Read a note on our new Mental Health Unit from CMH President and CEO, Patrick Gaskin
“I want to take you to our Inpatient Mental Health Unit.
This unit has limited access to the outdoors – patients, when they are well enough – can take up to ten minutes to get outside.
Today, as a patient in Mental Health Unit, you have access to one shower. This shower is the size of a closet that opens into the Mental Health unit’s hallway. Furthermore, the door does not lock. It is a shower that can be opened by any one at any time.
Now let me take you briefly to the Mental Health unit in the new patient care wing.
Your first impression will be will be how much light drenches the unit.
Light is an important part of the healing process. It was purposely designed as a feature in the new build.
From morning to night, the large floor to ceiling windows will provide healing light to the entire floor. I’m struck by the words of a Mental Health Family Advisory Council Member who described the space as “bright and cheery – much different than what you would expect from a Mental Health Unit.”
We brought the outdoors to the Mental Health Unit by building in Terraces. These outdoor spaces provide our patients with a glimpse of the beautiful vistas Cambridge and the Grand River has to offer. They don’t need to leave the floor to get fresh air.
Furthermore, every inpatient room in mental is equipped with its own shower and bathroom. While this seems like common sense and expected in the design of a hospital building, it is more than that.
It allows us to give our patients back their dignity. Their confidence. Their ability to take care of themselves in a safe environment.
We are building more than a new hospital and purchasing new equipment. We are transforming the way we provide care.
We want our patients to feel supported, safe, and well cared for when they enter our hospital.
To this point, bricks and mortar do not make our patients feel cared for; A hospital is really made up of people. Our staff, our physicians, our visitors, our families, our patients, and just as important, it is made up of you – volunteers, donors, and friends.
You are the ones that make this possible and I am heartened that you will take this campaign over the top. Thank you."