Since its beginnings in 1939, the mental health facility in Central Elgin has been at the forefront of innovation in the delivery of mental health services.
With a long, full, and diverse history, the hospital has been at the core of mental health treatment and care, serving the region for over 70 years.
In 2001 St. Joseph’s Health Care London assumed governance of both the London and St. Thomas mental health facilities at a pivotal time in the history and evolution of mental health care. Building on an already established foundation of excellence in care, we took on the challenge of transforming mental health care within the system, our region and our facilities, alongside care providers, community partners and government stakeholders.
View the legacy timeline for an illustration of both the legacy of care and the journey of mental health transformation in Elgin County as we have moved away from an institutionalized model of care, where a patient stayed in hospital for a long period of time- to a recovery model of care, one of hope and healing, where the goal is to help individuals who have mental health conditions live healthy, satisfying, and productive lives in their communities.