Mary Free Bed cuts ribbon on new, $41 million rehabilitation hospital in Bay Region

SAGINAW, Michigan (WOOD) – The ribbon at a $ 41 million rehabilitation hospital in the Great Lakes Bay area was severed Wednesday. Mary Free Bed and Covenant HealthCare executives inaugurated the hospital in a virtual ceremony. It will meet a growing need for renovation in the region since MFB and Covenant joined forces in March 2018.

“This beautiful and sophisticated new space is the result of the solid relationship between Mary Free Bed and Covenant HealthCare,” said Beth Charlton, President and CEO of Covenant HealthCare. “Together, we have dreamed of improving rehabilitation medicine in the Great Lakes Bay Region, and our determination has guided us through everything from supply chain bottlenecks to global pandemics.”

The new three-story space will offer 60 private inpatient rooms on the top two floors. It will improve the supply of inpatient rehabilitation with designated places for patients with critical illnesses and brain injuries. And add four gyms to handle specific diagnoses with dedicated equipment.

December 2021 / Courtesy Mary Free Bed

The new hospital will also place another focus on the new outpatient care. The first floor features a new lobby, low-stimulation waiting room, kid-friendly rooms, and a take-away grocery market. Therapy studios with special devices and private treatment rooms cater to the growing number of people in need of care.

The new hospital integrates new technologies that support balance skills and walking, as well as robotic walking technology and therapies to improve visual, cognitive and motor skills. There will be apartments in the house where patients can engage in home activities.

Families can also enjoy new social spaces, including a rooftop terrace and two gardens. The new hospital is located on the main Covenant HealthCare campus.

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