Mary Free Bed Kids provides a full range of rehabilitation programs, services and resources for children of all ages, from birth to adulthood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Family and friends can play an important role in your child’s care, too.
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.
Mary Free Bed Kids has Pediatric Specialty Accreditation by CARF, an international organization that reinforces rehabilitation standards.
We have the only dedicated and secure inpatient unit for children and adolescents in the state of Michigan.
Our pediatric experts are creative, disguising therapy as play.
Mary Free Bed Kids ranks in the top 10% in the nation for overall inpatient satisfaction.
Take a look at some questions parents often ask about the Mary Free Bed Kids program.