ENHANCED SERVICES – Pembroke Regional Hospital president and CEO Lloyd Koch (left), Catherine Parcher, acute mental health director (centre), and Dr. Michael Ferri, chief of psychiatry, discuss the enhanced services available in the new acute mental health unit at the hospital during a tour on Monday. The new acute mental health unit opens this Wednesday.
Photo: Observer photo by Anthony Dixon
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
On Wednesday, a new day will dawn for acute mental health patients in the region.
The next part of the Pembroke Regional Hospital’s (PRH) capital project, a 19-bed acute mental health wing, will open and begin offering enhanced services.
Catherine Parcher, acute mental health director at the PRH, listed several new improvements to the unit which include an observation room for acutely ill patients on a one-to-one basis, an activities of daily living room with full kitchen and washing facilities, a second group therapy room with Telehealth capabilities, three private patient rooms, occupational and recreology services and soon a private outdoor terrace.
Hospital president and CEO Lloyd Koch said the restructuring commission had stated that the former acute mental health area at the hospital should have more beds and be upgraded to today’s standards.
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