New Hope for Psychiatric Help: The Loeks Residency Center

Conference Room at Loeks Residency CenterDid you know that unless you end up needing emergency care,
it can take months to get an appointment with a psychiatrist in West Michigan? Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 5 Last week I joined the joyous celebrationCelebration Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 16 unveiling  Pine Rest (Christian psychiatric) Hospital’s Loeks Center new Loeks Residency Center, Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 11 which is the culmination of many years of vision
and countless hours of intensive work by Dream builders at Loeks Residency Center…way too many people to list. Alan at Loeks Residency Center I’m acutely aware of the work behind this labor of love
because of my husband Alan’s role, Celebration of Loeks Residency Center but there were critical people at every level Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 13 who threw themselves heart and soul into building the residency, Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 8 and all those years of dreaming and planning Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 12 have finally come to fruition in the form of a residency program Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 7 to train young physicians to become excellent and compassionate psychiatrists. CEO speaking at Loeks Residency Center 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 +? Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 4 Whereas there’s been a 45% increase in general physicians since 1995, DSC07504 (1)there’s only been a 12% increase in psychiatrists. Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 6In my biased opinion, our country brought this on ourselves by disrespecting the role of psychiatry a generation ago when Alan was in medical school. Patient rooms at Loeks Residency Center 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. Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 3 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. DSC07445 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. Board Chair Speaking at at Loeks Residency Center This, coupled with encouragement from Pine Rest’s great board Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 2 and the support of various government and insurance authorities
established the vision, Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 14 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. Counseling Room at Loeks Residency Center We’re all thrilled with the beautiful Loeks Center Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 9 and have been truly delighted with the quality of young physicians Pine Rest Mission Statements
who’ve chosen to come to Pine Rest for their training. at Loeks Residency Center 2 Watching the anguish and labor expended for all this to come to birth Pine Rest Mission Statements 2 reminds me that in all areas of building the community of faith, Pine Rest Mission Statements 3it takes the concerted effort of each member. Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 15 We are all part of the Body of Christ,
working together to build his Kingdom of Love and Light. Psychiatrist at PRCH “So we, being many, are one body in Christ,
and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5).Celebration of Loeks Residency Center 10
(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)

  1. 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.

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