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Mary Free Bed hosts national Rehabilitation Consortium

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Grand Rapids Michigan Aerial View of CampusGrand Rapids, Mich. — Nationally recognized leaders in physical medicine and rehabilitation will meet this week in Grand Rapids to discuss advances in the field and how to improve quality of life for people facing injury, illness or disability. The 10-member Rehabilitation Consortium’s biannual meeting is being hosted by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

“The consortium is made up of the largest, most comprehensive, not-for-profit rehabilitation hospitals in the country,” said Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle. “We share information so that we can enhance quality and be better at advocating for our patients and their families.”

The two-day meeting begins Thursday, Sept. 22, with topical discussions and tours of Mary Free Bed, which includes the new West Building, part of a $66.4 million expansion and renovation project that makes it the fifth-largest independent rehabilitation hospital in the United States.

“Mary Free Bed is proud to show our new and renovated buildings as well as share information about our statewide rehabilitation network, research and medical education offerings and our nationally known Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program,” Riddle said. “We’re also excited to have them see Grand Rapids in the midst of ArtPrize.”

On Friday, Sept. 23, consortium members will visit the Mary Free Bed YMCA to see the first building in the world to receive Universal Design Certification from the Global Universal Design Commission. It serves as an international model for inclusion and accessibility for people of all abilities.

In addition to Mary Free Bed, the consortium includes leaders from: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.; JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison, N.J.; Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb.; Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Ill.; MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.; Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation in Chattanooga, Tenn.; TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston; and Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte, N.C. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston also is a member but representatives were unable to attend.

Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital. For 125 years, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults who have experienced brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve outstanding clinical results. For additional information, visit maryfreebed.com.

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