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2011 Geriatric Training Conference

The 2011 Geriatric Training Conference, put on by the Michigan State University Geriatric Education Center of Michigan - Grand Rapids and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, is being held April 27 and 28.

There will be informative and educational presentations on the geriatric model of care, depression, dementia, oral health, nutrition, mobility (falls) and continuous quality improvement. This conference is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, social workers, nurse practitioners, dieticians, dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and other allied health professionals.

The conference will be at the Pine Rest Postma Center, located at 300 68th St., SE Grand Rapids, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference fee is $65 and includes lunch for both days. Registration is available through the website at, under the news and events tab. For more information, please contact Christopher Frederick at (616) 258-7431 or

 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 addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West 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. The Pine Rest Foundation observes an important milestone as well, 50 years of service. A year-long celebration began in fall 2010 – 100 years of innovation, countless healing moments.