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Mary Free Bed Outpatient locations reopen for rehabilitation care

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WELCOME BACK! We’re excited to be able to serve you in person again, and we’re making it safe and easy to get the care you need at a number of convenient locations. Would you rather receive virtual services from home? We can do that, too! In-Person Visits You can feel confident coming to see us….


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With a little help from Mary Free Bed, Inkster couple battles back from COVID-19

Charlunda and David Thompson recovered from COVID-19

When Charlunda and David Thompson celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in June, the Inkster couple will mark “a new beginning.” “Together, we’re stronger,” Charlunda said. The Thompsons are beginning the next phase in their journey of recovery from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that’s sickened millions of people worldwide and killed thousands. Charlunda, 45, a hospice…


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Mask fabrication added to list of creative skills on Custom Seating and Assistive Tech team

Masks Made by Tech Team

  Mary Free Bed’s Custom Seating and Assistive Technology team is a creative bunch that finds solutions to life’s everyday challenges. From customized seating fabrication to tools that help patients complete tasks, there are few needs these therapists and tech experts can’t meet.  So when the need arose to protect Mary Free Bed patients, visitors and staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic, they rose to the challenge.  “Once we heard of…


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Cindy celebrates her recovery a year after crash with video thanking doctors

Cindy Broekhuizen in therapy

Cindy Broekhuizen recently celebrated a milestone and wanted to mark the occasion with her doctors and team at Mary Free Bed. But with the COVID-19 pandemic cutting off visitation to the hospital, Cindy created a video to show her appreciation instead. She and her husband, Barry, agreed to let us share it with everyone. Cindy…


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Don Force celebrates his birthday and his recovery from COVID-19 by going home

Don Force in ReCOVery Unit

When Don Force marked his 61st birthday on April 28, his wish came true. “Going home on my birthday is the best gift ever,” said Don, who was hospitalized since March 29, battling COVID-19. After a month away, Don discharged from Mary Free Bed’s ReCOVery Unit and headed home to Howard City. He’s the first…


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Mary Free Bed Kids physical therapist donates masks in fight against COVID-19

Kate Rustem and her masks

When Kate Rustem heard area hospitals were accepting donations of homemade masks, she tapped into her crafting skills and a stash of fabric remnants. A physical therapist on the Mary Free Bed Kids outpatient team who’s on temporary leave, Kate created nearly 50 masks while also caring for her young niece and nephew when her…


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Portage woman with COVID-19 is first graduate of Mary Free Bed’s ReCOVery™ Unit

Nancy Blodgett leaving the Mary Free Bed ReCOVery Unit

Nancy Blodgett came to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after spending nine days on a ventilator, fighting for her life. A week later and much stronger, she became the first graduate of the hospital’s ReCOVery™ Unit for COVID-19 survivors. “It will be a new normal, but I’m OK with that,” the 55-year-old Portage resident said….


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‘Team Lorraine’ cheers on family matriarch recovering at Mary Free Bed

Lorraine and family Photo - Coronavirus Outbreak Surprise

Lorraine Micketti has been a patient in Mary Free Bed’s Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit since April 2. Unable to have visitors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 91-year-old Rogers City resident was missing her family. So, her care manager, Emily Bialecki, helped arrange a surprise. On a recent afternoon, Emily brought Lorraine from her room on the fifth floor downstairs for a different view outside. When…


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Taking care of ourselves means staying connected with those we love

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From our experts: Maggie Travin is a psychologist at Mary Free Bed. In times of confusion, fear or panic, the most natural thing to do may be to lean in — both physically and figuratively — to those you love. There are few things more comforting than a warm embrace from a family member. However,…


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