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We combine expert care with a lot of love to help your child reach his or her fullest potential. It's been our mission for 130 years.

Ask for Mary. Call 616.840.8790.

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Care comes in all sizes

Mary Free Bed Kids provides a full range of rehabilitation programs, services and resources for children of all ages, from birth to adulthood.

Restoring hope and smiles.

At Mary Free Bed, we heal with our hands and treat with our hearts. We believe:

No two children are alike, so each child’s rehabilitation is unique.

Laughter is a healing tool, and it makes everything more fun.

You become part of our family, so expect to be loved.

Faces of Rehabilitation

Divya Harkema has cerebral palsy. Divya and her mother traveled from their home in India to Grand Rapids for surgery to improve muscle spasticity. After the life-changing procedure, Divya spent eight weeks with Mary Free Bed Kids.

When Divya graduated a year ago, she could stand just nine seconds without support. Today, she’s a busy six-year-old who loves swimming, riding horses and playing with her cousins.

Meet Divya
Where progress meets playtime

Mary Free Bed is one of the only inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Michigan with a unit just for children and teens.

Our doctors, nurses and therapists are focused on pediatric care. And our pediatric therapy gyms and rehabilitation technology were designed with our youngest patients in mind.

We build close and personal connections with our patients and their families. These connections are important to successful rehabilitation.

Your child's experience

Our team is inspired by the grit and determination of our young patients. Our mission is to help them and their families find hope and freedom through rehabilitation.

But there’s no one-size-fits-all answer or outcome. Your child’s therapy plan may be different from another’s, even though their challenges may be similar. And the speed at which they recover may be different, too.

What can your child expect during a Mary Free Bed Kids inpatient stay?

  • Bright and cheerful social spaces designed to help kids connect.
  • On-site educational support from a certified teacher.
  • iPads, Wii Rehabilitation and laptops for kids who love screens.
  • Equipment and games for all ages and developmental levels.


And here’s what’s in store for you:

  • A safe, secure and structured environment filled with love.
  • Families experience similar situations. Their support and insight can be a blessing.
  • An open door for your pediatrician to participate in rehabilitation care and planning.
  • A variety of lodging options, including rooming with your child or staying on campus at our inn. A nearby Ronald McDonald House provides rooms and free shuttle service for families of hospitalized children.
Your treatment team

Depending on your child’s needs, he or she may meet many “helpers” or just a few. These doctors, nurses, therapy specialists and other pediatric clinical experts will help your child recover as much — and as soon — as possible:

  • Rehabilitation doctors
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Care manager
  • Speech-language pathologists

Family and friends can play an important role in your child’s care, too.

Why Mary Free Bed Kids?

We provide Michigan’s most comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation services.

Improving the quality of life for children and teens has been an important part of Mary Free Bed’s mission for more than a century.

Last year, we treated 164 children of all ages in our inpatient program, and more than the national average returned to their home or community setting. Patients gained more functional improvement than the national average, and patient satisfaction scored in the 95th percentile.

Outcomes Statistics

Mary Free Bed Kids has Pediatric Specialty Accreditation by CARF, an international organization that reinforces rehabilitation standards.

Israel Manzano - Cerebral Palsy

We have the only dedicated and secure inpatient unit for children and adolescents in the state of Michigan.

New Therapy Playground
Fun Loving!

Our pediatric experts are creative, disguising therapy as play.

Madelynn Birchmeier Outpatient Peds Covid Early Development Pt With Micah July 2021 14

Mary Free Bed Kids ranks in the top 10% in the nation for overall inpatient satisfaction.


Many outpatient options are available, whether your child continues treatment after an inpatient stay or is new to Mary Free Bed Kids.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at some questions parents often ask about the Mary Free Bed Kids program.

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