Foundation announces expansion and renovation capital campaign

[Above video courtesy of WOOD TV8]

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation officials launched the public phase of a capital campaign today to support a $66.4 million expansion and renovation project.

“This transformative project enables us to serve additional patients and provide rehabilitation that is even more specialized,” said Kent Riddle, president and CEO of Mary Free Bed. “We’re committed to bringing leading-edge rehabilitation technology to the community so our clinical experts have the latest tools to create brighter futures for our patients.”

Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Kate Pew Wolters and Arend D. “Don” Lubbers reported the campaign has reached 85% of the $16 million community goal.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the commitment and expertise of the Mary Free Bed staff,” Wolters said. “I’ve received a variety of Mary Free Bed services throughout my entire life and I’m honored to give back.”

A fierce champion of people with disabilities, she is providing a $250,000 challenge match grant for community donations.

Co-chair Don Lubbers sees Mary Free Bed as an essential element of our community.

“Mary Free Bed is one of the pillars on which the west Michigan reputation as a world class medical community is being built,” Lubbers said.

To date, major gifts have been received from: The Keller Family, The Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, Wege Foundation, The Meijer Foundation, The Doornink Foundation, Frey Foundation, The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, Ken and Judy Betz, Steele and Mary Taylor, The Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation, CDV5 Foundation, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, The Bea Aldrink Idema Foundation, Mike and Sue Jandernoa, The Gerber Foundation, John and Nancy Kennedy and The Dave and Carol Van Andel Foundation.

Additional financial support for the project included gifts and pledges from: the Mary Free Bed Guild, Steelcase, Inc., The Edith Blodgett Legacy Fund of The Brookby Foundation, The Grand Rapids Community Foundation and John B. Bertsch.

About Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
A West Michigan resource since 1891, Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital dedicated exclusively to providing rehabilitation for children and adults. Comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enable specialized physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical outcomes. With 167 inpatient beds, numerous outpatient programs, and a home and community services program based at the Grand Rapids location, Mary Free Bed is the most comprehensive rehabilitation provider in Michigan.

About Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
A charitable organization created in October 2012, the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation raises funds for capital, expansion and program improvements. The goal is to ensure Mary Free Bed’s future is as compelling as its history.

About Kate Pew Wolters – Campaign Co-Chair
Well known for her extensive philanthropic work, Wolters has used Mary Free Bed services throughout her entire life. Born with a form of dwarfism, Kate received outpatient therapy and participated in adaptive sports during her youth. Today she wears orthotic shoes and travels around the country in a power chair – both made at Mary Free Bed.

About Arend D. “Don” Lubbers – Campaign Co-Chair
Best known locally for his 32-year tenure as Grand Valley State University president, when Don Lubbers retired in 2001, he was the longest-serving, public university president in the United States. He is renowned and respected for working to create a strong West Michigan community by developing public and private sector collaborations.

About David Frey – Campaign Advisor
David Frey is chairman of the Frey Foundation. He has enjoyed a successful career in the banking industry including serving as President and Chairman of Union Bank & Trust and Union Bancorp, Inc. Active in community philanthropy, Frey serves as the co-chair of the Grand Action Committee which led the design and fundraising effort for many major projects including the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place Convention Center, Meijer Majestic Civic Theatre and the Downtown Market.

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