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Hospital completes phase two of $66.4M project

October 14, 2016
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Mary Free Bed Bernadine Keller and Barbara Hoffius  Center
Mary Free Bed unveils its Bernadine Keller and Barbara Hoffius Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo by Charlsie Dewey

A local hospital is celebrating a re-opening and the completion of the second phase of its $66.4-million expansion and renovation project.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids made the announcement yesterday and said it is now the fifth-largest independent rehabilitation hospital in the U.S.

$42M center

The hospital unveiled the Mary Free Bed Bernadine Keller and Barbara Hoffius Center during the celebration, named after Bernadine Keller, who served as president of the Mary Free Bed Guild from 1970-73, and Barbara Hoffius, who was president of the guild from 1973-77.

Each woman played an integral role in Mary Free Bed’s growth.

Kent Riddle, Mary Free Bed president and CEO, said Keller and Hoffius made “pivotal decisions” during their tenures, which “set the stage” for the hospital’s success today.

“As we improve the futures of patients from Michigan and beyond, it’s marvelous that it occurs in this specially designed building that bears their names,” Riddle said.

The $42-million building brings the number of private inpatient beds on the Grand Rapids campus to 167. It includes specialized therapy gyms and sophisticated technology, including ceiling-mounted gait and balance training systems and robot-assisted walking therapy.

The building also is home to the Mary Free Bed Orthotics and Prosthetics + Bionics department, OrthoSEAT and the hospital’s driver rehabilitation program, as well as the Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication Department.

Multi-floor renovations

The second phase of the project has also been focused on renovation of the original building.

The first floor serves as the main welcome center for the entire campus. The lobby features “Bloom,” a nature-inspired glass and metal sculpture that fills the three-story atrium and was designed to be motivating and energizing.

There is a Biggby Coffee bar, day lockers for patients and visitors to secure their belongings during outpatient visits, a patient library and a water fountain.

Also included are valet parking, a greeter to assist patients with mobile check-in, registration staff and waiting areas.

Much of the first floor is dedicated to Mary Free Bed’s Outpatient Services and includes specialized therapy gyms and treatment rooms and a new apartment for outpatients to practice home-life skills.

There are two new therapy pools, one slightly warmer and one slightly cooler to better accommodate individual patient needs.

Multiple medical clinics that serve pediatric and adult patients, the pediatric feeding program, psychology offices and the nutrition department are located in the center, as are the day rehabilitation program and a weight-management program.

The Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Department, one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, has a new location on the first floor that enables inpatients, outpatients and community members to register for adaptive sports clinics or teams and try specialized sports wheelchairs or check out the adaptive equipment on display.

The second floor houses a recreation therapy program where patients learn to regain their quality of life. It features zones of activities such as crafts, woodworking, video games, billiards and a quiet reflection room.

The third floor is a 12 bed, private-room Pediatric Inpatient Unit with areas for specialized physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy, age-appropriate social spaces, treatment rooms and a procedure room.

For safety, access to the pediatric unit is selectively granted to specific staff and parents or caregivers. Fifteen private patient rooms are available for pediatric and adult specialty services.

Phase three

The next phase of the project includes renovation to the adjacent Professional Building and Mary Ives Hunting Center, which will house a new conference center and catering kitchen, hospital administration and other hospital support services.

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