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Evelyn thrives in face of rare diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta

Evelyn Franchetti is a typical 3½-year-old. She loves singing and dancing, princesses and puppies. When she arrives at preschool, Evelyn looks around the classroom and declares “These are my friends!” before scampering off to play, protected by her bright red walker. The happy-go-lucky little girl doesn’t need the device to help her walk. It’s a…
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Kids, adults take adaptive wheels for a spin at Bikes for the Rest of Us

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Bike rides are a summer staple, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital wants to ensure everyone can join in the fun. The 24th annual Bikes for the Rest of Us, held April 27, will help to make that possible. Eighty-five participants at the event were paired with therapists who assisted in…
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Rehabilitation and technology improve patient experience

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is partnering with technology company eVideon to improve patient experience. The 167-inpatient bed rehabilitation hospital uses the eVideon PX platform to entertain, engage and educate patients during acute rehabilitation stays. The technology provides patients, families and visitors with live TV, movies on demand and relaxation videos….
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Living with chronic pain: Pain rehabilitation and graded exposure to activity

Guest blog: Nicole DeHaan is a physical therapist and therapeutic pain specialist in Mary Free Bed’s Pain Rehabilitation Program. As a member of the program’s team of experts, she works with patients to reduce their chronic pain and improve their ability to function. In this blog, Nicole discusses the benefits of graded exposure to activity,…
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Travis on ‘road to a healthier life’ with help from Bronson, Mary Free Bed

Travis Laws was determined to get his life back and knew it wouldn’t be easy. Bedridden for several years, the 46-year-old from Allegan had significant health issues, including a large mass on his right leg. He weighed nearly 1,300 pounds. Specialists from Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo cared for Travis and developed a diet and…
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‘Tis the season to holiday-proof your healthy eating goals

The holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy family and friends. The season is filled with gatherings that feature festive meals and delectable treats – full of calories. But with a little planning, you can still enjoy yourself and stick to your wellness goals. Jessi Boehme, a registered dietitian at Mary Free Bed, offers…
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Mary Free Bed, Spectrum Health establish Forum for Hospital Collaboration

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Experts from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health have been long-time collaborators in patient care and are now forming a deeper relationship. “For years we have worked closely with clinicians at Mary Free Bed to coordinate care for patients who can benefit from the highly specialized technology and expertise…
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Parade transforms dreams into Halloween reality

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Parents of children with special needs often say their kids can feel left out of typical kid activities. That’s not the case with Mary Free Bed’s Halloween Heroes parade. Each young participant chooses what he or she will be for Halloween, and a team of volunteers works together to bring those…
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