JIM PATTISON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
MENTAL HEALTH INTENSIVE CARE ROOM
TOTAL FUNDS RECEIVED TO DATE
TOTAL FUNDS RECEIVED IN 2022
TOTAL FUNDS RECEIVED IN 2021
TOTAL FUNDS RECEIVED IN 2020
HOSPITAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Intersections of Mental and Physical Health
Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital is working with the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC), Medavie Health Services West and the Government of Saskatchewan to deploy a small fleet of mobile clinics that bring medical care, including mental health care, to the seven First Nations communities that make up the STC. The STC Mobile Health Bus, which includes a dental team, mental health workers and a paramedic, was launched in 2021 and proved to be an effective way of expanding access to care. In 2022, the bus saw 425 mental health patients; almost 90% of these were children and youth. Our partnership, funded in part by Family of Support, made preparations in 2022 to respond to ongoing community need by launching two more mobile mental health vans in the spring of 2023.
Many young people experiencing acute mental health challenges turn to the Emergency Department (ED) at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital for short-stay crisis care. Thanks in part to the Family of Support, the hospital now has two dedicated spaces in its ED for patients in mental health crisis, including the Mental Health Intensive Care Room. Over the past few years, these spaces have undergone upgrades and operational improvements to make them safer and more comfortable for patients and to enable ED staff to provide the best possible care while protecting their own safety and that of other ED patients. If historical trends persist, we expect usage of these facilities to grow at about 5% year over year.