Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services announced today that they have agreed to transition their Joint Operating Agreement, which has been in place since 1999, in order to continue to work together for the benefit of our community. The current agreement will conclude on December 31, 2017, as both organizations agree that it is time to focus on other ways to work together to serve patients and the greater community.
“In light of the momentous changes in health care over the past several years, we made a mutual decision to transition the current agreement and develop a new relationship that will better serve our patients, our community and our institutions,” commented Bill Manns, president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.
“There will not be an interruption in any patient’s care,” said Mark Eastburg, PhD, president and CEO of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. “The Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Pine Rest partnership has made possible hope and healing for tens of thousands of Michigan residents over the past two decades. Together, we are looking forward to pursuing new opportunities to live out the missions of our organizations to benefit the community.”
In addition to providing more effective programs, the new relationship will reduce duplication of functions and expense that exist in the current operating structure.