GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Leaders from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Beacon Health System are pleased to announce a new collaboration. Under the terms of a professional services agreement, Mary Free Bed will manage the adult inpatient rehabilitation programs at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart and Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
Beacon is the first Indiana-based health system to join the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, which includes more than 30 Michigan hospitals with 350 inpatient rehabilitation beds, as well as extensive outpatient services.
Mary Free Bed is one of the largest rehabilitation systems in the country and is well known for its excellent clinical outcomes and innovative service models.
“We’re excited about this collaboration with Mary Free Bed,” said Kreg Gruber, Beacon Health System chief executive officer. “Together, we are creating even brighter futures for our adult patients who need rehabilitation following injuries, illnesses or surgeries.”
A director from Mary Free Bed will lead the program, bringing unparalleled rehabilitation expertise and the latest evidence-based practice models to both hospitals. Four Mary Free Bed clinical liaisons will help the Beacon staff identify patients who would benefit from acute inpatient rehabilitation.
Beacon’s inpatient rehabilitation physicians, nurses and clinical staff members will continue to provide direct patient care in the 20-bed units at Elkhart General and Memorial hospitals.
“For years, Mary Free Bed has been treating patients from northern Indiana,” said Kent Riddle, Mary Free Bed president and CEO. “We’re excited to collaborate with an organization such as Beacon Health to restore hope and freedom for even more patients in the communities it serves.”
About Beacon Health System
Beacon Health System is the largest, locally owned and operated non-profit health care system in northern Indiana. Beacon is a trusted partner and guide in creating and maintaining health as well as the majority provider of services to the underinsured and underserved. Elkhart General Hospital, Community Hospital of Bremen, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Beacon Children’s Hospital, Beacon Medical Group, Beacon Health Foundation and Beacon Health & Fitness are powered by more than 7,000 associates and 1,100 physicians. Epworth Hospital is St. Joseph County’s only inpatient behavioral health facility. Beacon is also an education organization helping to train medical residents in the fields of family medicine and hospital pharmacy. Visit Beacon online at www.beaconhealthsystem.org.
About Mary Free Bed
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed experts have restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults with brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of more than 110 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve extraordinary clinical results. Additionally, the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network includes more than 30 acute care hospitals across Michigan. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com.