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Mary Free Bed mourns passing of Dr. Swanson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Dr. Alfred Swanson, internationally known for his pioneering work in hand surgery and the development finger joint replacements, died Wednesday, April 27. He was 93. Swanson had a long association with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, where he was a member of the medical staff, served three terms totaling eight years…
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Abigail Kopf’s recovery: ‘To see where she is today is amazing’

Abigail Kopf, the Battle Creek teen critically injured in the Feb. 20 mass shootings in Kalamazoo, graduated April 20 from Mary Free Bed after 6 weeks of intensive inpatient treatment. Since her admission to Mary Free Bed on March 8, Abigail has made significant strides in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head….
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Restoring balance with vestibular rehabilitation therapy

A balance disorder can affect a person’s quality of life by significantly impacting his or her comfort and safety. A person who has vertigo, for instance, may have trouble performing daily tasks at home or work. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy, such as what’s offered at Mary Free Bed, can help to address these issues. Mary Free Bed therapists…
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Thank you to our volunteers – National Volunteer Appreciation Week 2016

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is here (April 12-18, 2016) and we love to salute the numerous volunteers who help Mary Free Bed every single day. Volunteers help with everything from administration and clerical duties, escorting patients and families, to helping therapists be an extra hand during rehabilitation. “I am continually amazed and grateful for all that…
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Susan Ford Bales attends Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program dedication

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital officially dedicated the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, April 12. Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford, was in attendance. The Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program, which provides high-quality, cost-effective rehabilitative care…
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Nichols family works together to become a weight loss success story

Dave Nichols needed a total hip replacement, but his doctor told him that he had to lose 70 pounds before the surgery could be performed. His wife, Denise, saw a brochure for the Mary Free Bed’s Weight Management Program, which helps men and women of all ages and in all stages of their weight-loss journey….
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NASC members raise thousands for Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports

Grand Rapids, Mich. — The National Association of Sports Commissions’ (NASC) Sports Legacy Fund on Thursday, April 7, 2016, presented $27,000 to Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Program (WAS). The money was raised during the 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium hosted April 3-7 in downtown Grand Rapids. It is the highest-ever amount of any NASC Sports…
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Colin Sullivan is ‘passionate about living an active life’

In some ways, Colin Sullivan’s life has changed very little in the past 16 years. He still teaches the same subjects at the same school as he did before he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed his car into a guardrail. “I still travel when I can, play sports, socialize with friends and try…
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