Pine Rest to open psychiatric urgent care center

GAINES  TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Pine Rest Christian Mental Health  Services plans to open a psychiatric urgent care center in Kent County this coming spring.

The new center will offer  emergency psychiatric treatment for patients who cannot wait for  outpatient intervention, according to a release from the behavioral  health provider. It will be the only dedicated psychiatric urgent care  center in West Michigan.

The center will ease  pressure on local emergency rooms where patients in immediate need of  psychiatric care sometimes turn. In those cases, emergency care  providers may need to board patients who are waiting for assessments or  referrals — and that extra time is costly and delays treatment. 

“A  Psychiatric Urgent Care Center, paired with the existing continuum of  behavioral health care available at Pine Rest and in the community, will  help to address these problems,” Pine Rest President and CEO Mark  Eastburg, Ph.D. said of the pilot program.

The  center will be open seven days a week and will initially serve patients  18 years and older. Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance  plans will be accepted.

An exact date for the opening has not yet been released.

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Online: Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

   

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