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Hospitals complete $7.5M unit

November 25, 2015
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Kris Tennant
Kris Tennant. Courtesy Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

A hospital has extended its reach in the state by completing a $7.5-million renovation and expansion project with another hospital.

Joint venture rehab unit

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing said the Mary Free Bed at Sparrow project is complete.

The 45,000-square-foot adult rehabilitation unit is a joint venture between the hospitals and spans the sixth floor of all three Sparrow Hospital towers, at 1215 E. Michigan Ave.

The space includes 40 private rooms, two modern therapy gyms and several social areas.

One of the new rehabilitation features is a Chevrolet Traverse, donated by General Motors, which will allow for realistic rehabilitation for use of an automobile.

Patients also have access to a mock Capital Area Transportation Authority bus.

Both vehicles will provide patients the opportunity to work on getting in and out of the vehicles, loading items and maneuvering assistive devices.


Kris Tennant, director of Mary Free Bed at Sparrow, said the hospital will be able to care for an additional 375 patients each year.

“We’re thrilled to be able to treat more people who need intensive neurological, orthopedic and stroke rehabilitation,” Tennant said.

When the project was first announced, Bruce Brasser, VP of network operations at Mary Free Bed, said a market analysis was conducted, which indicated “a need for a new unit to address the needs of Sparrow’s growing community.”


The project was designed by Diekema Hamann, which operates offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Lansing-based Granger served as the project’s contractor.

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