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St. Joseph's Hospital East Wing Project

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St. Joseph's Hospital is now under construction. How does this impact you?

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The Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Program will be built as a new addition to St. Joseph's Hospital (35 Algoma Street North). The building will be designed based on best practices in providing mental health care and will include inpatient, outpatient and outreach services as well as many of our corporate departments and services that are currently located at different sites.

Thinking about Mental Health Care and Services: Focus on Rehabilitation

The construction of the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Program (SMHRP) as the new wing of St. Joseph's Hospital demonstrates that a new era of integrating mental health and addiction treatment into mainstream health care. This new ideal is about connection and not isolation.

Building a new kind of hospital

Artist Rendering of St. Joseph's Hospital East Wing - FORM Architecture Engineering and Montgomery Sisam Architects
Artist Rendering

St. Joseph's Care Group's vision is to be a leader in client-centred care. By including the SMHRP as an addition to St. Joseph's Hospital, our goal is to create a rehabilitation hospital that provides care for the body, mind and spirit. Currently, St. Joseph's Hospital offers physical rehabilitation services and complex care. The new SMHRP will include 38 inpatient beds and related outpatient programs designed to serve people with serious mental illness and co-existing issues including substance use and development issues, dual disorders and/or geriatric psychiatric illness.

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People requiring inpatient care will access the appropriate level of service for a specific period of time and will be discharged back to the community with the appropriate community supports. To ensure successful transitions, support services, including housing, employment and outreach services, need to be provided. The provision of mental health care in a multiservice health care setting such as St. Joseph's Hospital supports this integration into "mainstream health care" and will reduce the stigma and discrimination often experienced by consumers of mental health services and their families.

The new SMHRP will include additional outpatient rehabilitation resources with an anticipated increase in outpatient visits per year and an expansion of regional videoconferencing to better meet the needs of clients, family members and staff who live in the region and cannot readily access specialized clinical services in their home communities.

We are excited to be part of this new era in mental health care for the people in our community and region. St. Joseph's Care Group will continue to work with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and all of our community partners to reduce repeat visits to the Emergency Department and to improve system navigation, coordination of care and access to the most appropriate level of care. Mental health system changes require the concerted effort of all mental health and addiction treatment providers, as well as primary care and health system providers in Northwestern Ontario. We are committed to working in partnership for the benefit of the people we collectively serve.

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