bash a party of galactic proportions for Mary Free Bed Kids graduates

  The Force is strong in the Mary Free Bed family. The mysterious energy field in the fictional “Star Wars” universe provides extraordinary abilities to those who possess it, binding the galaxy together. The magical power of the Force bears similarities to Mary Free Bed’s unique culture and the special bond between caregivers and patients….


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Research shows interdisciplinary rehabilitation best treats fibromyalgia

Guest blog: Dr. James Hudson is medical director of the Pain Rehabilitation program. He’s specialized in the treatment and management of patients with chronic pain at Mary Free Bed for more than 30 years. He leads a specialized team of doctors and therapists who use a rehabilitation approach to pain management. In this blog, Dr….


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