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Patient continues rehabilitation journey at home

Trula Schutt came to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after back surgery to treat spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that causes pain. She eventually gained enough strength to walk with a walker, then on her own before graduating from the inpatient program. But Trula still needed a little help, so she transitioned…
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Meet Vandy, Mary Free Bed’s animal-assisted therapy dog

Important new member of Rec Therapy team helps patients on road to recovery GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has a (furry) new family member. Vandy is a 2½-year-old black Labrador retriever who works on Mary Free Bed’s recreational therapy team. The sweet-natured pup helps patients meet rehabilitation goals that restore independence….
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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation gives $10,000 to Mary Free Bed

Grant adds bike to fleet, creates state’s only off-road adaptive handcycle program GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has received a $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to help people with disabilities go places that, until now, have been inaccessible. The grant was used to purchase an…
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Mary Free Bed welcomes inaugural class of PM&R residents

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Four physicians from across the country have begun their post-graduate training in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation as Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital launches its first medical residency program. The rigorous training program, approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, encompasses clinical, educational and research opportunities in…
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2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships attract top players

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Top-ranked wheelchair tennis players from around the world will compete July 7-9 in the 2017 Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Grand Rapids. The outdoor tournament, an International Tennis Federation 3/United States Tennis Association Category II event, is presented by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program. More than…
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Mary Free Bed wins Studer Group Excellence in Patient Care Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has been honored by Studer Group®, a Huron solution, with an Excellence in Patient Care Award for employee engagement. Excellence in Patient Care Awards are presented annually to a select group of organizations from Studer Group’s partner base of hospitals, health systems and physician organizations. “Mary…
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Stay healthy and hydrated with infused water recipes

Welcome to summer! Rising temps, humidity and sun exposure can make you break a sweat. When that happens, it’s important to replace the water you’ve lost. Water is a key nutrient and is essential for your body to function at its best. It is vital for most bodily functions, including digestion. It also helps transport…
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Minority, disability scholarships provide opportunity for a dozen students

Grand Rapids, Mich. — For the second year in a row, Dereck Chavis, 46, received a Mary Free Bed Guild scholarship to continue his studies in occupational therapy. Chavis was among 12 students who received scholarships at a ceremony held June 7. The full list of recipients is below. Chavis was a track and field…
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