Intensive Medical Rehabilitation

The simple choice for complex care.

If you’ve had a heart or lung transplant, if you need mechanical ventilation to breathe because of a serious injury or you have other medically complex needs, Mary Free Bed can help. 

Specialists in our Intensive Medical Rehabilitation Program can help you regain strength and self-reliance when you’re struggling with conditions such as: 

  • Neurological disease or injury with compromised pulmonary function 
  • Neuromuscular conditions that require mechanical ventilation to breathe 
  • Acute cervical or upper thoracic spinal cord dysfunction with primary neuromuscular failure 
  • Heart or lung transplant 
  • Dialysis 
  • Spinal cord or neuromuscular failure injury with invasive ventilation and home support in place 
  • Multiple traumas with extended ventilation needs 
  • End-stage heart failure that requires a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) 


Complex medical condition? Let us put you on the path to recovery. 

Lila Deline

Why Mary Free Bed? 

We offer coordinated, comprehensive care for medically complex conditions, including those that require mechanical ventilation.  

A physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, with comprehensive training and experience in high-acuity care, will oversee your treatment. 

Your team will access leading-edge technology and equipment and our robust clinical resources to help you achieve your highest level of independence as quickly as possible. 

The Intensive Medical Rehabilitation Program in our Grand Rapids hospital has: 

  • Private rooms for patients with complex conditions 
  • Low nurse-to-patient ratio 
  • Daily assessment and consultation by a board-certified pulmonologist and a board-certified rehabilitation physician 
  • Dialysis-capable patient rooms 
  • A dedicated therapy gym with wall oxygen 
  • Bedside monitoring with clinical alarm notification 
  • Mechanical ventilation for select patients 
  • 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week respiratory therapy 
  • A BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machine for non-invasive ventilation 
  • High-flow oxygen 
  • Sleep disorder screening, testing and PAP application 
  • Tracheostomy weaning 
  • Home and community discharge coordination 
  • Education, support and resources for patients and family members 
  • Transcutaneous and End Tidal Co2 Monitoring 
  • High-flow oxygen therapy 
  • Cough Assist™, MetaNeb™ and Vest® machines for natural airway clearance 
  • Smoking cessation counseling 


Care plans are customized to meet your individual goals, needs and preferences in a specialized rehabilitation environment. We’ll help you regain physical and emotional strength, communication skills and endurance with hope, compassion and encouragement. 

/ Your Experience

Research shows the sooner you begin intensive rehabilitation, the better your outcome will be.

We provide a quiet yet enriching environment to help you make the most of your recovery.

Kim Laskus, IMR patient


Each week, you’ll participate in at least 15 hours of therapy tailored to your medical and physical abilities. Your therapy will get more intense as you’re able to handle it. You’ll work with therapists to get stronger, improve flexibility and balance, sharpen cognitive skills and build independence.  

Bobbie Patton, IMR patient


Therapy will happen in your private room or in a nearby gym with specialized technology. 



Loved ones are welcome to participate in your therapy, too — particularly those who will help when you get home. We also provide education, support and resources for you and your family. 

/ Meet the Team

You’ll be cared for by compassionate people who have significant experience working with complex medical conditions like yours. You’ll work closely with your team and your family to create a care plan customized to meet your goals, needs and preferences.

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    Board-certified rehabilitation physicians, hand-selected for you and your condition(s).

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    Registered nurses with rehabilitation and wound care certification, as well as nurse technicians.

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    Occupational therapists to help you resume independence with daily activities, such as brushing your teeth, getting dressed, doing laundry and grocery shopping.

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    Physical therapists to evaluate your strength, mobility and level of independence, then provide rehabilitation.

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    Psychologists focus on your emotional well-being, which is just as important as your physical condition. 

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    Registered dietitians to evaluate your nutritional needs and monitor your food intake.

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    Speech-language pathologists to help you, if necessary, with eating, swallowing, speaking, breathing and so on.

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    Recreational therapists to help you get back to doing things you enjoy or introduce you to new leisure activities.

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    A care manager who partners with you and your caregivers to help you adjust to your injury and prepare to return home.

/ Outpatient Experience

Mary Free Bed provides a full spectrum of care to maintain your health, including specialized therapy, home and community services and life-long follow-up care. 

And when you’re ready to graduate from inpatient rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed, you can continue therapy through our home care services and outpatient programs. We’re here for you and your family as long as you need us. 

Kim Laskus in Therapy
/ FAQs

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us.

The next step on your path to recovery.

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