Did you know that unless you end up needing emergency care,
it can take months to get an appointment with a psychiatrist in West Michigan? Last week I joined the joyous celebration unveiling Pine Rest (Christian psychiatric) Hospital’s new Loeks Residency Center, which is the culmination of many years of vision
and countless hours of intensive work by …way too many people to list. I’m acutely aware of the work behind this labor of love
because of my husband Alan’s role, but there were critical people at every level who threw themselves heart and soul into building the residency, and all those years of dreaming and planning have finally come to fruition in the form of a residency program to train young physicians to become excellent and compassionate psychiatrists. As our CEO pointed out: Did you know there’s a national shortage of psychiatrists in the U.S., and that almost 60% of psychiatrists are 55 +? Whereas there’s been a 45% increase in general physicians since 1995, there’s only been a 12% increase in psychiatrists. In my biased opinion, our country brought this on ourselves by disrespecting the role of psychiatry a generation ago when Alan was in medical school. Of course scientific study by definition is confined to the physical realm,
but the medical scientists in that era failed to appreciate
the world of dysfunction that can’t be accounted for by molecular biology. I think it’s only been since the fabric of our culture has shredded to tatters that the medical community has recognized the need for competent care in the field of mental health. After “going crazy” trying to recruit enough psychiatrists to fill the need in West Michigan, Alan (as Pine Rest’s CMO), Mark (the CEO), and other members of the C suite considered the potential for “growing” their own. This, coupled with encouragement from Pine Rest’s great board and the support of various government and insurance authorities
established the vision, but it wasn’t until the family of Ruth and Jack Loeks gave a gracious,
life-giving gift from their parents’ estate that Pine Rest was able to build
a facility to support their new residency program. We’re all thrilled with the beautiful Loeks Center and have been truly delighted with the quality of young physicians
who’ve chosen to come to Pine Rest for their training. Watching the anguish and labor expended for all this to come to birth reminds me that in all areas of building the community of faith, it takes the concerted effort of each member. We are all part of the Body of Christ,
working together to build his Kingdom of Love and Light. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ,
and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5).(Thanks to all you dear people who are involved
and allowed me to photograph you!)
We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations
(Text and music to this blessed hymn is by H. Ernest Nichol, 1862-1928)
- We’ve a story to tell to the nations,
that shall turn their hearts to the right,
a story of truth and mercy,
a story of peace and light,
a story of peace and light.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
and the dawning to noonday bright;
and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth,
the kingdom of love and light.
2. We’ve a song to be sung to the nations,
that shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
a song that shall conquer evil
and shatter the spear and sword,
and shatter the spear and sword.
3. We’ve a message to give to the nations,
that the Lord who reigneth above
hath sent us his Son to save us,
and show us that God is love,
and show us that God is love.
4. We’ve a Savior to show to the nations,
who the path of sorrow hath trod,
that all of the world’s great peoples
might come to the truth of God,
might come to the truth of God.