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Mary Free Bed welcomes germ-zapping robot

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will welcome a new member to its infectious control team on Monday – a germ-fighting robot that will disinfect patient rooms and other areas of the hospital, significantly reducing the risk of hospital acquired infections. The three-foot-tall robot, manufactured by Xenex Disinfection Services, emits high intensity…
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Mary Free Bed appoints new chief medical officer

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Michael S. Jakubowski, M.D., has been named chief medical officer for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He assumes the role immediately. A member of the Mary Free Bed medical staff since 1987, Dr. Jakubowski is board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as internal medicine. Respected in the…
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Still hunting – and still walking

Ed Spoelma has three words of advice for anyone who hunts from a tree stand: Wear your harness. Three years ago, Ed was hunting from a tree stand near Remus, Mich. when he fell 20 feet, breaking his sternum and back. He suffered permanent nerve damage and now has two rods in his back. “I…
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Amputee Pam Buschle and her new $100,000 robotic hands

Sepsis survivor and Mary Free Bed alumna Pam Buschle received her new hands on Monday, October 27, 2014. The following are links to stories from local Grand Rapids media on the fitting and happiness that came from the day! Congratulations again go to Pam and the amazing strides she has made in the last year….
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MFB cancer rehabilitation experts present at international conference

Grand Rapids, Mich.  – W. Christian VandenBerg, M.D., chief of staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and medical director of the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed, along with Lorraine Pearl-Kraus, Ph.D., program coordinator, presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, on October 9….
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YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids breaks ground on the new Mary Free Bed YMCA

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids broke ground today on a new $30 million facility in Cascade Township which will be the first-of-its-kind Y in the nation to comprehensively implement universal design to serve individuals of all abilities. To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the Mary Free Bed Guild is investing in this…
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Mary Free Bed and Airway Oxygen to Provide Wheelchairs for Artprize 2014

For the first time in the history of ArtPrize, visitors with limited mobility will have free access to wheelchairs. Thanks to support from the Mary Free Bed Guild, home medical equipment suppliers Airway Oxygen Inc. and, of course, ArtPrize, at least 10 wheelchairs will be available for the duration of ArtPrize, which begins September 24…
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