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Meijer Donation Supports Michigan’s First Children’s Rehab Hospital

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Meijer has announced a $3 million donation to the Joan Secchia Children's Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint partnership between Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation and Corewell Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. The donation will help fund the construction of this new facility, bringing more innovative care for young patients who have experienced a life-changing injury or illness.

"As a family-owned company, we are humbled to give to organizations that provide hope and healing to so many families," Meijer president & CEO Rick Keyes said, in a statement. "We're thrilled to be able to help Mary Free Bed and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital create the first children's rehabilitation hospital in Michigan and provide support to families in times of need."

The Joan Secchia Children's Rehabilitation Hospital will be a state-of-the-art, freestanding children's rehabilitation hospital dedicated to helping kids achieve the best possible outcome through compassionate collaboration, innovation, and interdisciplinary care, according to Meijer. The hospital will offer inpatient and outpatient services for children with a wide range of conditions, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multi-trauma, and cancer.

"We're incredibly grateful to Meijer for their generous support of our mission to restore hope and freedom to children and families," said Kent Riddle, CEO of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation. "This donation will uplift families, empower communities, and make a lasting impact for thousands of children for generations to come."

The Joan Secchia Children's Rehabilitation Hospital will be a three-story facility with 24 private inpatient rooms, sophisticated technology, and spaces for specialized services. 

Groundbreaking for the $70 million freestanding hospital is planned to take place this year, with expected completion in 2026.