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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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YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids breaks ground on the new Mary Free Bed YMCA

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids broke ground today on a new $30 million facility in Cascade Township which will be the first-of-its-kind Y in the nation to comprehensively implement universal design to serve individuals of all abilities. To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the Mary Free Bed Guild is investing in this…
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Losing hope not an option for quadruple amputee

Pam Buschle and friends celebrate

CONTACT: Beth Cranson Media Relations 616.840.8215 – office 616.540.0813 – cell beth.cranson@maryfreebed.com Grand Rapids, Michigan – After contracting sepsis in December, 2013, Pam Buschle of Grand Rapids, Mich. lost her arms and her legs. Despite quadruple amputations, Pam’s sense of humor and can-do attitude never wavered. In May, She walked out of Mary Free Bed…
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Top wheelchair tennis players in Grand Rapids tourney

The Midwest Wheelchair Outdoor Championships, which takes place July 10-13 at MVP Athletic Club- Crahen, has attracted the top wheelchair tennis players in the U.S. and other highly ranked players from Japan, France and Canada. Hosted by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program, the tournament is expected to attract about 70…
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MFB and MSU form research partnership

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are joining together to transform Mary Free Bed into a research and teaching hospital. This collaboration sets the stage for cutting-edge research and evidence-based medicine to improve the lives of patients and encourage more medical school students to…
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