Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Name of Hospital: Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Partial Hospitalization Program

City, State/Province, Country: Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Number of Stars: 4

Comment: I spent four days attending Pine Rest’s partial hospitalization program, and overall it was a positive experience. There was lots of tea/real coffee available in the lounge, the classes were helpful, and the case managers who ran group therapy sessions were really good.

The psychiatrist was very knowledgeable about different treatment options, but he was also pretty crotchety. One thing I appreciate is that the PHP is considered a backup and if you can’t find an outpatient psychiatrist to write refills, they’ll call in refills for you.

Pine Rest is not subtle about the Christian aspect: there’s Christian inspirational posters, Bibles, and Christian pamphlets everywhere. This was pretty off-putting for me (I’m Jewish) and I think that this will deter people in the area from receiving care.

The food in the cafeteria is good, but after the first day (you get a meal ticket the first day) you have to pay for all meals yourself.

The discharge planner did some legwork on my behalf after my discharge when I was having difficulties coordinating my outpatient care, which I appreciated.

Overall, it’s a program I’d recommend, but I wish Pine Rest would dial back the Jesus stuff by ten percent.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Day program

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Jewish

Year(s) : April 2017

Pine Rest Christian Mental Services

Name of Hospital: Pine Rest Christian Mental Services

City, State/Province, Country: Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Number of Stars: 3.5

Comment: The building was alright, and everyone gets their own bedroom and bathroom with a shower. We had a good amount of free time and group therapy was never forced, but the therapists were nice and not boring so I wanted to go anyway. The staff while I stayed there was very nice and some of them tried to get to know me and make me feel comfortable.

However, I only got to meet alone (not in group) with a therapist/psychiatrist once. Also we did not get to go outside very often or for very long. When we did get to go outside, they outside area was pretty small. The food was not very good, but I didn’t expect it to be.
Overall, it was a decent experience but there definitely could be some improvements.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: Bisexual female, was no problem for me

Year(s) : 2016