Pine Grove’s 35th Anniversary Celebration

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“Where There’s Hope,” embracing the future with Elizabeth Smart.

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses is proud to announce their 35th Anniversary Celebration with a very special event titled, Where There’s Hope, Embracing the Future with Elizabeth Smart. This significant celebratory event is Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at the Thad Cochran Center’s third floor ballrooms on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. This event is a seated luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m., and features a keynote address by Elizabeth Smart, one of America’s most well-known child abduction survivors and a highly respected advocate for national child safety legislation. A press opportunity for members of the media to interview Elizabeth Smart is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on February 19th at the Thad Cochran Center.

Elizabeth Smart said, “I’m so excited and honored to be speaking at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services’ 35th Anniversary. We all have our challenges in life, and so often too many of us find ourselves alone. Having support and a network of friends to rely upon is essential in triumphing over those challenges. Pine Grove is truly a beacon of hope not only locally but nationally and a role model for others to follow.” Pine Grove is looking forward to welcoming Elizabeth Smart to Hattiesburg and her inspiring message about the importance of finding strength, and embracing the future. According to Debbie Sanford, Administrator of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, “Elizabeth Smart’s mission to help other people overcome trauma and reclaim their lives is very much aligned with Pine Grove’s 35 years of providing hope and healing to children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with behavioral health care and addiction issues.” Following Elizabeth Smart’s presentation, she will participate in a book signing of her two publications, My Story and Where There’s Hope.

This special event is a fundraiser for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services’ Spiritual Grounds project, and is proudly sponsored by The Mapp Family Foundation, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Midtown Market. All contributions to Pine Grove’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, Where There’s Hope, Embracing the Future with Elizabeth Smart, are stewarded through the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Forrest General Hospital. Pine Grove’s Spiritual Grounds project is an initiative of the Foundation and consists of several therapeutic elements including a meditative labyrinth, fire circle, garden and the Paul McMullan Circle of Healing Plaza. Pine Grove’s development plans, with the support of generous contributors, include the addition of a bell tower and chapel to offer patients, their family members and alumni a dedicated place for prayer, fellowship and acceptance.

Pine Grove’s world renowned programs treat gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 plus. Other Pine Grove specialty treatment programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual addiction. Inpatient Services including an Adult Psychiatric Unit, along with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, and Outpatient Services are other components. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for 35 years.

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