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Hospital fundraising to transform in-patient mental health care

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:34 PDT, Fri May 7, 2021

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

With the goal of continuing to deliver best-in-class mental health care, plans are underway to redesign Richmond Hospital’s In-Patient Acute Mental Health Unit.

These infrastructure upgrades will build on the hospital's well-established Person and Family Centred Care (PFCC) project by creating a welcoming and therapeutic physical space that matches the skills of its staff and enhances the experience of patients and families. Richmond Hospital Foundation is inviting donors to support its $1.3 million fundraising campaign to make this possible.

Located on the second floor at Richmond Hospital, the In-Patient Acute Mental Health Unit currently has 18 beds, and its physicians, nurses and allied health professionals care for more than 250 patients each year, averaging a 30-day stay per person.

“With one in five people in our community facing mental health challenges, this new facility will be instrumental in supporting people on their journey to mental wellness,” says Matt Ilich, director, Richmond Hospital Foundation Board. “Your support will make a significant impact, creating an environment so patients can recover and heal with dignity and respect.”

Renovations of the 10,000 square foot space will include a range of important features that will both improve overall patient experience as well as safety. The updated unit will include a family dining area, kitchen, multifunctional activity room, patient and family lounge, along with new furniture, lighting and décor that promotes a welcoming, home-like experience.    

“Our vision is to continue to deliver the highest quality of mental health care in a new, comfortable space that puts patients and their families at the centre of everything we do,” says Karen Barclay, director, Richmond Mental Health and Substance Use at Vancouver Coastal Health-Richmond. “This will truly have a long-lasting, positive impact on our care for patients and we invite the community to join us in making this a reality.”

The In-Patient Acute Mental Health Unit is scheduled to open in late 2021. There are many ways to give. Find out how you can make a difference at: https://www.richmondhospitalfoundation.com/ways-to-give/.

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