Thursday, May 25 was a special day for Providence Care. Staff, physicians, patients and clients, volunteers, and community members were joined by the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins, and MPP Sophie Kiwala to celebrate the official opening of Providence Care Hospital with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Cathy Szabo, President and CEO of Providence Care said that “stigma was reduced the minute we opened these doors.” Providence Care Hospital is one of the first publicly-funded hospital in North America to fully integrate long-term mental health and psychiatry programs with physical rehabilitation, palliative care and complex care.
Minister Hoskins and MPP Kiwala both commented on the amount of thought, compassion and care that went into the design of the building. “I can think of few better examples than this new hospital. This is what patient-centred health care looks like” said Minister Eric Hoskins. MPP Sophie Kiwala said “I am always bragging about my community, but I am bragging about the ingenuity and compassion, the love and the caring, that has taken place and is evident in every single corner of this facility.”
They also highlighted the role that patients, families, and the community played in making Providence Care Hospital a reality. University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) Board Chair Colleen Lawrie said that “together, we have made a great investment for the future of healthcare in our community”.
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