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Mary Free Bed receives first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this morning and vaccinations began this afternoon. Rehabilitation physician Richard Ball, M.D., was the first person immunized. He’s the medical director of the Mary Free Bed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program, which trains physicians specializing in rehabilitation…

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Mary Free Bed re-opens ReCOVery℠ Unit for COVID-19 patients

ReCOVery Unit Therapy Patients

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The ReCOVery℠ Unit at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is operational once again. The dedicated unit is for patients who need intensive inpatient rehabilitation and have recently tested positive for COVID-19. The 12-bed ReCOVery℠ Unit is in a physically isolated area of Mary Free Bed’s main campus hospital. All Centers for…

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Mary Free Bed expands patient capacity to support community

Mary Free Bed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – West Michigan general acute-care hospitals are seeing a significant surge of patients with COVID-19, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital officials are adding temporary beds to help reduce the strain. The state has granted approval for the additional beds, and the first 14 are operational. These beds are for patients who…

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Mary Free Bed limiting visitors to protect patients, staff and community

Mary Free Bed Fall Scene

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed is addressing the surge in COVID-19 cases and working to reduce the spread by limiting the number of people coming into our buildings. As always, everyone visiting our main campus in Grand Rapids or any of our outpatient locations will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms or risk factors…

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Mary Free Bed outpatient locations open for rehabilitation care

Outpatient Opening

We’re making it safe and easy to get the care you need at several convenient locations. Would you rather receive virtual services from home? We can do that, too! In-Person Visits You can feel confident coming to see us. We’re following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and State of Michigan guidelines for disinfecting, distancing…

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Mary Free Bed partners with Brooks, Madonna rehabilitation hospitals for telehealth research study in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Telehealth during COVID pandemic

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is teaming up with two rehabilitation partners to launch a research study that will advance the use of telehealth for rehabilitation during public health crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will obtain vital data and feedback used to shape the future of telehealth for…

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National association honors Mary Free Bed CEO with Leadership Award

Kent Riddle, CEO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) has recognized Kent Riddle, president and CEO of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, with the AMRPA National Leadership Excellence Award. The announcement was made Oct. 8 at AMPRA’s virtual Fall Educational Conference and Expo, where the medical rehabilitation industry celebrates excellence in the field….

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Register now to host a Mary Free Bed ‘Thrive’ party

Thrive Gala entertainment Jordan Carson and Zach Henderson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – “Thrive,” the Mary Free Bed Foundation’s annual gala, may look a little different this fall, but its mission remains the same. Instead of one large event attended by hundreds of people, the Foundation is offering opportunities for sponsors to host smaller parties and support Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports…

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Mary Free Bed ranked Top Rehabilitation Center in Michigan by Newsweek


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Newsweek officials today announced their first ranking of rehabilitation organizations, and Mary Free Bed tops the list in Michigan for 2020. The ratings are based on quality of care, service and follow-up care in addition to accommodations and amenities. Newsweek partnered with global market research firm Statista Inc. to rank the…

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Mary Free Bed names Chief Operating Officer

Ingrid Cheslek, Chief Operating Officer

Mary Free Bed’s new Chief Operating Officer has more than 30 years of health care experience. Ingrid Cheslek joined Mary Free Bed in 2015 as the Chief Nursing Officer and in 2016 was also named Chief Clinical Operations Officer. The first woman to serve as COO at Mary Free Bed, Cheslek oversees all aspects of…

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