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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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Co-workers who both had strokes reunite during rehabilitation

Ricky Belton tosses a bag while Corbie Williams watches in the Mary Free Bed therapy garden.

Mary Free Bed may not seem an obvious choice of location for a reunion of friends, but two co-workers found themselves going through rehabilitation together. Ricky Belton was getting ready for work at Ranir on March 16 when he started having balance issues. He went to work anyway, but his condition grew worse. Co-workers took…


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Give yourself a break: Keep meals simple during COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate

Black Bean and Barley Soup

From our experts: Jessi Holden is a registered dietitian/nutritionist at Mary Free Bed. I’ve seen so many posts from social media “influencers” dishing out health and nutrition advice, and pushing us to “use our time at home wisely” during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a registered dietitian and health care professional, I’m qualified to provide advice…


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Sub-Acute Rehabilitation patients unable to have visitors share messages of hope

Patient Windows

Some are notes to loved ones. “Miss and love you” to David and Ginger. “Love you all” to Patty, Aaron and Jenny. “Hey kids! Love and miss you! Love, Dad.” Others are messages of encouragement for the community. “Keep the faith!” “We rise by lifting others.” “Choose happiness.” They’re all words of hope to anyone…


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Send a letter or draw a picture to help us spread hope and happiness to Mary Free Bed patients

SAR patient and nurse

Patients recovering from disabling illnesses and injuries at Mary Free Bed need encouragement now more than ever. Support is an important part of rehabilitation, so Mary Free Bed’s team of recreational therapists wants to share a little love with the community’s help. “We’re seeking ways to brighten our patients’ spirits and spread joy,” said recreational…


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Education is an important part of pain rehabilitation

Mary Free Bed Pain Program

From our experts: 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. People with chronic pain recognize the pain they’re experiencing is ……


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