Behavioral health facility builds out $12.4M project


A partial rendering of the construction project underway at Pine Rest's Van Andel Center in Cutlerville. Courtesy Pine Rest

Work is underway on a $12.4-million project at a behavioral health facility in the area.

Pine Rest said yesterday that construction on its new 26-bed unit at the organization’s Van Andel Center in Cutlerville, just south of Kentwood, began this spring.

The unit at the inpatient behavioral health hospital will have the flexibility to accommodate adult and adolescent patients, depending on need.

The inpatient wing will consist of up to 35,000 square feet of space. The project also includes a new 5,600-square-foot Contact Center, main entrance and renovation of 2,800 square feet of existing space.

The Contact Center will be located off the main entrance.

The project should be completed next spring.

BWBR Architects in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a health care facility designer, is the architect on the project.

Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals is the project's construction manager. The firm has managed several construction projects at Pine Rest.

The project is being funded through a variety of methods.

Planning process

A Pine Rest hospital-based construction team developed a patient services expansion plan to meet the community need now and for the next several years.

Mark Eastburg, Pine Rest president and CEO, said the hospital conducted extensive meetings with more than 15 community stakeholders, which included representatives from health care, law enforcement, community mental health and others, in planning the expansion.

“This unique research indicated that the need was greatest for child and adolescent beds, but the flexibility will help us meet the most crucial need at any given time,” Eastburg said.

The inpatient unit will have 26 private rooms with various doors that will allow Pine Rest to adjust its private inpatient rooms between adults and adolescents as needed.

Heather Treib, operations director of Pine Rest hospital-based services, said the treatment space allows the hospital to serve both populations programmatically, “keeping adults and adolescents separated, but without duplicating spaces.”

Contact Center

The new Contact Center will help improve the facility’s functionality.

Pine Rest said the volume of patients registering at the Contact Center has increased dramatically in the years since the space was designed.

Cutlerville hospital administrators have experienced a need for an improved admissions process and more space was needed to accomplish this.

Key features of the design will include additional client intake rooms, as well as a separate ambulance entrance, a designated waiting area for children and a more welcoming front entrance and lobby.

State approval

The 26-bed unit received Certificate of Need, or CON, approval from the State of Michigan.

The patient beds were gained through an application for 10 flex beds that were available at the state level, as well as the purchase of 16 adult beds from Carson Health Hospital in Carson City in 2014.

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