Apr. 08, 2011
Construction on St. Joseph’s specialized mental health care buildings in London and St. Thomas has officially begun with groundbreaking ceremonies on April 1 and 8.
The new 420,000 square-foot facility will be constructed adjacent to Parkwood Hospital in London. Its programs will accommodate services for:
- adolescent psychiatry
- concurrent disorders
- geriatric psychiatry
- mood and anxiety disorders
The project also includes the construction of a new forensic mental health-care facility on the existing lands in St. Thomas, which will replace the current facility.
The new facilities will better support staff and provide a recovery model of care for patients by creating healing environments, in a neighbourhood and community setting, which will allow for individual growth and skill development. This will enable patients to return to community living more successfully.
In addition to the health-care benefits, the project will also provide a boost to the regional economy by supporting and creating jobs. At the peak of construction, it is estimated that approximately 200 workers will be on sites daily. Construction of the new mental health facilities is expected to be completed in December 2014.
Read the official media releases:
- Specialized mental health care London project - April 8, 2011
- Specialized mental health care St. Thomas project - April 1, 2011