CEO: Renovated Mary Free Bed ‘bright, inspiring’


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Construction continues on the old building at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

In 2015, the hospital opened its new facility next door to the old one on Jefferson Avenue in Grand Rapids. Renovations are now underway to make the old building state-of-the-art.

It’s going to include some new features. CEO Kent Riddle said the new main lobby will be referred to as the gathering place and will feature movie nights, large colored glass installations, a Biggby Coffee shop and a resource center where families can learn about their loved one’s diagnosis. There will also be a new pool area that offers a warm pool and a cool pool for patients.

The old halls will look different once the project’s complete.

“Anybody who has been inside the new wing says, ‘Wow, it doesn’t feel like a hospital. It’s bright, it’s cheery, it’s inspiring. ‘Well, you haven’t seen anything yet,” Riddle said.

Most of Mary Free Bed’s 92 programs will be offered in the newly renovated space when it’s completed this fall. It will also include a pediatric inpatient wing with high security and an ICU wing.

The final phases of the project will then focus on Mary Free Bed’s two other buildings across Lafayette Street, including an expansion at the Mary Free Bed Inn. That portion of the project will be completed in 2017.

—–Online:Virtual tour of renovations

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