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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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New hospital opening Sunday

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will begin welcoming patients into its new hospital building on Sunday, March 29. The $42 million “West Addition” features 119 private rooms for rehabilitation patients needing acute care, high-tech therapy gyms, a colorful and welcoming environment that encourages greater interaction among staff and patients and many…
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Hospital ribbon-cutting set for today

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will begin welcoming patients into its new hospital building on Sunday, March 29. The $42 million “West Addition” features 119 private rooms for rehabilitation patients needing acute care, high-tech therapy gyms, a colorful and welcoming environment that encourages greater interaction among staff and patients and many…
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Michigan State University College of Human Medicine launches Division of Rehabilitation Medicine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Recognizing the importance of post-acute care, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has announced the creation of the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine. John F. Butzer, MD, director of the Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, has been selected to head the new division. “Rehabilitation is…
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Mary Free Bed welcomes germ-zapping robot

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will welcome a new member to its infectious control team on Monday – a germ-fighting robot that will disinfect patient rooms and other areas of the hospital, significantly reducing the risk of hospital acquired infections. The three-foot-tall robot, manufactured by Xenex Disinfection Services, emits high intensity…
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Mary Free Bed appoints new chief medical officer

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Michael S. Jakubowski, M.D., has been named chief medical officer for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He assumes the role immediately. A member of the Mary Free Bed medical staff since 1987, Dr. Jakubowski is board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as internal medicine. Respected in the…
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MFB cancer rehabilitation experts present at international conference

Grand Rapids, Mich.  – W. Christian VandenBerg, M.D., chief of staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and medical director of the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed, along with Lorraine Pearl-Kraus, Ph.D., program coordinator, presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, on October 9….
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