Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed Will Build Leading-Edge Rehabilitation Hospital in Saginaw

Leaders from Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation are drawing plans for a $40.7 million rehabilitation hospital. Located in Saginaw on the Covenant HealthCare main campus, the new building will include 48 inpatient beds (with shelled space for 12 beds for future use) and a state-of-the-art outpatient therapy facility. 

By investing in this expansion, Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed are developing a Rehabilitation Center of Excellence that will serve patients and families from a broad region of eastern Michigan. In addition to the new services and technology that will be housed in the building, Mary Free Bed at Covenant HealthCare patients will also have the opportunity to participate in national stroke rehabilitation research.

In November 2017, the two organizations signed a partnership agreement creating a 50-50 joint venture that brought advanced rehabilitation care to Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region.

“One of our goals when we began the partnership was to study the need for a separate rehabilitation hospital,” said Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle. “Our analysis shows it’s time to move ahead with construction of a new building that will be designed specifically for rehabilitation services.”

“The building will provide more private space for patients and enable our teams to be more efficient as they care for patients,” says Ed Bruff, Covenant HealthCare President and CEO. “In partnership with Mary Free Bed, we believe our Rehabilitation Center of Excellence will better serve Great Lakes Bay Region residents and be a world-class destination for patients from across the east side of the state.”

The joint venture for inpatient rehabilitation became operational in March of 2018. Since then, patient rehabilitation results have consistently exceeded national benchmarks.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation at Covenant HealthCare

Fact Sheet - As of February 27, 2019

New Building

We’re in the early stages of development, but initial plans call for the building to:

  • Have 48 private inpatient rehabilitation rooms (with space for 12 beds for future use)
  • Accommodate leading-edge technology such as ceiling mounted ambulation systems
  • Be located on the main campus of Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw
  • Video concept, campus flyover, and patient care montage available at: 

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation at Covenant HealthCare

Since March of 2018, the partnership has helped inpatients achieve excellent outcomes:

  • Based on a national rehabilitation measure that tracks the amount of improvement in physical and cognitive function, inpatients significantly exceeded national benchmarks.
  • Patient safety and quality metrics including infection rates, falls with injury, and pressure ulcers consistently outperformed the national averages.
  • Most patients say their number one goal is to return home. Mary Free Bed at Covenant discharges patients home at a higher rate than national benchmarks.

About Covenant HealthCare

One of the most comprehensive health care providers north of Detroit, Covenant HealthCare is a non-profit health system that offers a broad spectrum of programs and services throughout east-central Michigan. With more than 4,600 employees and a 642-bed hospital, services range from high-risk obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric intensive care to acute care, including a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, robotic surgery, bariatric services, rehabilitation and more, using leading-edge medicine. Learn more at

About Mary Free Bed

Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, rehabilitation hospital located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed has restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults with brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses. The combination of more than 110 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve extraordinary clinical results. Additionally, the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network includes more than three dozen acute care hospitals across Michigan. For additional information, visit