Posted on November 30, 2017

Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation named among best in nation

The Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation program has earned a five-star rating from U.S. News & World Report to land a spot on its list of Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18.


U.S. News analysts evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, and just 15 percent (about 2,300) were identified as a “best nursing home.” The rankings are designed to help people make informed health care decisions.

“The rating is a reflection of patient rehabilitation outcomes and the way we deliver care,” said Leslie Shanlian, administrator of the Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation program. “Only 28 percent of Michigan’s 444 skilled nursing facilities attained a five-star rating. The average in Michigan is 3.4. We’re delighted with this news.”

Earlier this year, the Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation program was awarded a five-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Rankings are based on health inspections, staffing and quality of medical care.

Since 2009, U.S. News has relied on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by CMS, to develop its annual nursing home ratings report. Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation is one of only five programs in West Michigan to be named a top-performer. Find all of the rankings here.

The Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation program provides short-term inpatient rehabilitation to help patients recover from an illness, injury or surgery. A joint venture with Trinity Health Senior Communities, it’s located on the fifth floor of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Mary Free Bed, the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the country, provides acute rehabilitation for patients recovering from traumatic injuries or illnesses. The Sub-Acute Rehabilitation program’s multidisciplinary team develops a less intense level of rehabilitation.

Skilled nursing and rehabilitation is available for adults with many conditions, including:

  • Multiple injuries, including complex fractures
  • Stroke
  • Amputation
  • Cancer
  • Heart attacks and cardiac surgery
  • General weakness or deconditioning after illness or surgery
  • Orthopedic surgeries, such as laminectomy/fusion, hip and joint replacement, and hip fracture repair.