Pine Rest kicks off $4 million expansion


Pine Rest is celebrating the start of its second phase of construction that will increase the number of inpatient rooms and services at its main campus in Cutlerville, south of Grand Rapids. Phase Two is a $4 million project to add 10,000 square feet, housing the Van Andel-Cook Center for Dementia & Geriatric Behavioral Health.

The new unit for older adult inpatients also will include renovation of 11,000 square feet and increase the number of beds from 20 to 26. The space also will be used for outpatient services such as assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the often-complicated cognitive and behavioral health concerns faced by seniors.

The clinical unit includes 10 close observation rooms, 14 single rooms and one double bedroom.

The new wing is named for the lead donors for the project; the Jay and Betty Van Andel Foundation and a personal gift from the late Peter and Pat Cook. Almost 350 donors contributed more than $3.2 million to the capital campaign.

Construction of the Van Andel-Cook Center began in October and is expected to be completed in June. The expanded facility was designed by Integrated Architecture with construction managed by Pioneer Construction. The expansion was endorsed by the West Michigan Alliance for Health and has received State of Michigan Certificate of Need approval.

Phase one, the addition of a new 22-bed unit to the Van Andel Center (the main facility in the complex), began earlier this year and was completed in September. Pine Rest describes it as a “domino” expansion plan, which allowed relocation of the existing older adult inpatient unit to the new wing, so that construction of the Van Andel-Cook Center could begin. The sequence provided a strategic opportunity to expand the Pine Rest inpatient hospitalization facilities without taking any patient beds off-line or displacing current staff in the process.

Once the second phase is completed, Pine Rest will begin the third and final phase of its two-year expansion plan, which is the Mulder West inpatient unit.

When construction of phases two and three are completed, the Van Andel Center unit will open to patients in January 2014. It will be dedicated to the treatment and care of patients with co-occurring disorders, making it one of very few such specialty treatment units in the country, according to Pine Rest.

The organization reports seeing an increase in the incidence of co-occurring, substance abuse and mental illness disorders in its current patients in adult units.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs and senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics.

In addition to the main campus off South Division Avenue in Cutlerville, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout Michigan and two in Iowa. In June 2010, the organization marked 100 years of service.

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