Pine Relaxation, DeVos Kids’s Hospital to associate on new $62M behavioral well being heart

Pine Relaxation Christian Psychological Well being Providers plans a brand new $62 million pediatric heart to deal with what CEO Mark Eastburg calls the “crushing want” for psychological well being therapy amongst kids and adolescents.

The 88-bed Pediatric Behavioral Well being Middle of Excellence on Pine Relaxation’s 68th Avenue campus in Cutlerville will embody a psychiatric pressing care, a disaster stabilization unit, and specialty outpatient clinics to forestall psychological well being crises for circumstances similar to despair, anxiousness, and consuming problems.

Unveiling the challenge this morning, Pine Relaxation officers count on to open the pediatric heart in 2024. The power would add much-needed capability to deal with an alarming rise within the variety of kids and adolescents experiencing a psychological sickness who usually have to attend weeks or months to entry care.

The pediatric heart will “dramatically increase and add new behavioral well being companies to children in Michigan, our youngsters and grandchildren,” Eastburg mentioned whereas unveiling the challenge in partnership with Helen DeVos Kids’s Hospital.

“Right now, merely put, we would not have sufficient behavioral well being care suppliers in Michigan to look after Michigan children,” Eastburg mentioned. “For too lengthy, we now have lived with out sufficient psychological well being care for teenagers in Michigan. That begins to alter proper now.”

A $38 million appropriation within the state’s new finances for the 2023 fiscal yr that begins Oct. 1 will fund a big a part of the challenge. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the finances on Wednesday. Pine Relaxation will search to boost the remaining $24 million by a capital marketing campaign.

A scarcity of ample capability and entry for kids and adolescents needing psychological well being care existed properly earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020, Eastburg mentioned.

The speed of adolescents and younger adults experiencing a significant depressive episode has doubled within the final 10 years, and suicide is now the second-leading explanation for loss of life amongst adolescents, he mentioned.

Incidence charges for despair, anxiousness, substance use and different points have risen all through the pandemic, making a “crushing want for psychological well being companies in our group,” Eastburg mentioned.

“This epidemic of psychological sickness is nothing new, however within the final two and a half years the COVID-19 pandemic has poured kerosene on the smoldering fireplace of psychological sickness and suicide and substance use dysfunction in our children,” he mentioned. “What was an pressing want for extra entry to psychological care companies previous to the pandemic grew to become a psychological well being pandemic in itself.”

Pine Relaxation’s partnership on the pediatric heart with BHSH System’s DeVos Kids’s Hospital will allow care suppliers to mix psychological and medical care when wanted for sufferers.

The 2 plan to create a “seamless continuum of care between companies” at DeVos Kids’s Hospital and Pine Relaxation, Eastburg mentioned.

“With this heart, we’re starting to fix the fragmentation between bodily well being and psychological well being companies that contribute to the struggling and confusion for teenagers and households in a time of disaster,” he mentioned. “Irrespective of the place a household begins their care journey, they may expertise their suppliers as working carefully collectively for his or her profit, getting children to precisely the correct professional as shortly as doable.”

The partnership with Pine Relaxation is the second introduced this month for DeVos Kids’s Hospital.

Mary Free Mattress Rehabilitation Hospital and DeVos Kids’s Hospital plan to construct the state’s first kids’s rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids beneath a joint working settlement. The $60 million constructing deliberate throughout from Mary Free Mattress’s predominant campus will present specialised rehab care for kids.

In partnering with Pine Relaxation on the brand new pediatric heart, BHSH System President and CEO Tina Freese Decker mentioned “our children want these companies now greater than ever.”

“We have now been companions for many years, and what this additional does is it enhances that partnership for extra a long time to return,” Freese Decker mentioned.

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