Pine Rest Study Published in JHA – Journal of Hospital Administration

May 20, 2021

A recent study compiled by members of the Pine Rest research team has been published in the JHA – Journal of Hospital Administration by Sciedu Press.

The study, “Limiting transmission of COVID-19 in an inpatient psychiatric hospital using a special care unit as a behavioral health model” was conducted and compiled between March 1 – August 31, 2020.

“In March 2020, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI initiated protocols and precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 between patients and health care personnel (HCP) based on emerging CDC guidelines. Multiple strategies were effectively implemented and limited transmission of COVID-19 within Pine Rest … This report demonstrates that quality behavioral health care can be safely provided at inpatient psychiatric facilities and serve as a guideline that other psychiatric facilities can follow to decrease transmission in future epidemics.” — Excerpt from study abstract.

Members of the Pine Rest team who worked on this study consisted of by Dr. William Sanders, Kim Greenwald, Josh Foster, David Meisinger, Richelle Payea, Harmony Gould, Jessica Kross, LMSW, and Dr. Carol Janney.

You can link to a full PDF version of the paper on the JHA website.

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