Zeeland center joins new Mary Free Bed network

October 2, 2011
| By Pete Daly |
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Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Zeeland announced last week that it is the first lakeshore health-care facility to join the new Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network launched in June.

Metro Health announced in September that it was the first hospital in Michigan to join the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network.

Providence of Zeeland provides sub-acute rehabilitation services, respite care, skilled nursing care and specialized dementia care, and is part of the Providence Life Services organization, which operates senior living facilities in 11 communities in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. The Zeeland facility was previously known as Haven Park.

As part of the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, Providence will utilize Mary Free Bed therapists to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

The Mary Free Bed network is an alliance of hospitals and providers formally integrated with “an independent Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital,” according to a Mary Free Bed announcement. The new network is intended to extend the range of the hospital, one of the major rehabilitation hospitals in the Midwest.

“We are pleased to welcome Providence of Zeeland to our growing network,” said Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle. “When we established the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network, our vision was to encourage strong and independent organizations to collaborate to provide the best rehabilitation care for patients throughout Michigan. Providence is exactly the kind of high-quality organization we want in the network because of its reputation for high-quality care.”

Derek Weenum, administrator at Providence of Zeeland, said the new affiliation “will allow us to serve our clients even better. We appreciate the longevity, reach and mission of Mary Free Bed and are pleased to join the network. By working closely together, we can ensure that all our clients have the best rehab experience possible.”

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital serves patients from throughout the state and surrounding regions through inpatient and outpatient programs focused on brain injury, stroke recovery, orthopedic, amputee, spinal cord injury and related physiological and neurological areas.

The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network will provide rehabilitation care for patients and families in western, mid- and northern Michigan through formal alignment with referring physicians and hospitals. Major trauma centers that join the network will have minority ownership opportunities, but the Mary Free Bed Guild will be the majority partner in the network.

In 2010, Mary Free Bed was in talks with Spectrum Health about a possible affiliation. Spectrum Health’s Grand Rapids facilities had provided more than half of Mary Free Bed’s inpatient volume and about 40 percent of rehab patients at Metro Health. Those talks broke down, however, and the Mary Free Bed announcement this year of its new network stressed that Mary Free Bed would continue to be independent.

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