Congratulations to the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Foundation on their successful fundraising event held at Saunders Farm Thursday evening in support of their Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health. The event raised $520,000 that will go toward the building of a new mental health unit at the hospital.
Queensway Carleton Hospital has been providing inpatient, outpatient and emergency mental health services through its Mental Health Program since 1976. The current mental health program at the QCH is the sole provider of emergency and acute mental health services in West Ottawa serving a population of over 400,000. Over 90% of our admissions come through QCH emergency department. The present facility offers a 24-bed inpatient unit as well as day treatment programs, assessments, emergency consultations, inpatient liaison and mental health outreach clinics in the Ottawa Valley.
Due to an unrelenting increase in the number of adults of all ages requiring acute mental health care services, our Mental Health Program urgently needs to transform its space and the care it delivers to meet the needs of the communities it serves.
Last year alone the mental health unit served 673 separate inpatients with a total of 8,000 patient days and saw 19,000 outpatient visits.
Thank you to the organizers and all of the volunteers who made last evening’s event such a wonderful success. And thank you to everyone who has donated to this cause. If you would like to contribute to the Hopes Rising Campaign please click on the following link.
On September 27, 2017 myself along with nine of my City Councillor colleagues announced that we had come together and pledged to raise $500,000 in support of the Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health at QCH by hosting various fundraisers in their communities throughout the year.