Expansion of the Southlake Adult Inpatient Mental Health UnitPublished on June 15, 2021
Remarks by MPP Christine Elliott, Newmark-Aurora | June 15, 2021 | Southlake Regional Health Centre - Newmarket
Good morning, everyone.
It’s a pleasure to be in Newmarket today alongside MPP Caroline Mulroney and Newmarket Mayor John Taylor to celebrate some exciting news for our community.
First and foremost, I would like to thank the incredible health care workers, staff, volunteers and leadership team at Southlake Regional Health Centre for your heroic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and your commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of Ontarians.
I would also like to extend a special thank you to Arden for your hard work and commitment to leading Southlake and our community through these difficult times.
Whether it’s caring for COVID-19 patients at the hospital or helping to administer thousands of vaccines at Ray Twinney, every day the team at Southlake goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care to patients and their families.
I have heard several stories from our community about how welcoming you have been at the Ray Twinney vaccination clinic.
In particular, the Family Friendly weekend you hosted in May not only made the vaccination process more enjoyable for our youth, with ice cream and live entertainment, but your efforts helped the province reach the exciting milestone of nine million doses administered that same weekend.
On behalf of our government and our community – thank you.
Long before any of us had heard of COVID-19, our government made a commitment to build a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system for all Ontarians, including right here in York Region.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the importance of this work by accelerating the need for mental health supports and services.
It is critical that Ontarians are able to access high-quality care when and where they need it.
That is why I am very pleased to announce that our government is investing over $6.5 million to support the expansion of Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit.
On average, 17 patients experiencing a mental health crisis come to Southlake’s Emergency Department every day. Currently, the Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit only has 16 beds. This means that the hospital’s inpatient program is often running at over 100 per cent capacity.
This expansion will add 12 new mental health beds, increasing the total inpatient capacity to 28 beds and enabling the hospital to care for more than 400 additional patients each year.
The newly renovated space will include private rooms, more windows with natural light, and common areas to support recovery. It will ensure that individuals who need emergency mental health support can receive the care they need, when they need it.
I look forward to being able to visit when the new Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit is completed, which is anticipated to be in late 2022.
Thank you again to everyone who is part of Southlake for supporting our community during this time.
Our government will continue to make the critical investments necessary to ensure Ontarians have the appropriate supports to help them in their journey to wellness.
Together, we will build a mental health and addictions system for all Ontarians.