March 4, 2015, Ottawa, ON—A ribbon cutting was held at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario earlier today to unveil a renovation to the patient lounge on the 6th floor which houses mental health services at CHEO. The renovation was made possible by the vision of Wendy Hubley and Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley.
The renovation provides a much brighter environment that will bring cheer to CHEO patients struggling with significant mental health issues. Many of the ideas for the positive changes to the room came from youth who have been inpatients on the unit.
Allan and Wendy Hubley are very active ambassadors for youth and mental health programs in the community and at CHEO. Their son Jamie Hubley was the inspiration for this project, and a painting of a unicorn and a rainbow scroll in the patient lounge recall his memory.
“We offer our warmest thanks to the Hubley family for helping spearhead this project and for being such an inspiration through their strength and courage in bringing mental health to the forefront of our community,” said CHEO President and CEO Alex Munter. “This positive space will help many young people in their healing.”
CHEO’s mental health programs cover a broad spectrum. It starts with early intervention to reach out to youth using a peer-to-peer model called YouthNet. In addition to emergency and inpatient care for children and youth in crisis, CHEO partners in community-based programs such as Bridges to help prevent readmission to hospital. CHEO’s specialized programs includes treatment for children and youth with early-onset major psychiatric disorders, eating disorders programs, and day treatment units in a school setting. CHEO provides these services and much more, while our research program looks to improve the outcomes for children and youth with mental health issues.
Facts about mental health services at CHEO:
• CHEO is the lead hospital for Specialized Psychiatric and Mental Health Services for children and youth in Eastern Ontario
• Today, CHEO sees more pediatric crisis visits in our Emergency Department than any other hospital in Ontario
• Our Mental Health programs span the full range from early intervention to the most specialized, from community-based programs to those in the hospital
• CHEO conducts leading-edge mental health research
• Our Mental Health unit is partnered with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
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