In October 2023, GBGH submitted its Stage 2 (of five) Capital Submission to the Ministry of Health requesting a comprehensive acute mental health program for our community.
The journey has begun but there’s still a long way to go. With our community’s support, we can raise the $20 million needed to address urgent needs at GBGH, including building a 48,400-square-foot acute-mental health care wing. This addition would be attached to the back of the hospital, near the ambulance bay, which is adjacent to the 22 acres of land that was purchased in 2021 from a legacy gift to the hospital. This will eventually become the future site of our new hospital expansion.
This state-of-the-art mental health wing will house 24 beds, including 16 acute beds and 8 beds for geriatric patients.
Along with in-patient services, the unit will provide day programming to help patients transition back into the community and would be staffed by nurses, psychiatrists, counsellors, recreational and occupational therapists, crisis workers, dieticians, psychometrists, teachers, clerical support, peer support workers and other health care providers.
Our goal is to tender this project for construction in 2025 and to welcome our first patients to a peaceful, supportive environment, built for recovery, healing, and care in 2027/28.