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Mary Free Bed names Chief Nursing Officer

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Nursing executive Ingrid Cheslek has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as Chief Nursing Officer. Cheslek spent more than three decades at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich., serving in a number of capacities, most recently as Vice President of Patient Services/Chief Nursing Officer. “We’re impressed with Ingrid’s track record of career…
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Rehabilitation engineer receives fellowship

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Amy L. Lenz, a research engineer with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation, has been named a Future Academic Scholar in Teaching (FAST) Fellow at Michigan State University. The year-long fellowship trains doctoral students to become better teachers. So in addition to their research…
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Mary Free Bed wins Chamber’s Excellence in Business Award

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital received the Excellence in Business Award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce during the sixth annual EPIC Awards on June 1, 2015 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Mary Free Bed Chief Operating Officer Kent Riddle, who accepted the award, thanked the community and…
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Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit debuts renovations, private patient rooms

Lansing, Mich. – The first phase of renovations and expansion of the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit is complete, with 30 private patient rooms open today. Mary Free Bed at Sparrow is a joint venture between Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The project will eventually expand the inpatient rehabilitation unit…
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Mary Free Bed hires new CO

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Brittany Begerow, a board-certified orthotist who graduated from Northwestern University and completed her residency at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, has been hired by Mary Free Bed as a full-time orthotist. Begerow, of Grand Rapids, Mich., will be a part of the 22-member team that offers a continuum of orthotic and…
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Local coach inducted into National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Wheelchair basketball player and coach Lee Montgomery, 57, of Grand Rapids, has been inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. Montgomery, who was born with limb differences, has been affiliated with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital since he received his first prosthetics at the…
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Ms. Wheelchair America Samantha Schroth joins Fifth Third River Bank Run

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Ms. Wheelchair America Samantha Schroth will be among the participants in the 25K Wheelchair Division of the Fifth Third River Bank Run. The race will be Schroth’s first in a wheelchair. Schroth, 23, of Wisconsin, suffered a spinal cord injury two years ago when a tree fell on her. Crowned Ms….
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Orthotics & Prosthetics relocates to upgraded facilities

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s orthotics and prosthetics patients will have access to enhanced services and experience improved patient care as the hospital’s Orthotics & Prosthetics Corporation moved into new and high-tech office space over the weekend. For the first time, the following four orthotics and prosthetics services will be housed…
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Junior Sled Wings earn National Championship

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Sled Wings junior team captured its first youth sled hockey Division A National Championship on Sunday, taking a 4-2 win over the two-time defending champion Bennett Blazers at the 11th annual USA Disabled Hockey Festival in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. The Sled Wings, comprised of West Michigan athletes with physical…
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Mary Free Bed receives grant for cancer wellness

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has received a $35,000 Health Innovation Grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health. The money will support a cancer wellness and exercise initiative through Mary Free Bed’s Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program. The grants are intended to bridge the gap between good ideas and implementation of health services…
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