Ribbon-cutting for new hospital at Mary Free Bed

The ribbon-cutting event for an expansion at Mary Free Bed. (Feb. 9, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new $42 million hospital building Monday afternoon.

The new hospital will feature private rooms for all patients, additional leading-edge rehabilitation technology and a design that will allow more interaction among patients and staff.

It will also include 167 inpatient beds, four times the amount of therapy space and is expected to be occupied by mid to late March. Hospital officials also said the new facility will be filled with natural light, fireplaces, social areas, and other amenities to inspire patients and promote healing.

Mary Free Bed. (Feb. 9, 2015)The new hospital building is the first phase of a $66.4 million expansion and renovation project at Mary Free Bed campus. The expansion makes Mary Free Bed the 5th largest rehabilitation hospital in the country. An additional 3,000 patients will be served annually.

“Rehabilitation is a specialty service and its a specialty hospital. There are not many rehabilitation hospitals in the country and for Grand Rapids to have the fifth largest is really going to be wonderful for the community,” said Dr. Dan Fechtner of Mary Free Bed hospital.

Along with the new building, Mary Free Bed is introducing rehabilitation programs customized for debilitated patients and those with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cardiac or pulmonary conditions.

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