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Our team of specialists understands the physical, emotional and practical challenges unique to people with spinal cord injuries.

They take time to know your concerns and goals, what motivates you and gives your life meaning. It’s this comprehensive, holistic approach that enables you to heal and move beyond your injury.

Last year, inpatient programs located in nine Michigan hospitals where Mary Free manages rehabilitation care helped more than 200 people enjoy fulfilling lives after spinal cord injuries. At our Grand Rapids campus, 16% more Mary Free Bed patients than the national average returned to home or a homelike setting, and we also surpassed the national average for the amount of functional improvement. Additionally, patient satisfaction was in the 99th percentile. Click here for outcomes information.

Our hospital has been designed to maximize your function while fostering a comfortable and uplifting environment. For example, our main therapy spaces are located on the same floor as patient rooms. This enables clinical team members to more closely collaborate and spend more time with you.

Your spinal cord injury rehabilitation experience

As part of your inpatient rehabilitation for spinal cord injury, you can practice multiple daily living skills in a specialized treatment space located on your floor. And, if you’re able, you can practice standing and walking with the aid of our extensive ceiling-mounted technology, like the ZeroG and Tollos.

Quiet, private patient rooms have large windows, spacious bathrooms, pull-out couches and 42-inch flat panel televisions. Multiple “destination locations,” including a solarium with a two-sided fireplace and a rooftop terrace, offer relaxing spaces to visit with friends and family. Click to see 360-degree virtual tours of our specialized facilities.

After your inpatient stay: Resources for you and your family

Our clinical experts help you understand your injury and learn ways to adapt activities, but our former patients and their family members also play an important role. We’ll introduce you to others who have similar injuries and life circumstances. Our patients tell us this peer support and camaraderie is an invaluable part of their rehabilitation.

When your stay is over and you become a graduate of the Mary Free Bed inpatient program, you can continue to receive therapy through our continuum of care. We offer comprehensive, specialty services that are available at any point during your rehabilitation including inpatient, outpatienthome and community and life-long follow-up medical care.

Mary Free Bed’s John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation is engaged in research efforts to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury. The hospital has been awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to measure how physical activity impacts the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Click here and here to learn more about recruitment for the study.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and the Mary Free Bed YMCA have collaborated to offer an FES cycling program for people with traumatic spinal cord injury. Learn how to become involved in the cutting-edge program.

Learn more about the patient experience and outcomes by watching these videos:

Why Mary Free Bed?

It’s your right to choose where you receive rehabilitation services. Why “Ask for Mary?”

  • Our teams of experienced doctors, nurses and therapists specialize in treating people with spinal cord injuries. We’re the only rehabilitation facility in West Michigan with this level of specialization and are accredited as a Spinal Cord Injury System of Care by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF). This voluntary but rigorous accreditation process is based on specific and comprehensive standards ensuring the highest-quality rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries.
  • Our program is part of the United Spinal Association’s Affiliate Service Program, a resource intended to help patients and caregivers identify the most valuable disability-related services across the country.
  • Our admissions liaisons are happy to provide patients and their families who live outside West Michigan with helpful information about comfortable and affordable local lodging, including the on-campus inn at Mary Free Bed. Free parking is available on our easy-to-navigate downtown campus. We also offer free valet parking for patients and visitors arriving at our inpatient building.

Our Spinal Cord Injury Program differs from other spine injury rehabilitation providers in that we offer programs and services for a lifetime. Whether it’s participating in one of the many adaptive sports clinics or sports teams sponsored by our Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program, attending one of our Spinal Cord Injury educational symposiums or participating in peer support activities, an array of life-enhancing activities are available to you and your family.

Ask for a referral or call us directly: 616.840.8790

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