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Carson Health Agrees To Transfer Psychiatric Beds to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

The board of directors for both organizations, Carson Health and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, have approved the transfer of 16 adult acute psychiatric beds to Pine Rest. An asset purchase agreement has been signed. This transfer is dependent on Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the State of Michigan.

Both organizations filed a CON application; Carson Hospital to release the beds and Pine Rest to acquire the beds. This CON process could take up to four months to complete.

“Carson Health is pleased to partner with Pine Rest on this project to keep access to inpatient psychiatric beds in the West Michigan area. Our organizational history and cultures is a close match and we look forward to the potential of expanding Carson Health’s outpatient behavioral health services through this joint venture,” says Carson Health president and CEO Matthew Thompson.

The two organizations will continue to work together to develop innovative ways to provide outpatient behavioral health services to Carson Health’s community members. Pine Rest Behavioral Health Solutions Corporate Director Scott Wagner will direct this work.

Once Certificate of Need approval is received, Pine Rest has one year to submit plans to a make the beds operational. The purchase agreement for the bed transfer states that Pine Rest will pay Carson Health a specified amount on each bed, when they are made operational, for a 3-year period.

Pine Rest currently manages 253 psychiatric inpatient hospital beds:  172 inpatient beds on its Cutlerville campus; 28 beds on the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus in Grand Rapids; 27 beds at Mercy Health Hackley Campus in Muskegon; and 26 beds at Lakeland HealthCare in St. Joseph.

“We will take time to analyze the market and discern how the beds should be used,” says Mark Eastburg, Pine Rest president & CEO. “There may be a specialty population similar to our behavioral health and substance use disorder patient unit that needs dedicated beds or a unit that can flex between adults and adolescents depending on the current need.

“Pine Rest continues to work with our acute care hospital partners who realize the difficulty of providing efficient behavioral health services to their customers. Pine Rest comes alongside our partners to enhance access to services by delivering needed behavioral health resources in an integrated model within our partner’s service area.”

Carson Hospital and Pine Rest share a long history of providing health services to Michigan communities. Carson Hospital was founded in 1936; Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services began in 1910. Together they have been providing health care services for 182 years.

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 17 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. For more information, go to


About Carson Health

Carson Hospital and its 10 family-practice affiliates make up Carson Health, which is committed to improving the health and wellness of the community. Carson Hospital is a 61-bed acute-care hospital affiliated with Sparrow. Located in central Michigan, Carson Health serves the communities of Clinton, Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties. Its affiliated physician offices are located in Ashley, Carson City, Greenville, Fowler, Ithaca, Lyons, Maple Rapids and Stanton. You can learn more online at