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Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services & Christian Counseling Center Will Merge

The board of directors for both organizations, Christian Counseling Center and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, have approved the consolidation of the two organizations. An asset purchase agreement has been signed. It is estimated the transition will be completed by mid-May.

Pine Rest will assume the remainder of the Christian Counseling Center’s debt of $167,000 and will invest about $300,000 into infrastructure improvements of information technology including electronic health record technology, a telephone communication system and facilities improvements. The 10,000 sq. ft. center is located at 1870 Leonard St., NE, Grand Rapids, Mich.

“I see this consolidation as an example of good stewardship,” says Mark Eastburg, PhD, Pine Rest president and CEO. “By merging, we can expand the impact of scarce behavioral health resources and find efficiencies that will allow us to serve even more people.”

The Christian Counseling Center will retain its name using this tagline: A Ministry of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. The center’s staff will continue providing the same quality behavioral health care to the community while operating as one of Pine Rest’s outpatient clinics. The center has 25 clinicians and five support staff.

Current Christian Counseling Center executive director Rick A. Smith will leave the organization as was part of the consolidation plan. “We are blessed to have the opportunity to join an organization like Pine Rest, which has a very similar mission and values. Joining Pine Rest at this time provides the operational and financial resources required to serve our patients in this ever changing regulatory environment,” says Smith.

Pine Rest has named Ryan LaRue as Clinic Manager of the Christian Counseling Center. LaRue has been a Pine Rest employee for almost 10 years and a manager at the Pine Rest Caledonia Clinic for five years.

The Pine Rest outpatient clinic network has 16, now 17, locations throughout Michigan and two in Iowa. In the past fiscal year, the 267 Pine Rest clinicians provided 276,000 client visits.

Both organizations share a long history of providing mental health services to the community. The ministry of the Christian Counseling Center was founded in 1941; Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services began in 1910. Together they have been serving our community for 175 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.

About Christian Counseling Center
Christian Counseling Center began in 1941 in downtown Grand Rapids in the early years of World War II. It was designed from its inception as an interdenominational, Christian relief and counseling service. It provides outpatient-based mental health services especially for those with limited resources. Additionally, the Christian Counseling Center provides staffing and consultation services to local area ministries with a program called Project Hope.