January 2018

Mary Free Bed, GVSU expand partnership to share motion lab

By Laura Hochnadel

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI, and Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, are expanding their partnership to now share a Motion Analysis Lab, located in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, Grand Rapids. Mary Free Bed specialists conduct studies of patient gait patterns and serve as preceptors to Grand Valley students and graduate fellows.

The two organizations have a long history of collaboration: Mary Free Bed serves as a clinical site for Grand Valley nursing, therapy and nonclinical students with annual in-kind instruction time topping $1 million. Mary Free Bed has also contributed to Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, Grand Valley’s new health sciences building.

Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas said strengthening the existing partnership with Mary Free Bed continues the university’s commitment to providing relevant and timely learning opportunities for students.

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