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Pine Rest and Christian Counseling Center announce merger

Mar 28th, 2014 - Local News

(mlive)- Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and the Christian Counseling Center announced their merger Thursday, March 27.

The transition will be completed by mid-May, under the agreement approved by the boards of directors of the two organizations, according to an announcement by Pine Rest.

Pine Rest will assume the counseling center's debt of $167,000 and invest about $300,000 into infrastructure improvements, including electronic records technology.

The Christian Counseling Center, which has 25 clinicians and five support staff, will retain its name, using a tagline identifying it as a ministry of Pine Rest. It will operate as one of Pine Rest's 17 outpatient clinics and will remain at its current location, 1870 Leonard St. NE.

Under the consolidation plan, the counseling center's executive director, Rick A. Smith, will step down. Pine Rest employee Ryan LaRue will be the center's clinic manager.

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