(THUNDER BAY, ON) – St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) is pleased to announce that the new East Wing Expansion at St. Joseph’s Hospital is now open.
The East Wing is home to the Mental Health Rehabilitation program, providing 38 longer-term inpatient beds for people living with a severe, persistent, chronic, and/or relapsing mental illness, along with other co-existing issues.
“Clients and family members have been involved in this project from the beginning, starting with the space design and program features,” explains Tracy Buckler, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Care Group. “Their input has been essential to the creation of a space that is safe and beneficial to rehabilitation. We can now provide care in a home-like environment that will prepare clients for discharge into a community setting – contributing to their overall success.”
Mental illness, like any other chronic illness, has periods of intensity where symptoms are not manageable by the individual alone. In these times, professional assistance and care is often required.
This care may involve admission to acute care for stabilization, followed by mental health rehabilitation to regain the maximum level of functioning a person can achieve. Our goal is to provide specialized support and skill development so clients can return to their homes and be successful in the community.
Janet Sillman, Vice President of Addictions & Mental Health provides further insight into the changes in mental health care, “For years now, we have been making strides to improve health care for people with serious mental illnesses – this includes changing how and where we provide care. Clients now lead their own care journeys and identify their own personal wellness goals.”
The Mental Health Rehabilitation program at St. Joseph’s Hospital is just one part of a bigger picture. According to Scott Potts, Vice President of Infrastructure & Planning, “We have been creating new partnerships and fortifying existing ones, moving mental health outpatient programs into community settings and increasing the number of high and medium support housing spaces.”
In addition to the Mental Health Rehabilitation program, the new wing is also home to amenities including a library, spaces to meet and visit, a spiritual room, and corporate offices.
Clients and visitors can now access St. Joseph’s Hospital through its new Main Entrance, accessed from Algoma Street. The Main Entrance has a pickup and drop off area, metered Accessible parking, and offers a covered walkway from the second level of the Waterfront District Parkade.
Main Entrances* Open Daily from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm
Algoma Entrance Open Daily from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm
Camelot Entrance Open Weekdays Only from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm (Excluding Holidays)
Court Entrance Open Daily from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm
*For After Hours Access, please use Main Entrances
Source: St. Joseph’s Care Group