A day of festivities with the goal of raising money for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and the Regional Children’s Centre. Fury Training Grounds will host a 5k fundraiser through Kranicz Fruit Orchards and Windmill Ridge Acres, a family-run business, on Saturday, September 23, 2023. This will be an event for everyone – regardless if you are a runner or not. On top of a 5k through a beautiful fruit orchard, this will be a day full of activities, such as:
· Cocktail Bar
· Fresh produce and goods from local business Kranicz Fruit Orchards and Windmill Ridge Acres
· Face Painting and Bouncy Castles
Included in your registration kit is a T-shirt, beer glass, and a specially-made beer, made in house by Windmill Ridge Acres. Register soon, as registration packages are only guaranteed for pre-registered participants.
NOTE: This run is for all ages, however, since the running path is through an orchard some ground can be uneven and not ideal for stroller running. Anyone under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian sign the waiver ahead of time, and bring it with them if their guardian will not be in attendance.
Join HDGH for a twist on a classic! Many guests have attended our Big Night Gala. On November 10, 2023, join us for The Big Party, a casual affair including delicious appetizer stations, live music, steak and lobster dinner, silent auction and so more. Dress is business casual and tickets are $175 each. Host your company party at this event and support mental health and addiction programs and services at HDGH. Please contact Madeline Silviera at 519-257-5111, ext. 74121 for more information.
Brain Injury Association of Windsor & Essex County: Annual ABI Conference – on Acquired Brain Injury and Mental Health in Adults
Sign up for our Annual ABI Conference. We have an impressive line-up of speakers – all renowned experts in ABI. Take away practical information you can use in your practice. It’s easy to sign up. Go to our website at www.biawe.com or go to this link: https://stayconnected.canadianconcreteexpo.com/view/571498351/ . All the information you need about this conference is here.
The Conference Committee 2023
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is proud to share that effective Monday, July 31, 2023, Walk-In Hours at our Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre will be expanded to allow for improved accessibility to crisis mental health and addictions care for some of our community’s most vulnerable clients. The Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre, located at 744 Ouellette Ave. will now be open for walk-in appointments with a specialized Crisis Worker from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Walk-Ins will continue to be accepted on weekends from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Community Crisis Centre of Windsor-Essex County works in partnership with community social agencies to provide crisis response services to individuals 16 years of age and older who are experiencing an acute mental illness and/or psychosocial crisis.
In addition to these expanded hours, HDGH continues to offer 24-hour Crisis Telephone Services which can be reached by calling 519-973-4435. Through these extended hours and 24/7 Crisis Line, HDGH will help even more individuals in our community facing mental health and addictions concerns. This care will be provided at the most appropriate time and in the most appropriate environment to meet the needs of our clients.
To learn more about Crisis Services at HDGH, please visit HDGH – Crisis & Mental Wellness Centre.
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Intervention, & Assisting Individuals in Crisis
October 17th through to the 19th, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is hosting a session on Critical Incident Stress Management – Group Crisis Intervention, & Assisting Individuals in Crisis. This session will be facilitated by Brian Bennett ICISF Approved Instructor, CISM team member, & Pan Am/Commonwealth Games Medical Manager.
This course lays the foundation for helping those affected by a critical incident. We provide you with the knowledge, training, tools, and practice, to help those that help others. To provide psychological or emotional first aid for those that may have Physical, Emotional, Cognitive, or Behavioral signs and symptoms. Some of the goals of CISM include: Mitigate stress, facilitate psychological normalization & lower tension, accelerate the recovery process, provide information and set reactions, educate on stress management and coping skills, reduce the sense of chaos, psychological triage and referral if needed. This course is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge of Individual (one-on-one) or Group crisis intervention techniques in the fields of business & industry, crisis intervention, disaster response, education, emergency services, employee assistance, healthcare, homeland security, mental health, military, spiritual care, and traumatic stress.
