Above photo: From Left to Right: Colleen Borralho, Britton Low, Monica McAlduff, Janice Fyfe and Laura Case
On August 21 last year, the Segal Centre officially opened its doors to clients and staff, making a profound impact on the delivery of mental health care in Vancouver.
How fitting that almost a year to the day, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Vancouver and Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) & the University of British Columbia (UBC) Hospital Foundation would host an open house on Monday, August 20 to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Psychiatric Assessment Unit at Segal (in addition to marking the launch of the Psychiatric Emergency Assessment and Triage [PEAT] program at VGH).
The event was a way to thank some of the major donors who, through VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, made the renovations possible by funding a significant portion of the project. All in all, the Foundation raised $860,000 to help create a more welcoming space for those entering the mental health system through the PAU.
“It was wonderful to celebrate the opening of the new PAU and PEAT spaces with donors, families, staff and the Foundation," said Monica McAlduff, Director, Mental Health & Substance Use, VCH Vancouver. "The new PAU and PEAT spaces demonstrate the benefit of providing resources and attention to an area that was in need of improvement."
McAlduff adds, "For this project to be a success, we wanted to create a space that centres on the client's needs in addition to having a working environment for our staff to provide the best possible care. As a team, we feel the new spaces exceed these goals and are excited to move in today [August 23]! "