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Music motivates Mary Free Bed patients, putting the harmony in rehabilitation

Sharlet Alagia was walking across the street when she was struck by a car in the crosswalk. The impact broke her back, and Sharlet underwent emergency surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo to repair the injury to her spinal cord. When she came to Mary Free Bed four days after the accident, Sharlet could…
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Junior Pacers clinch 2018 NIT Championship at National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

The Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers once again captured a national championship at the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, and coach Lee Montgomery couldn’t be more proud. “We had some ups and downs throughout the tournament, but these kids never gave up,” Montgomery said. “They never gave up.” The Junior Pacers –…
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Inn at Mary Free Bed expansion accommodates more patients, families

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Nicholas Burrell comes to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital each week for outpatient therapy, traveling about 90 minutes from his home north of Shelby, Michigan. It’s a fairly long trek, but staying overnight at the Inn at Mary Free Bed makes it possible. Nicholas, 32, arrives in the afternoon for a…
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Grand Rapids area hospitals enhancing healthy visitor efforts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids area hospitals are working to meet the challenge of caring for our community during this CDC-declared flu epidemic. One of the most important tools in fighting the transmission of flu is limiting exposure. The flu can be especially dangerous to the young, frail or elderly. For the safety of…
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AlterG treadmill helps Mary Free Bed patients defy gravity, rehab sooner and safer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Charlie Pietryga is a ballet dancer who relies on body strength to gracefully glide across a stage. But the 17-year-old from East Grand Rapids had to hang up her toe shoes when she suffered Morton’s neuroma, a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot. Following surgery, Charlie – a member…
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Mary Free Bed, GVSU announce expanded partnership

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Leaders from Grand Valley State University and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital are expanding their partnership, which will strengthen the region’s health care talent pipeline and serve the needs of rehabilitation patients. The two organizations have a long history of collaboration. Mary Free Bed serves as a clinical site for Grand…
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Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed Forge Partnership to Expand Inpatient Rehabilitation Care

This week, leaders from Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed signed a partnership agreement to form a 50-50 joint venture. Working together, Covenant and Mary Free Bed will bring advanced rehabilitation care to Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region. Located in Saginaw, Covenant HealthCare is a 642-bed health care system. Providing quality inpatient rehabilitation…
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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…
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Mary Free Bed adds new outpatient rehabilitation locations to serve patients in Holland, Kalamazoo

Grand Rapids, Mich. – People who need specialized outpatient rehabilitation now have more options in the Holland and Kalamazoo areas. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has expanded its system of care to satellite locations in the West Michigan communities. “We’re excited to offer our specialized rehabilitation programs in convenient locations for Holland and Kalamazoo patients,”…
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