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Mary Free Bed hosts national Rehabilitation Consortium

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Nationally recognized leaders in physical medicine and rehabilitation will meet this week in Grand Rapids to discuss advances in the field and how to improve quality of life for people facing injury, illness or disability. The 10-member Rehabilitation Consortium’s biannual meeting is being hosted by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. “The…
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Lindsay Jensen makes ‘incredible’ progress after spinal cord injury: ‘I want to get better for my daughter’

Lindsay Jensen’s daughter was just four months old when Lindsay was involved in a January 2015 car accident that left her with a severe spinal cord injury requiring weeks of hospitalization and months of rehabilitation. In September, Kenleigh will turn 2, and Lindsay will be home to celebrate with her. Little Kenleigh is Lindsay’s biggest…
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Mary Free Bed Guild honored by Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Mary Free Bed Guild, which is marking its 125th anniversary, will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, which promotes women’s equality by honoring their history and celebrating their accomplishments. The Mary Free Bed Guild was founded in 1891 when a small group of Grand Rapids women established…
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Mary Free Bed launches medical residency program

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the fifth-largest freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the United States, will soon offer a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program. The new three-year program was recently approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). “Mary Free Bed has been a leader in the field…
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Rec Therapy Team ‘blessed’ to be part of wedding

When Jenny Porter and Corey Maillette celebrate their wedding in November on an old farm near the White Mountains in Fryeburg, Maine, they’ll also celebrate their first anniversary. That’s because Jenny and Corey were married Nov. 27 in a ceremony quickly planned by the Recreational Therapy staff at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital so that…
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Effective therapies for patients with spinal cord injury

A customized therapy plan is crucial for patients who have sustained a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury. The Spinal Cord Injury Team at Mary Free Bed collaborates to determine the most appropriate rehabilitation methods to promote motor recovery after a spinal cord injury. Mary Free Bed therapist Kristina Simpson, PT, MSPT, recently authored an article, “Promoting Motor…
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Jerrensia & Jen make national splash with message of inclusion

Guest blog by Jen Kroll, whose daughter Jerrensia has sought outpatient therapy at Mary Free Bed. This fall, Jen wrote a Facebook post about Target’s Halloween advertisement that included a little girl with leg braces and arm crutches. The post went viral and drew attention from Mashable, Upworthy and other publications. This is a follow-up…
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Mary Free Bed at Sparrow completes $ 7.5 million expansion and renovation

Lansing, Mich. – The $7.5 million Mary Free Bed at Sparrow expansion and renovation project is finished and will be completely open for patients on November 17, 2015. There are 40 private rooms, two state-of-the-art therapy gyms and several social areas. The 45,000-square-foot adult rehabilitation program spans the sixth floor of all three Sparrow Hospital towers….
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Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle earns health leadership award

Congratulations to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s chief executive officer Kent Riddle! Kent recently was honored by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association with a 2015 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award. Kent was recognized by the MHA for his role in guiding Mary Free Bed after hospital leaders decided it should remain an independent, community-owned organization. In his…
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National Rehabilitation Awareness Week 2015

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is gearing up for National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, celebrated Sunday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 26. Staff and volunteers will get festive with activities like a build-a-scarecrow contest, pie-eating contest and a team cookout. Patients and families are invited to join in the fun for events like themed wardrobe days…
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