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Renovated GRH mental health units to provide better environment for instilling hope and fostering recovery
May 13 2011
Adults and children receiving mental health care at Grand River Hospital will now benefit from larger, brighter and more private care spaces through the completed expansion of inpatient psychiatric units at the facility’s KW Site.
Dignitaries joined staff and community partners today to celebrate the grand opening of the hospital’s child and adolescent psychiatry unit, adult inpatient mental health unit and outpatient day hospital. The celebration will continue tomorrow with a community open house.
“Providing a supportive therapeutic environment for mental health care is a key part of instilling hope and fostering recovery for mental health patients. Through our acute care redevelopment at the KW Site and the new specialized mental health program at Freeport, Waterloo and Wellington patients are benefiting from the best facilities to support high-quality, patient-centered care,” said Bryce Walker, chair of Grand River Hospital’s board of directors.
The KW Site mental health redevelopment is part of the hospital’s $64 million patient care development project. The new care spaces include features to provide patients with an environment that supports care, recovery and a transition back to the community. These include:
  • A dedicated entrance at Mount Hope Street with its own reception, resource centre and waiting area;
  • 52 adult beds and 12 beds for children and adolescents;
  • A day hospital program to provide outpatient care for adults who live in the community;
  • A classroom so younger patients can keep up-to-date with their schoolwork while in hospital and transition back to school;
  • Bright spacious units with private rooms, dining facilities, and a play and lounge area for younger patients; and
  • A courtyard separated into two areas: one for youth and another for adults providing access to outdoor therapeutic space.
“Our government has placed a priority on better treatment for mental illness. That’s why we have invested in new and revitalized care facilities at GRH’s Freeport and KW Sites. We are also developing a comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy starting with children and youth. Funding to support the strategy will grow to $93 million per year by 2013-2014,” said John Milloy, Minister ofTraining, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Kitchener Centre.
“One in four people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, so having readily-available services for mental health patients is especially important for a growing region such as ours. That’s why Regional Council has been pleased to support the redevelopment of mental health facilities along with a range of other improvements at Grand River Hospital’sKW Site,” said Regional Chair Ken Seiling.
Grand River Hospital’s mental health and addictions program includes a range of care options based on patients’ individual needs. Aspects include adult and children’s inpatient units, an outpatient day hospital, an emergency crisis service, withdrawal management services, specialized mental health located at the Freeport Site and a range of ambulatory services for both children and adults. GRH works closely with community agencies to make sure patients are supported outside the hospital.
“The redevelopment of mental health units at the KW Site has been an important project for our foundation. Given our hospital’s leading role in mental health care in Waterloo and Wellington, we’re especially grateful to our donors for providing an exceptional level of support to this important initiative,” said Theresa Fischer, chair of the Grand River Hospital Foundation’s board of governors.
“The support provided by our community, senior levels of government, donors, partners and many others has done a great deal to increase awareness about treating mental illness and reducing the stigma associated with it. We have on-going work to build understanding, but welcoming care facilities will do a great deal to encourage people who need treatment to seek the care that can help them recover,” said Dr. John Heintzman,chief of psychiatry at Grand River Hospital.
As part of the grand opening, the hospital will welcome the community on Saturday May 14th to tour the new child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry unit. The open house from 1 to 4pm at the KW Site (835 King Street West in Kitchener) will include opportunities for families and children to learn more about mental health, and take part in events and crafts. Free parking is available.
Partners in the $64 million patient care development project at Grand River Hospital’s KW Site include the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Region of Waterloo and the Grand River Hospital Foundation through the support of generous community donors.
For more information, please contact:
Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications
519-749-4300 extension 2788, mark.karjaluoto@grhosp.on.ca
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