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BACKGROUNDER 2006HEALTH0005-000078 Ministry of Health Feb. 9, 2006 Interior Health Provincial Health Services Authority RIVERVIEW HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT Riverview Hospital (RVH) opened in 1913 as a tertiary psychiatric hospital for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. In 2001, the B.C. government made a commitment to develop new specialized mental health facilities around the province to replace the aging facility at Riverview. Current mental health standards acknowledge that patients are more effectively cared for and supported in smaller facilities with a more home-like environment. Therefore, the model of care is moving away from large institutions like Riverview to smaller facilities located in communities around the province, so patients can access a full range of services closer to home. As part of the Riverview Hospital Redevelopment Project, the health authorities will provide a comprehensive range of mental health services and supports. Once all phases of this project are complete, RVH will close. The project is a collaborative effort involving all six health authorities and the B.C. Ministry of Health. The ministry has provided a total of $138 million in new capital funding to construct new facilities where necessary or to renovate existing facilities where appropriate. By the end of March, a total of 304 new beds will have opened around the province, including: 62 in the north; 64 on Vancouver Island; 139 in the Interior; and 39 in Fraser Health. New facilities built under the Riverview Hospital Redevelopment Project include: • Seven Oaks – a $10-million, 38-bed facility in Saanich that opened in October 2002 (24 beds were transferred from Riverview Hospital). • Iris House – a $1.3-million,10-bed facility in Prince George that opened in April 2002 and underwent a $1-million expansion in April 2003, to increase total bed capacity to 20. • South Hills – a $4.2-million, 40-bed facility in Kamloops that opened in April 2003. • Seven Sisters – a $2.5-million, 20-bed facility in Terrace that opened in February 2005. • Hillside Centre – a $17-million, 44-bed tertiary care facility on the grounds of Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops that opens today. • Cottonwood Lodge – a $4.8-million, 24-bed facility in Coquitlam that is currently under construction, and is expected to open in autumn 2006. -more- -2- Unlike the dorm-style accommodation at Riverview Hospital, all of the new facilities provide patients with private rooms, and a lifestyle that supports the patients, who are able to participate in cooking, cleaning and other activities. The new facilities provide supports for those with more complex care needs, while also providing these individuals with a more home-like environment. With stronger links to the communities in which they are located, these new facilities are more conducive to patient goals of independence and community reintegration. For more information on the Riverview Hospital Redevelopment Project, visit www.bcmhas.ca. -30- Media Marisa Adair Ryan Kuhn contact: Communications Director Communications Officer Ministry of Health Interior Health 250 952-1889 250 574-1523 (cell) 250 920-8500 (cell) Ryan.Kuhn@interiorhealth.ca Marisa.Adair@gov.bc.ca For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using RSS, visit the Province’s website at www.gov.bc.ca.
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