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Pine Rest Dedicates New Center For Dementia And Geriatric Behavioral Health

The new Pine Rest Van Andel • Cook Center for Dementia and Geriatric Behavioral Health will open to patients on June 27. It is the second in a 3-phase expansion project on the Pine Rest campus. In total, this is a $12.24 million investment in facilities. The projects will create 52 new jobs when complete. David and Carol Van Andel and Lieutenant Governor Calley will participate in the June 26 dedication ceremony.

The Van Andel • Cook Center for Dementia and Geriatric Behavioral Health creates a continuum of services for seniors that includes an older adult inpatient unit along with outpatient services such as neuropsychological evaluation, memory disorder assessment and treatment recommendations, as well as diagnosis and treatment for the often complicated cognitive and behavioral health concerns faced by seniors.

Phase two is extensive: new construction of 10,092 sq. ft. and renovation of existing 11,182 sq. ft. The inpatient unit has increased its bed capacity from 20 to 26 patient beds. A distinct close observation wing with 10 private patient rooms has been built, allowing for separation of patients by capability. There are larger rooms for group activities and dining as well as improved safety features.

“These enhancements will ensure that seniors in our community experiencing the impact of dementia and behavior disorders receive state of the art care,” says Mark Eastburg, president and CEO, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

Phase one, the addition of a new 22-bed unit to the Van Andel Center, was completed in September 2012. 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 be completed. In July, Pine Rest will begin the third phase of its 2-year expansion plan which is the Mulder West inpatient unit. These patients will be relocated to the new 22-bed unit as well. This provided a strategic opportunity to expand the Pine Rest inpatient hospital facilities without taking any patient beds off-line or displacing current staff.

Once construction of the third phase is complete, the Van Andel Center unit will open to patients in February 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.

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 $4.25 million. It is named in honor of the lead donors to the project:  the Foundation of Jay and Betty Van Andel and the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation.

“The Van Andel family has made major impact in improving the lives of the citizens of Michigan for many decades through their support of Pine Rest. The Van Andel • Cook Center for Dementia and Geriatric Behavioral Health is the latest expression of their desire to improve the health of our community,” says Eastburg.


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.