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Mary Free Bed welcomes next generation of rehabilitation physicians to residency program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Four physicians focused on restoring hope and freedom to patients recovering from serious injuries or illnesses have begun their post-graduate training at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The 2019 class was selected from a pool of more than 400 candidates vying for spots in Mary Free Bed’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation…
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International tourney draws 80 wheelchair tennis athletes to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS Mich. – Eighty wheelchair tennis athletes from all over the world will compete in Grand Rapids this weekend at the 2019 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships, hosted by Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports. The highly competitive tournament will showcase athletes of all levels of experience, including Paralympians and hometown heroes. When: 2-6…
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Faith, hope fuel ‘Miracle Malachi’s’ recovery from traumatic brain injury

Malachi Griffin was helping his uncle move from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Tennessee, when his life changed forever. On Dec. 8, halfway through their 15-hour trip, Malachi lost control of the truck he was driving and rolled nine times into oncoming traffic. He was flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with life-threatening injuries, including…
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‘Limit’ not in amputee Nathan Wolford’s vocabulary

During one of his first physical therapy sessions as an inpatient at Mary Free Bed, Nathan Wolford was tossing a weighted ball back and forth with his physical therapist. “That’s the day I first realized it was going to be OK,” said Nathan, 20, whose legs were amputated above the knee after a car crashed…
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Mary Free Bed Guild awards scholarships to ‘inspiring and dedicated’ students

Twenty-one outstanding college students have been recognized for their academic achievements with scholarships awarded by the Mary Free Bed Guild. The Guild has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships since it established the Minority Scholarship Program in 2006 and the Disability Scholarship Program in 2013. This year, the guild accepted applications from throughout Michigan to…
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Debbie credits Weight Management Program with new confidence, well-being

When Debbie Erickson’s physician told her she was pre-diabetic, she knew it was time to do something and joined the Mary Free Bed Weight Management Program. Not only did she lose weight, Debbie no longer was pre-diabetic. She gained self-confidence and belief in her ability to maintain her weight loss. Debbie shares her experience here:…
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World champion to compete in Amway River Bank Run wheelchair race

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The winner of the 2019 London Marathon men’s wheelchair race will be among an elite group of athletes competing Saturday in the Amway River Bank Run. Daniel Romanchuk, 20, looks to continue his remarkable year in this one-of-a-kind race after sealing major marathon victories not only in London, but Chicago, New…
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