Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation Donor Report 2018 JBHF Donor Report 2018 - Page 9

a day when the machine requires unplanned service, adding to the already overwhelming anxiety on patients and their families. “These two new machines will enable state-of- the-art MRI imaging and with the 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla units side-by-side the flexibility to provide patients with the optimal imaging strategy for a wide spectrum of conditions,” said Dr. John Rawlinson, a Radiologist in JBH’s Diagnostic Imaging Department. “With two state-of-the-art MRI units and a common control room, we will be able to achieve huge efficiencies in scheduling and increase flexibility for urgent scans ensuring timely diagnosis and treatment plans. Our community deserves nothing less.” The Foundation has committed to raising $5 Million to support the purchase of the two new MRI machines to complete the work that has already occurred. The redevelopment and expansion project at Joseph Brant Hospital saw a significant expansion in the Diagnostic Imaging Unit, seeing the area grow by more than 2.5 times its original size. The modernized unit will serve a wider spectrum of patient needs and the updated technology will increase capacity and patient flow. Innovative approaches to Mental Health Care An estimated 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness throughout their lifetime and the demand for services is having a huge impact on hospitals. At Joseph Brant Hospital, the inpatient mental health unit has been operating as high as 180% occupancy rate for the past five years. Joseph Brant Hospital is taking an active and leadership role in developing innovative approaches to mental health care. Dr. Steven Selchen, Chief of Psychiatry and the Mental Health Team at JBH have brought together a number of community partners, including Halton ADAPT, CMHA Halton Region, and the Reach Our Centre for Kids (ROCK) to establish the Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Transition (PHAST) program. This new program is the first of its kind in Ontario and provides rapid access to those in crisis, and active warm transfer to the most appropriate service provider in the region. This program will serve as an alternative to acute inpatient admission and/or visits to the Emergency Department. The PHAST program is just the first step in a long-term plan at JBH to continue to transform mental health care. The Foundation has recently launched a Young Professionals Network (YPN) to engage the next generation of philanthropists in support of local healthcare. The YPN have selected mental health as their priority, with a goal of raising $170,000 over the next three years to support mental health services at JBH, including a refresh of the current inpatient unit to provide a healing environment, updated facilities and a better inpatient experience. Donor Report 2017-2018 9