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Pine Rest Is In The Midst Of A 3-Phase Construction Project For Inpatient Services

Pine Rest begins its second phase of inpatient unit construction. Phase two will create a continuum of services for seniors that incorporate an older adult inpatient unit along with outpatient services such as assessment, diagnosis and treatment for the often complicated cognitive and behavioral health concerns faced by seniors.  

The Pine Rest Van Andel • Cook Center for Dementia and Geriatric Behavioral Health is made possible by the generosity of the 349 capital campaign donors who contributed more than $3.2 million towards project costs of $4,062,790. It is named in honor of the lead donors to the project: the Foundation of Jay and Betty Van Andel and a personal gift from Peter and Pat Cook.  

Phase two is extensive: new construction of 10,092 sq. ft. and renovation of existing 11,182 sq. ft.; when completed the unit will increase its bed capacity from 20 to 26 patient beds. Construction of the Van Andel • Cook Center is expected to be completed in June 2013.  

Phase one, the addition of a new 22-bed unit to the Van Andel Center, began earlier this year and was completed in September. This “domino” expansion plan allowed Pine Rest to move the existing older adult inpatient unit to the new wing so that construction of the Van Andel • Cook Center could begin. Once this project is completed, Pine Rest will begin the third and final phase of its 2-year expansion plan which is the Mulder West inpatient unit.  

This provided a strategic opportunity to expand the Pine Rest inpatient hospitalization facilities without taking any patient beds off-line or displacing current staff in the process.  

Once construction of phases two and three are completed, the Van Andel Center unit will open to patients in January 2014. It will be dedicated to the treatment and care of patients with co-occurring disorders, making it one of only a couple of specialty treatment units in the country. Pine Rest has seen an increase in the incidence of co-occurring, substance abuse and mental illness, disorders in our current patients across our adult units.  

About Pine Rest
Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout Michigan and two in Iowa. Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service to the greater Grand Rapids and national community.