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New Adaptive Cheerleading Team breaks barriers, builds friendships

The Mary Free Bed All Stars Adaptive Cheerleading team boasts enthusiasm and spirit to spare. The newest team organized by Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports is made up of enthusiastic young athletes with physical or cognitive impairments that prevent participation in able-bodied cheer. “A cheerleading team was a missing piece of our program, and it has…
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Weight Management grads share stories of weight loss success

Expert guest blog: Jessi Boehme, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. Following is a Q&A with graduates of the Mary Free Bed Weight Management program. The Centers for Disease Control report 70 percent of adults ages 20 and older are overweight or obese. Carrying extra weight can put a person at increased…
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Mary Free Bed Invitational draws 100 National Wheelchair Basketball Association athletes

Grand Rapids, Mich. – More than 100 wheelchair basketball athletes from across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario, Canada will compete Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Mary Free Bed Invitational. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament will be held at the universally designed Mary Free Bed YMCA, which is marking its…
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Mary Free Bed Medical Group welcomes pediatric physiatrist, pain specialist, physician’s assistant to team

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Medical Group is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Voss, a specialist in pediatric rehabilitation; Dr. Rebekah Rajlich, a family medicine physician who specializes in pain management; and Doris Jacobs, a physician’s assistant, have joined its comprehensive team of experts. Dr. Voss came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation…
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Therapeutic Healing Gardens a powerful union of nature, science

Therapeutic garden spaces will nurture an atmosphere of maximum healing in body, mind and spirit on Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s Grand Rapids campus. The Mary Free Bed Foundation’s Therapeutic Healing Gardens project includes six separate gardens around campus that will greet visitors and provide healing spaces for patients. “A garden is more than just…
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20 tips for a healthy Thanksgiving

For many, November kicks off the holiday season. Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) is a time to be grateful for all you have and continue to work for. (And also a time to eat more turkey in one day than you do all year.) You can enjoy Thanksgiving and stick to your wellness goals. Jessi Boehme, MS, a…
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Couple’s generosity helps patients achieve independence

Steele and Mary Taylor are long-time advocates of Mary Free Bed and have made substantial contributions over the years that have helped thousands of patients achieve independence. Steele served as a member of the first community Mary Free Bed Board of Trustees when it was formed in 1965 and led fundraising efforts for construction of…
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Parade a tricked-out Halloween treat for pediatric patients

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital teamed with Grand Valley State University engineering students, Owen-Ames-Kimball commercial construction company, the Grand Rapids Police Department, various community volunteers and Grand Rapids parents Chris and Jane Weatherford to make magnificent memories this Halloween for young patients in wheelchairs. Over the years, Chris and Jane have transformed their 9-year-old son…
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Nurses devoted to rehabilitation form West Michigan ARN chapter

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The West Michigan Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is celebrating the launch of its new chapter with a kickoff event on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The chapter, one of 48 nationwide and the only one in West Michigan, joins the professional healthcare association dedicated to promoting and…
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