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Hospital opens conference center

April 26, 2017
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Mary Free Bed Meijer Conference Center ribbon-cutting
Mary Free Bed celebrates the opening of its Meijer Conference Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Mary Free Bed

A major portion of the third phase of a local hospital’s $66.4-million, multi-phase renovation and expansion project is complete.

Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital said this month it re-opened its professional building and cut the ribbon on its Meijer Conference Center, a 175-seat venue housed in the building.

The building renovation and conference center are part of the project’s third phase.

Conference center

The Meijer Conference Center will allow Mary Free Bed to host symposiums, clinical grand rounds and other educational events to high-capacity crowds.

The center has capabilities for video conferencing — including ceiling microphones — confidential monitors, dimmable LED lighting and automatic shades. Additionally, the center can be cordoned off into three separate meeting rooms.

The center is named in recognition of a monetary gift from The Meijer Foundation. Philanthropist Frederik Meijer was a founding member of the Mary Free Bed Board of Trustees in 1965.

Project update

The renovated professional building opened six months after the completion of phase two of the hospital’s expansion and renovation project, which Mary Free Bed said made it the fifth-largest independent rehab hospital in the U.S.

The building renovation also included updates to the catering kitchen, hospital administrative offices and other support services housed there.

The project's final phase, targeted to be completed in late 2017, will renovate the Mary Ives Hunting Center and its Inn at Mary Free Bed, expanding the inn from six rooms to 22.

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