Please note there are 32 available spots and they will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please send payment and registration form to: Brian Bennett 45 Slalom Gate Rd, Collingwood Ont, L9Y 5A9, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Make cheques payable to: Brian Bennett. Or E-transfer to email@example.com.
Cost: $550 per person plus HST=$621.50 (Before October 1st). $600 plus HST = $678 after October 1st, 2023. No refunds less than 1 week notice before course, Substitutes are welcome until first day of course.
Course includes 2 certificates from the ICISF “International Critical Incident Stress Foundation”, Group Crisis Intervention textbook, Assisting Individuals in Crisis textbook, course material, light refreshments, & snacks.
Please note that full attendance is mandatory to receive both certificates.
To learn more, please check out the brochure attached.
WINDSOR, ON – Today, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH), Windsor’s West End Specialty Hospital, achieved a major milestone with the submission of its Stage 1.3 (Functional Program) plan for the Mental Health Bed Expansion Project to the Ministry of Health.
Work completed over the last 18 months has results in a submission that includes block diagrams of the building and physical space need to support the programs and services related to this expansion.
Through the process, there was robust internal and external stakeholder involvement involving HDGH program staff, physicians, family representatives, senior leadership, Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Windsor Police Services, Community crisis services, Patient and Family Advisory Committee members, and Dr. Scott Zeller, MD, leading expert in EmPATH model. In total, 8 Project Steering committee meetings were held and almost 40 functional planning and design user group meetings were held. In addition to this, in-depth data/workload analysis and volume projections were completed, a review of local and international leading and emerging practices and leveraging of knowledge and experience of international mental health experts.
Highlights from the submission include:
- 68 Acute Mental health Bed Expansion
- Urgent Psychiatric Crisis Service (UPCS)- Tayfour Tower
- Will provide: Urgent/emergent service and Crisis service
- Relocation and renovation of Inpatient Rehabilitative Care – relocation and renovation
- Diagnostic Imaging – adding ultrasound and CT Services – new expanded space
- Vising Renal Service
“This is an exciting day for Windsor-Essex. The submission of the Stage 1.3 document to the Ministry of Health means that Windsor-Essex is one step closer to a consolidated single point of entry for those experiencing Mental Health and Addictions issues.” explains Bill Marra, President and CEO. “We know there is a need for seamless, timely access to support those struggling with Mental Health and Addictions issues in our community. This plan will provide a continuum of care for these patients and clients. No longer will they need to tell their story multiple times. Included in this plan is a recovery-oriented therapeutic space that responds to the mental health and addictions needs of our community.”
The inpatient mental health bed expansion will allow HDGH to continue the progress already made in creating a highly effective and efficient mental health and addictions system for our community and offer all hospital-based mental health services at one location improving access and patient care. HDGH serves as the regional provider of tertiary mental health care, a range of community based mental health programs inclusive of the downtown Windsor Crisis and Mental Wellness centre which houses the urgent assessment centre for mental health and addiction and is the lead agency for child and youth mental health for the region.
HDGH looks forward to working with The Ministry of Health Capital Branch as they review the submission and ensures this aligns with all standards and the needs of residents of Windsor-Essex in the future.
Nicole Crozier, Director of Communications and Mission
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
About Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is commied to improving the health and wellbeing of the WindsorEssex community through the delivery of person-centred, value-based care. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is aspecialized hospital offering services in Mental Health and Addicons; Rehabilitave Care; Complex Medical and Palliave Care; and Children and Youth Mental Health. We offer a unique blend of services including but not limited to community and home-based services. In collaboraon with our healthcare and inter-sectorial partners, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare provides care in new ways and in new locaons throughout the region to address barriers, improve access and paent outcomes and improve the overall paent experience.
Windsor-Essex healthcare and academic institutions are marking three years since they joined together using a one-of-a-kind model designed to elevate health research excellence – an innovative model that has proven to deliver exceptional results.
