Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – 2023

Imagine a world where every child has the chance to pursue their dreams. Leaps & Boundless is our big-hearted promise to bring that reality to Michigan. At Joan Secchia Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, it’s not just about getting better; it’s about giving every kid the opportunity to leap into a world where anything’s possible.

Join our campaign today and become a hero in stories of hope and healing. Your kindness gives our youngest patients the strength and courage to soar.

Together, we can create a future where every child reaches their greatest potential.

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Building Bridges to Hope and Healing

Pure Architects, the firm selected to design the hospital, believes “every project, every building, makes an impact beyond its walls.” The Grand Rapids-based firm is devoted to designing human-centered spaces and places that uplift our community and positively impact our environment.

We’re proud to partner with a purpose-driven team committed to building an inclusive and equitable world for future generations.

Meet Pure Architects

Giving Kids a Springboard to a Brighter Future


Build a state-of-the-art, freestanding children’s rehabilitation hospital dedicated to helping all kids achieve the best possible outcome through compassionate collaboration, innovation and interdisciplinary care.

Taking Michigan’s Pediatric Rehabilitation to New Heights

This world-class hospital will be designed for, and exclusively dedicated to, the rehabilitation of infants, children and teens — one that will exponentially enhance collaboration, medical treatment and clinical outcomes.

  • 2x


  • +20%


  • +2,500


Big Leaps for Boundless Futures.

Mary Free Bed is a statewide resource for children’s rehabilitation. From 2016 through 2023, we treated 40,718 individual inpatients and outpatients in the Mary Free Bed System and cared for 1,313 out-of-state children — welcoming kids with the most serious and complex conditions. Approximately 60% of Michigan children who need inpatient rehabilitation are treated at Mary Free Bed in Grand Rapids.

Building Profile

3 Floors – 67,000 Square Feet

*Naming opportunities coming soon*


  • Specialized therapy gym
  • Treatment, exam and procedure rooms
  • Consultation rooms
  • Family resource center
  • Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics
  • Intensive Feeding Program
  • Express café
  • Classroom
  • Playground


  • 24 private rooms
  • All rooms with ventilator capability
  • Specialized therapy gyms
  • Areas designed for kids to practice everyday tasks

Financing and Timeline

The $70M project is a public-private partnership. Operated as a joint venture between Mary Free Bed and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, philanthropy will support important infrastructure, program enhancements and innovation.


The Joan Secchia Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital groundbreaking event will be held on Thursday, August 15.

Distinctive Spaces

  • Sky bridge with flexible therapy environments
  • Sophisticated technology fit for kids
  • Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics
  • Certified teacher classroom
Your Support Helps Kids Soar 

Your generosity will make this dream a reality, and we look forward to partnering with you on this momentous project. Joan Secchia Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital will be one of the crowning jewels of our community — a visible and practical demonstration of the importance we place on health care and children.


The proof is in their stories.

Let’s eat!

Learn how therapists use neuromuscular electrical stimulation to help babies swallow successfully in the Mary Free Bed Feeding Program.

Sam Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery -Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Team at Mary Free Bed

Courage, Faith & Perseverance

In September, 16-year-old Sam Smalldon was airlifted to Corewell Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital after a car crash. Sam suffered serious injuries – including multiple skull fractures, broken bones and a severe traumatic brain injury (or TBI). He found his village of support at Mary Free Bed Kids.

The Chronic Pain Program Helps Selena Find Relief

The innovative program blends medical and behavioral rehabilitation to significantly improve and manage symptoms – so kids like Selena with chronic pain can enjoy being kids.

The Art & Science of Orthotics

Lawston’s parents turned to the Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics + Bionics team for a custom omphalocele compression brace that also addresses his scoliosis. After one month, he’s already seeing great progress.