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Kids burn off energy at Junior Wheelchair Winter Sports Day

Jr. Wheelchair Camp

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Several kids got some much needed physical activity on the final day of winter break at Junior Wheelchair Winter Sports Day at the Mary Free Bed YMCA. Adult wheelchair athletes, instructors and other volunteers helped the kids burn off some energy playing basketball, softball, tennis and dodgeball. To see more offerings…


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Community Non-Profits Join Forces for Low Vision, Blindness Services

ABVI Photo

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Serving the West Michigan community for 106 years, staff members at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired have improved life for thousands of children and adults who have low vision or blindness. Determined to design the future so ABVI could grow its programs and services, leaders looked to affiliate…


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Mary Free Bed Selects Epic for New Electronic Medical Records Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s going to be Epic, say Mary Free Bed clinicians and IT professionals. Leaders from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have signed a 10-year agreement with Covenant HealthCare officials to extend their electronic medical record (EMR) software called Epic to Mary Free Bed. Electronic medical records are the digital version of…


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U.S., Russian teams to compete in international youth sled hockey tournament

Sled Wings Hockey Tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the first time, Grand Rapids will host the International Youth Sled Hockey Invitational, drawing elite teams from across the United States and Russia. Grand Rapids’ Junior Sled Wings will hit the ice against the Youth Russian National All-Star Sled Hockey Team, along with the Hope Inc. Hurricanes from Minnesota and…


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Halloween Heroes Parade: Child-Inspired and Created with Love

Halloween Parade Workshop

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Halloween is just around the corner, and we know 35 kids who just can’t wait! They’ve decided what they want to be and have been measured for customized costumes that make their wheelchairs disappear. Volunteers from the community and Mary Free Bed are sawing, gluing, pounding and painting. They’re adding lights,…


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Mary Free Bed chief psychologist recognized for work by National Academy of Neuropsychology

  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Dr. Jacobus Donders, chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, has been honored by the National Academy of Neuropsychology with the Ralph M. Reitan Award for Clinical Excellence. The award recognizes Donders’ significant contributions to the clinical practice of neuropsychology. Donders oversees Mary Free Bed’s team of psychologists, who…


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Celebrate rehabilitation and ‘Thrive’ at Mary Free Bed gala

Thrive Graphic

The Mary Free Bed Foundation will host “Thrive, A Rehabilitation Celebration” on Nov. 2 at DeVos Place. The sixth annual gala will raise funds to help restore as much independence as possible to patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability among adults and children in…


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Portage teen battles EEE virus with rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed

It was Aug. 16 when Kerri Dooley noticed her 14-year-old daughter wasn’t feeling well. Savanah DeHart had a severe headache and was acting dazed and lethargic. When her symptoms worsened overnight, Kerri took Savanah to the emergency room at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, not far from their Portage home. Doctors performed several tests…


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