Queensway Carleton Hospital officially opens The Barbara Crook and Dan Greenberg Mental Health Centre
November 30, 2023
On November 30, Queensway Carleton Hospital opened the doors to the brand new, fully renovated and expanded space for mental health care. The Barbara Crook and Dan Greenberg Mental Health Centre will ensure those in need of acute mental health care have access to the very best treatment in an environment that promotes hope and wellness.
The entire project concluded with the opening of the newly renovated floor for outpatient mental health care, to complement the floor dedicated to inpatient care which opened in December 2022. The new space dedicated to outpatient care includes areas for one-on-one appointments with social workers; two large group rooms equipped with audio-visual for peer support and day treatment programs; a clinic for medication administration, monitoring, and support; a kitchen; wellness room; outdoor courtyard; and more.
“Last year, we provided mental health care to over 14,610 people. That’s 26 per cent more than four years ago,” says Dr. Andrew Falconer, President and CEO of Queensway Carleton Hospital. “The Barbara Crook and Dan Greenberg Mental Health Centre is designed with our patients' well-being at the forefront, creating a welcoming, therapeutic environment where compassionate care and cutting-edge treatments come together to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
QCH’s original mental health unit was built in 1976 and had never been renovated, making it the oldest unit in our hospital. In 2016, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation launched the Hopes Rising Campaign to address the evolving mental health needs of our growing community. An incredible $6 million was donated in support of this vital initiative.
“This Centre is a reality because of the tremendous generosity of the Ottawa community and philanthropic leaders including Barbara Crook and Dan Greenberg,” explains Shannon Gorman, President and CEO, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. “This new Centre is a bright and airy space and it’s bringing mental illness out of the shadows and into the light.”
The completed Centre spans two stories and is double the size of the unit’s original footprint.
“The Centre isn’t just bricks and mortar; it’s a step forward in the way we treat mental illness,” shares philanthropist Barbara Crook. “Not just clinical treatment, but the way we, as a society view mental illness. This Centre is a place of hope and wellness.”
Queensway Carleton Hospital’s mental health program provides intensive and acute mental health care, with inpatient beds, 24/7 emergency consultations, outpatient assessment and treatment, and a recovery-oriented group-based day treatment program.
Along with support from the Ottawa community, the project received $9 million in funding from the Ministry of Health.
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