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The beat goes on for The Ghost Inside drummer seriously injured in 2015 crash

Andrew Tkaczyk Ghost Inside Drummer

When Andrew Tkaczyk wrote a guest blog in 2016 about his recovery after a devastating traffic crash, the drummer for The Ghost Inside was very clear. “I have no doubt I’ll get back to doing what I love,” he wrote. “That’s still a while away, but I’m very confident it will happen. Very confident.” It’s…


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Mitch Albom embraces Mary Free Bed Kids staff for care of young family friend

The Kelly family with Mitch Albom

Bestselling author, longtime Detroit Free Press columnist and philanthropist Mitch Albom sent a “long-distance hug” to Mary Free Bed employees for taking care of someone special to him and for doing “really important, amazing work.” Albom shared his sentiments in a video message for helping a young girl during her recent inpatient stay. Albom is…


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Rockford class shares final art project with Mary Free Bed

Protector by Kendall Reister

Students in Barb Kent’s Advanced 2D Art class at Rockford High School turned their final project of the school year into one they wanted to share with Mary Free Bed staff and patients. “Postcards from a Time We Will Never Forget” features more than 30 mixed media postcards with uplifting themes and messages of support for essential workers. “We hope these show support…


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Mary Free Bed outpatient locations reopen for rehabilitation care

outpatient locations opening

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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