GRH has developed a specialized mental health expansion at the Freeport site, which opened in November of 2010. This new unit will ensure that patients with persistent mental health issues can receive care close to home instead of traveling to other cities.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Hospital Services Restructuring Commission (HSRC) awarded the program to Grand River Hospital in 1999. It is one element in a continuum of all services to support people with serious mental illness, including seniors.
The HSRC directed the closure of the London and St Thomas Psychiatric Hospitals, the tertiary mental health resources for the South West Region. Residents of Waterloo Wellington receiving longer-term mental health care in London and St Thomas have been transferred to the new service developed at the Freeport Site.
The Government of Ontario has provided $13.5 million in construction funding for the expansion and renovation.
The expansion to 50 specialized mental health beds included several components:
- A 33 bed severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) inpatient unit;
- A seven-bed SPMI transitional inpatient unit to assist with the gradual return to the community;
- A 10 bed senior’s mental health unit; and
- A 10 space day hospital affiliated with the senior’s mental health program and outreach consultation teams to facilitate community based care.
• GRH opens specialized mental health unit
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The Grand River Hospital Foundation appreciates the community gifts received to date to support specialized mental health. Fundraising continues for this area, and donations are gratefully accepted. Please visit our website to learn more about this and other important projects.