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25K wheelchair division marks 25 years

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – For the 25th consecutive year, the Mary Free Bed Guild is sponsoring the 25K Wheelchair Division of the Fifth Third River Bank Run. To acknowledge and honor this milestone, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is reflecting on the past…
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Hip ski flick fronts fundraiser to encourage helmet use

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – A highly acclaimed ski movie will be featured at Wealthy Theatre as part of a fundraiser that also will include a silent auction, raffle, discounted lift tickets and a give-away of winter sports helmets. Sherpa Cinema’s feature film “Into…
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Doubles tennis tourney fundraiser this weekend

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grandville, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s 10th Annual Adult Charity Tennis Tournament takes place this weekend, January 4-5, at Ramblewood Tennis & Health Club in Grandville. More than 50 players, both able-bodied and in wheelchairs, will participate in the doubles tourney,…
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A crowning moment for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital on Dec. 19, 2013

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will mark a significant milestone in its $62.5 million expansion and renovation when one of the final steel beams is placed atop the new building at 10 am December 19, 2013. The Crowning Ceremony…
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Third pediatric physiatrist joins Mary Free Bed

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has expanded its number of pediatric physiatrists by hiring a third doctor who specializes in this relatively rare field of medicine. Physiatrists are medical doctors who receive fellowship training in physical medicine. Fewer than 300…
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Four new CARF accreditations for Mary Free Bed

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s amputation programs as well as the home and community services programs have been newly accredited by CARF International, the independent non-profit accrediting agency for rehabilitation hospitals. These 4 new accreditations boost the number of accredited rehabilitation programs to 11 for Mary Free Bed. Each one demonstrates a…
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Mary Free Bed patient first in Michigan to receive Kickstart Walking System

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed patient Lisa Curtis of Portage, Michigan will literally be putting the ‘spring back in her step’ when she becomes the first person in the state to receive Seattle-based Cadence Biomedical’s new Kickstart Walking System. The session is set for 10:30am this Friday, July 19 at Mary Free Bed…
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Mary Free Bed purchases Mercy Health Orthotics & Prosthetics program

Muskegon, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics (O & P) Corporation is expanding services to Muskegon with the purchase of Mercy Orthotics and Prosthetics. The transaction becomes effective July 1, 2013. The seven-member Mercy O & P staff will be employed by Mary Free Bed, so relationships that have developed over the years…
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New physiatrist joins hospital

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Daniel Fechtner, M.D., has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as a full-time physiatrist. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, he joins Mary Free Bed from the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, which is the teaching hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fechtner treats patients who have…
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