Our mission calls us to be always thinking about improving access to behavioral health services—making it easier for people to receive care that will alleviate their suffering. Today that means providing better access to care through programs that are available in a timelier manner, in a more convenient location, and positioned for the best outcomes. Our breadth of talent and resources position us perfectly to contribute to research that can help establish new treatments and provide better outcomes to patients. We strive for not just access to services…but access for everyone to wellness and hope.
A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO
Individuals and families come to us in their darkest days. Mental illness, substance use or relationship problems have taken their toll. Some have struggled through years or even decades of illness. Perhaps they have lost jobs, homes, families. Most have felt isolated and alone in their grief, pain and difficulties. Some no longer feel lovable or deserving of help. Some with strong faith have arrived at Pine Rest feeling abandoned by their faith community and even by God.
Our vision calls us to provide compassionate care that changes lives. What a challenging task—restoring hope to the tens of thousands we serve each year. Through the decades we have sought to provide world–class care—with both professional excellence and compassion.
Our mission and vision demand that we continuously grow and evolve in how we carry out our mission—expanding access to serve more individuals, raising the bar on professional education and providing leadership to allied professionals and community members.
Access. Perhaps the most exciting example of expanded access is the opening of the new Ruth and Jack Loeks Residency Center on the Pine Rest campus. Our first cohort of psychiatric residents started seeing patients in late October, helping to reduce wait times for psychiatric care. We’ve also expanded our services to teens—doubling the number of adolescents we can see in our hospital day program.
Education. We are continuing to expand educational programming at every level—from psychology internships through the psychiatry residency. In July, we welcomed our second cohort of psychiatry residents. The growing number of outstanding lectures and training experiences—like the William VanEerden, MD, Lecture Series—allow our staff to constantly learn and grow professionally. Many of these trainings are open to allied professionals. And our Clinician Pastoral Education program equips faith leaders in their important work.
Leadership. Our state and national leadership recognizes how mental health care models and access can contribute positively or negatively to many of the important issues of our day—physical health, ability to graduate and hold a job, incarceration rates, homelessness and more. We value our growing partnership with public sector leaders at all levels of government as we seek the common good.
Thank you for your ongoing support in this work.
Mark Eastburg, PhD
President & CEO