The Saskatchewan Health Authority is pleased to announce the grand opening of the temporary Mental Health Assessment Unit (MHAU) at the Royal University Hospital (RUH) Emergency Department in Saskatoon.
“Thank you to the Dubé family for their generosity, the RUH Foundation, and the SHA for taking on this important project,” said Greg Ottenbreit, Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health. “The Mental Health Assessment Unit will now provide a more suitable space for patient-centered care for people facing mental health issues.”
Renovations began for the MHAU in October to create seven private assessment rooms, a large washroom with a shower, a nurses’ station, and a waiting area for patients and families.
“Our mental health and emergency departments have worked so hard on the operational planning and design for this unit,” said Tracy Muggli, Director of Mental Health and Addictions for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Saskatoon. “We are thrilled to finally see it all come together and to have this unit available for our patients who really need it,” she said.
The Mental Health Assessment Unit will provide people in urgent need of mental health care with a more suitable space for treatment, including individual private rooms, a safe and quiet environment, soft lighting and soothing colours. The goal of the unit is to ensure that the surrounding environment does not further compromise patients’ mental well-being.
“Having this unit available for those suffering from mental health concerns will mean they can be treated in a space that will feel more comforting and safe which will contribute to a better experience overall,” said Allan Zabraczki, patient advisor for the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
The renovations were made possible thanks to a generous $1 million donation from the Dubé family, via the Royal University Hospital Foundation.
“It is with gratitude that we thank Irene and Leslie Dubé for their transformational gift of $1 million that inspired others to donate to build and furnish the new Mental Health Assessment Unit,” said Arla Gustafson, CEO, Royal University Hospital Foundation. “Because they chose to give back to so graciously to their community and province, we are making a world of difference in the lives of so many requiring mental health emergency care at Royal University Hospital.”
The MHAU will be in operation until the new adult emergency department is opened in late 2019, which is set to include private spaces for mental health emergency care, in addition to mental health assessment services.
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