At its core, rehabilitation is transformational. Our youngest patients use rehabilitation as a springboard to the brightest of futures. But a rehabilitation hospital is not just about transforming the lives of patients - it's also about supporting families, strengthening communities and changing global mindsets. This opportunity to impact change will span generations.
Since 2016, the number of patients we’ve treated across Michigan has increased more than 73%. Some days we have more inpatients than we have pediatric beds in our Grand Rapids program. Our outpatient gyms are bursting at the seams. We’re safely maneuvering during high-census situations, but these formerly unusual times are far too common.
A free-standing hospital dedicated exclusively to children’s rehabilitation will help us catch up with demand, increase access to care and enhance our care delivery. Part of a joint operating agreement, we’ll collaborate with clinicians from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. So far, we’ve received $10 million dollars from the state and have funding requests out to the county and federal government. The project will be a shared public-private partnership.
Mary Free Bed Kids and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital share a vision that elevates and expands levels of care for Michigan’s kids. It’s a collaboration that benefits everyone and aims to create:
Projection: CY 2022
8.7K children treated by Mary Free Bed Kids
Projection: New Hospital
20% more patients served by third year of operation
Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability, and it’s been historically difficult to detect in babies. We’re working to change that. Early detection with advanced technology can dramatically reduce the negative impact CP has on children, their families and the lifelong cost of care. Learn how our teams are tackling treatment.
Our purpose is to help kids move better, think better and feel better. Rehabilitation includes the entire child, and mental health is an important aspect of recovery. Individualized therapy programs include counseling and guidance for patients and their families. Learn more about our mental health services.
As we treat conditions, we also focus on their future impact. Medical costs for kids with cerebral palsy run about 10 times higher than for children without it. Dr. Lisa Voss discusses how early diagnosis improves lives today and tomorrow while reducing health care costs.
Our Chronic Pain program helps kids like Selena return to normal activities, such as attending school, playing sports, and being active in the community. Research shows about 30% of children ages 10-18 experience pain that lasts three months or longer.
Our youngest patients won’t be focusing on the significance of this building. They don’t need to know it’s the first of its kind in Michigan or that it’s the ninth free-standing children’s rehabilitation hospital in the United States. All they need to know is they get better here. Can be themselves here. And feel loved here. It’s a place of transformational healing and building better futures.
Take a closer look at our project and its positive impact.