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Annual Dinner on November 19 Will Highlight Pine Rest's Profound Innovation & Profound Impact

The Pine Rest Foundation’s annual gala will focus on “Profound Innovation and Profound Impact.” The keynote speaker is Katherine Stone, a women’s mental health advocate who writes a well-know blog and plans to write one during the evening’s events.

The dinner will highlight how innovative thinking at Pine Rest is addressing three recognized needs within our community – psychiatry physician shortage, a gap in the medical treatment of young mothers with postpartum depression (PPD), and specialized treatment for senior adults with dementia and depression. Pine Rest’s new Psychiatry Residency Program, Mother & Baby Program and the Van Andel = Cook Center for Dementia & Geriatric Behavioral Health will meet these needs in profound ways for years to come.

Event details are:

  • 6 p.m. Reception
  • 7 p.m.  Program and dinner
  • Held at J.W. Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids
  • Individual seats are $150 per person and still available
  • A percentage of each ticket is tax-deductible

Katherine Stone, Women’s Mental Health Advocate
Born out of a devastating bout with postpartum depression and subsequent efforts to learn about it, Katherine Stone came to the realization that mental illness related to pregnancy was an underreported, yet common, childbirth complication. After recovery she created the internationally recognized website to raise awareness and give mothers comprehensive information and support.

Today, Postpartum Progress is the most widely read blog on depression and pregnancy / childbirth. On the heels of that project, Stone founded Postpartum Progress, Inc., a national nonprofit geared toward improving support for women with postpartum depression.

As the keynote, Stone’s presentation, and a brief video from a patient, will bring focus to Pine Rest’s partial hospitalization day program for women with perinatal mood disorders. It is the second in the country and opened in December. Women are able to bring their babies to the day treatment program. More than 115 women have received the help and support they need since its opening.

Also, two Pine Rest psychiatrists will speak briefly and highlight the new programs they represent. Jack Mahdasian, MD, MA, is the senior psychiatrist for the Van Andel = Cook Center for Dementia & Geriatric Behavioral Health, and is passionate about the treatment of behavioral health concerns for older adults. William Sanders, DO, is the Pine Rest Psychiatric Residency program director who will supervise residents and brings his passion for teaching to this new program.

Proceeds from this year’s dinner will benefit the Pine Rest Foundation’s endowment fund which is used to provide grants to Pine Rest programs and services, and support the Patient Assistance Fund which helps families meet the cost of care and treatment.

“The endowment funds were instrumental in the development of each of these innovative programs and create opportunity for Pine Rest to remain a leader in the mental health arena,” says Randall Johnson, Pine Rest Foundation senior development officer.

To reserve seats or to receive information regarding sponsorship opportunities, call the Pine Rest Foundation at 616/281-6390 or go to the website

About the Pine Rest Foundation

The Pine Rest Foundation exists to provide Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services with financial resources and community support so its ministry of behavioral health care can flourish and be enhanced. 

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 15 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.