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Advancing mental health and addictions care in Niagara

Posted Oct 5th, 2012

Members of the media are invited to tour the Mental Health & Addictions program in the final stages of construction at the New St. Catharines Site.

At over 81,000 sq. ft., the Program boasts the largest department square footage in the new hospital, encompassing the entire first level of the inpatient platform.

Dr. Edgardo Pérez, a world-renowned authority in the field of wellness, mental health and addictions was recently introduced to the Niagara community as the regional lead of this blossoming program. Equipped with a world-renowned leader and a state-of-the-art facility, the NHS is well on its way to becoming a leader in creating a patient client centred model of care for the very important patients in Niagara who have need of this Program.

What: Interview, tour and photo opportunity
When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
10:45 a.m. – Arrival, required safety briefing and donning of safety gear
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Construction site tour and interviews
Who: Dr. Edgardo Pérez, Regional Chief of Mental Health & Addictions
Linda Boich, Vice President, Patient Services & Strategy
Heather Scott, Health Program Director, Mental Health & Addictions
Barb Pizzingrilli, Manager, Mental Health Program Development
Front line nurse
Where: Enter via the main entrance on First Avenue, closest to the intersection of First Street and Fourth Avenue; Meet at NHS Project Management Office, located on the first level of the Walker Family Cancer Centre (red brick building)

Mental Health and Addiction services currently span across the NHS sites. When inpatient services consolidate at the new site in 2013, the Program will provide a range of mental health and addiction services to patients in the Region. Outpatient mental health and addictions services will continue to be provided across the NHS sites.

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