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Man Returns to Hunting after Experiencing a Spinal Cord Injury

As an experienced hunter, Breck Lonier was familiar with the safety precautions. However, one mistake led him to fall from a tree stand and become paralyzed. The only thing Breck remembers during that hunting trip in October 1999 was that he wasn’t feeling well. “I actually fell from the tree stand twice,” Breck explains. “I…
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Teenager with Cerebral Palsy Graduates from Mary Free Bed

During her month-long stay at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Kat agreed to share her rehabilitation journey with the world. She was featured on WOOD-TV’s eightWest program and was Mary Free Bed’s first guest blogger. In this final video entry, Kat reflects on her time at Mary Free Bed and looks forward to a bright…
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Our first Mary Free Bed Communications Blog – Hi I’m Ben Risinger!

Michigan. If you had told me three months ago I would be living in Michigan, I would have just chuckled. Well…now I live in the Mitten. My name is Ben and I am the New Media and Community Relations specialist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. I’m ending my fourth week of employment at MFB,…
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Mary Free Bed Receives 100 stuffed animals from Bedside Healers

  Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital was the recent recipient of 100 Bedside Healers, stuffed animals with velcro straps that make it possible to attach them to bedside railing, wheelchairs, walkers, and even wrists. This generous donation was made possible by Augusta Tower Technologies, Inc. Jason Peach of Bedside Healers announced the Mary Free Bed…
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Mary Free Bed patient first in Michigan to receive Kickstart Walking System

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed patient Lisa Curtis of Portage, Michigan will literally be putting the ‘spring back in her step’ when she becomes the first person in the state to receive Seattle-based Cadence Biomedical’s new Kickstart Walking System. The session is set for 10:30am this Friday, July 19 at Mary Free Bed…
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New physiatrist joins hospital

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Daniel Fechtner, M.D., has joined Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as a full-time physiatrist. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, he joins Mary Free Bed from the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, which is the teaching hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Fechtner treats patients who have…
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