Renovations begin for Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehab unit

Published: Dec. 4, 2014

Construction crews have started working on the first phase of renovations for the $7-million Mary Free Bed at Sparrow rehabilitation unit, a joint venture between Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

The project will expand the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Sparrow to 40 private Patient rooms and two therapy gymnasiums on the same floor to provide advanced rehabilitation care for Patients in the mid-Michigan region.

The unit will continue to provide intensive neurological, orthopedic, and stroke rehab care.

The first phase of renovations, including 30 of the 40 planned private Patient rooms, is expected to be finished by mid-2015. The remainder of the project is expected to be complete by early 2016.

Sparrow’s current inpatient rehabilitation unit is housed on two floors of the hospital. Mary Free Bed at Sparrow will combine all aspects of adult rehabilitation care and therapy in one convenient area.

“We have an exceptionally compassionate team,” said Kris Tennant, Director of Mary Free Bed at Sparrow. “To be able to provide care in an environment conducive to restoring hope and freedom is what I’m most excited about.”

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has served the needs of children and adults since 1891 and today offers the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in Michigan. The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network includes relationships with leading acute care hospitals in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Muskegon. Visit for additional information.

“It is a wonderful collaborative project,” Tennant said. “Physicians, nurses, therapists, and Patients and their family members all provided input. We will be able to maximize functional independence for our Patients in a wonderfully healing environment.”