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Lakeland and Mary Free Bed establish orthotics and prosthetics joint venture

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health Lakeland and Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics have joined to create Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics at Spectrum Health Lakeland, a joint venture providing advanced orthotic and prosthetic care for patients in southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. Located at 2500 Niles Road, Suite 9, in St. Joseph,…
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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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Mary Free Bed handcyclist Matthew Chaffee to compete in Boston Marathon

When Matthew Chaffee was introduced to the world of adaptive sports, it changed the way he views his disability. “I learned to be more independent,” said Matthew, who was paralyzed in a 2014 motorcycle crash. “I’ve met people with all types of disabilities, and everyone has their own way of doing things. The more I…
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UPDATE: Lauren, 21, recovers from stroke with help from Mary Free Bed

Updated April 9, 2019 Lauren Ziegler is afraid of heights, but that didn’t stop the adventuresome 21-year-old from crossing Devil’s Bridge in Sedona. Accompanied by her boyfriend, Austin Sall, Lauren hiked nearly two miles to the Arizona landmark and gazed at the breathtaking sandstone arch that looms 50 feet above the ground. “I stood there…
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Pain management techniques help with flare ups

Guest blog: Courtney Husen is an occupational therapist 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, Courtney offers strategies to ease painful flare ups. Chronic pain can impact our…
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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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Munson Medical Center, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital sign JOA

Munson Medical Center and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have signed a joint operating agreement that expands their partnership to provide rehabilitation services to northern Michigan residents. The agreement took effect Jan. 1. Mary Free Bed has managed inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services at Munson Medical Center since August 2015. A significant increase in the…
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