April 26, 2016
Ottawa, ON – Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) staff and supporters gathered in the QCH Mental Health Unit’s Day Treatment Lounge for a special celebration and meet and greet to thank the Garrett Family for the very generous gift of $500,000 to the HOPES RISING campaign for mental health at QCH.
“The Garrett Family exemplifies how philanthropy creates impact and provides hope. We are so grateful for the support they give to our community”, said Melanie Adams, President and CEO of Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation
The Garrett Family’s donation marks the second major gift towards the HOPES RISING Mental Health campaign, and is an uplifting moment for the staff who have been working in the unit over the years, and decades for some. The HOPES RISING campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families. The mental health unit has not had any renovations or enhancements since it opened in 1976.
The Garrett Family, who had supported the Hospital with a transformational gift in 2012 naming the Garrett Family Surgical Centre, had toured the mental health unit previously and understood that this is a much needed focus for funding support.
“The Queensway Carleton Hospital’s mental health staff does a great job, but their facilities just are no longer adequate to the task. Given increasing demand for mental health services in the community and a greater focus within society to improve mental health outcomes, this unit deserves a state of the art facility. We hope to be a part of achieving that goal”, said Carey Garrett.
“On behalf of the staff, I offer our sincerest thank you. Our staff currently deliver excellent mental health care for patients. We can only imagine how a new, therapeutic environment will help our work and, most importantly, our patients,” said Domenic Ielo, Clinical Director Critical Care, Mental Health and Clinical Informatics Queensway Carleton Hospital.
HOPES RISING is a campaign inspired by the hopes of families throughout our community to enhance QCH acute mental health services for adults of all ages in the greater Ottawa region. Through its success, this campaign will help Queensway Carleton Hospital deliver the right mental health care, at the right time, by the right people and in the right setting.
Funds raised will support an extensive renovation of an aging Mental Health Unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital, provide enhanced emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis and, help strengthen connections to community mental health support services.