Hamilton mobile health clinic will stay open after receiving $100,000 in donations


Published May 2, 2023 at 12:15 pm

A mobile health clinic from St. Joe’s Hospital in Hamilton will be able to keep providing mental health services after receiving $100,000 in donated funds.

In a recent statement, the hospital said it will be able to keep its mobile clinic running thanks to a $75,000 donation from Brantford-based manufacturer SC Johnson and $25,000 from local hydro company Alectra.

The mobile mental health clinic got its start during the pandemic to reduce foot traffic while serving clients at the hospital’s Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic, Transitional Outpatient Program of Schizophrenia Service, Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic.

Since then, it’s relied on donations to keep running as it’s not funded by the province.

“Over time, the clinical team realized that bringing mental health care to the doorsteps of clients helps them to maintain their treatment schedule,” said the hospital.

“The mobile clinic has also helped break down common barriers to care by serving patients in remote areas, reducing the need for transit to and from appointments, and offering a number of services together under one roof to address varying health concerns that can often be associated with mental illness.”

Since its launch, the hospital says it mobile mental health clinic has supported about 225 patients living in Hamilton and surrounding areas, including in Niagara, Halton, and Brantford, with nearly 1,200 mobile visits annually.

“We couldn’t be more grateful to both SC Johnson and Alectra Inc. for helping us keep the mobile mental health clinic on the road, and for strengthening St. Joe’s ability to serve some of the Hospital’s most vulnerable patients,” says Sera Filice-Armenio, President and CEO at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.

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