WE-SPARK Health Institute is an official partnership of Erie Shores HealthCare, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, the University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital, governed by a Board of Trustees made up of the CEOs of the respective organizations. Its six committees include representatives from across all partner organizations who inform, direct and implement the institute’s strategic priorities of Organizational Effectiveness, Research Excellence, Community Engagement, Knowledge Translation, and Building Capacity.
The seeds of the institute began approximately 13 years ago as a grassroots effort between health researchers and healthcare professionals across the Windsor-Essex region, and after years of planning and consultations, officially launched on March 9th, 2020 during a celebration and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the Windsor Club.
In the span of the three years since its launch, WE-SPARK can boast a number of accomplishments. Local health researchers have attracted almost $30M in external funding to the region, included local patients in clinical trials, engaged in almost 700 collaborations, and provided training opportunities for over 1,000 St. Clair College and University of Windsor students on research projects. Through the WE-SPARK grants program, 52 local grants have been awarded totaling almost $1M. The institute holds regular think tanks, conferences and town halls, and publishes newsletters and quarterly and annual impact reports for its many stakeholders and the Windsor-Essex community.
Dr. Lisa Porter, a cancer researcher and distinguished professor at the University of Windsor is WE-SPARK’s executive director, and the visionary behind the institute. The very busy day-to-day operations are run by assistant director Karen Metcalfe, along with a lean but mighty staff.
“Health research has far-reaching benefits,” says Dr. Porter. “It creates an academic culture that attracts and retains the best and brightest in healthcare, keeps our professionals current, supports the best learning experience for students, empowers and educates the community, delivers new therapies, brings in new infrastructure, provides answers to healthcare problems unique to our region, and aids in rapid adoption of the best prevention and care practices. And, data shows that patients treated in institutions that conduct medical research live longer. This is not an advantage that can be reserved for those living only in larger cities: we need and deserve that here in Windsor-Essex.”
On April 20th, WE-SPARK will be hosting its Cheers to Hope event to raise funds for local health research. “We believe that together we can transform health and care of people here in our region” concludes Porter. For more information, please visit: www.cheerstohope.ca.
WINDSOR, ON– In June of 2022, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) shared news of new investments for Addictions Services for our community.
One of these investments is funded by the province through the Addictions Recovery Fund to support the new Intensive Bed-Based Addiction Services initiative in HDGH’s Withdrawal Management Services (WMS) program. The one-time funding will support the initiative in 2022/23 and 2023/24 fiscal years.
This Intensive Bed-Based Addiction Services initiative will see the opening of two designated intensive beds in our already established residential WMS program and will help individuals 16 years or older seeking support to withdraw from substance dependency, including alcohol.
WMS is an essential part of the addiction care pathway and is a natural access point for those seeking treatment where individuals are linked with other longer-term forms of treatment and support services. There are circumstances where an individual can be supported to withdrawal in the community, and other scenarios where it would be best to withdrawal in a 24/7 supervised setting, with or without intensive monitoring.
The symptoms associated with substance withdrawal can be severe, and timely access to specialized care and medications can help address these symptoms, avoid Emergency Room visits, and largely influence an individual’s overall efficacy with addiction treatment and recovery goals.
Referrals are now being accepted into the Intensive Bed-Based Addictions Services program. Referrals into HDGH’s WMS are accepted through self-referral, through community partner organizations or from the Emergency Department by calling WMS Centre at 519-257-5225 for bed availability and admission eligibility. The WMS team will determine which service – Intensive Bed-Based Addiction Services, supervised Withdrawal Bed, or Community outreach WMS – is the most appropriate in collaboration with the client and partner agency, if applicable.
It is through these new initiatives of providing the right care, in the right ways, to the clients who need it most that HDGH continues to work with community partners to strengthen the depth and breadth of local services as a Centre of Excellence for Mental Health and Addiction.
To learn more about HDGH’s WMS program, please visit our website.