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Mary Free Bed has 60 healthcare jobs on the board, more coming in 2014 with hospital expansion



Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (235 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids) has seen a wave of growth with the addition of 267 staff members in the 17 months between July 2011 and December 2012. The hospital has another 60 clinical and administrative job openings, and yet another unknown number of clinical positions that will come online with the 2014 opening of a 190,000-square-foot expansion.

Hospital CEO Kent Riddle says the growth is due to a number of changes the hospital has made.

"Almost two years ago, independent physicians in the community came to us to be employed as Mary Free Bed rehabilitation physicians," Riddle says. "We also formed an affiliation with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, ranked as the leading rehabilitation hospital in the world, and replicated what they do with the practice of admitting patients.

"We also devoted time to educating referring physicians in the area and in other hospitals (about who to refer)," Riddle adds. "They're referring patients with more complex issues."

The hospital expansion will bring the inpatient facilities up to 128 beds, and will transform the hospital to an all-private-room facility.

Jobs available at Mary Free Bed right now include administrative assistants, certified occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and many others. The hospital also offers a variety of internships.

Mary Free Bed employs some 1,000 people within the region, including those at the main hospital and at several locations throughout Michigan.

To find out about the jobs available or to apply for a job, click here.

Source: Kent Riddle, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor

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