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Pine Rest Completes 3-Phase Construction For Inpatient Services

On February 3, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services will move patients into its new 22-bed inpatient hospital unit. This 3-phase construction project resulted in a facilities investment of $12.24 million and an additional hiring of 40 FTE staff.

The 22-bed facility in the Van Andel Center was completed in September 2012, and was first used as a staging unit during the construction and renovation of two other patient units. This created a strategic opportunity to expand Pine Rest services without taking any patient beds off-line or displacing current staff in the process.

The Van Andel Cook Center for Dementia and Geriatric Behavioral Health, which houses the Older Adult 26-bed inpatient unit, was completed in July 2013. While the Mulder West 22-bed inpatient unit opened Jan. 20, 2014. Both of these patient units are within Mulder Center.

With the completed Van Andel Center adult inpatient unit, the total patient beds managed by Pine Rest are 200. The new wing measures 20,417 sq. ft. and includes four single barrier-free rooms, six single rooms and six semi-private rooms. The inpatient hospital is located on the Pine Rest main campus at 300 68th Street.

Unit services will be dedicated to the treatment and care of patients with co-occurring disorders. Pine Rest has seen an increase in the incidence of patients with a mental health diagnosis and a co-occurring substance use diagnosis. This unit, one of only a few in the country, will be a comprehensive, integrated treatment center.

“We estimate that more than one-third of our total annual patient visits are patients diagnosed with co-occurring disorders,” says Lisa Schirmer, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Practice and Utilization Management. “This unit will allow us to bring these patients together into one place to integrate their treatment experience. Research has shown that treating both conditions together consistently provides better outcomes.”

In the construction of the three units, Pine Rest was able to capitalize on model of care research to create a state of the art psychiatric inpatient unit focused on maximizing safety while creating a clinical environment designed to meet the complex needs of patients.

The purposeful design of the open nurse station, a specialized door entry system on and off the unit, and a staff personal alarm system are safety features for patients and staff. A dedicated sensory room on the unit is a best practice for reducing patient anxiety or agitation. Investments in new technology for mobile computers and phones allows staff members to be more integrated with patients and give them more efficient tools to do their job.

“We are eager and ready to expand our patient capabilities and accept more patients into the hospital,” says Dr. Schirmer. “There are many times that our hospital has been at capacity and unable to accept patients, these new beds will relieve this problem.”

 About Pine Rest

Pine Rest, one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., has served the greater Grand Rapids and national community for more than 100 years. It offers 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 West Michigan and two in Iowa. For more information, go to