Partnering to Strengthen Capacity for Mental Health Initiatives

January 27, 2015

(Whitby, ON) January 27, 2015 – Individuals living with a mental illness in the region will see a seamless transition in the care they receive with a new collaboration between Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), to share mental health expertise.

“We are thrilled to welcome Scott Pepin to PRHC as the new Integrated Regional Director, Mental Health, as we embark on this collaboration of services with Ontario Shores,” says Brenda Weir, Vice President, Medicine, Mental Health Services and Regional Programs with PRHC. “Scott’s expertise in mental health services will be a valuable asset to our community and the region as we continue to work toward facilitating transitions of care for our patients, improving their ability to access to the right care at the right time in the right location.”

“By leveraging the mental health expertise that is available, we can create and implement a unified vision for this region, resulting in seamless care for patients and the removal of silos in treatment plans,” says Scott Pepin, Integrated Regional Director, who will oversee the collaboration.

The partnership is also expected to enhance the existing work being completed with other partners, build capacity and broaden reach. “This sharing of resources will also mean that people will have access to the kind of care they need, when they need it. It is shared leadership and will result in greater collaboration on general and specific mental health issues and allow us to maximize resources across the region,” adds Pepin.

“We are proud to be a part of the community, working closely with organizations to provide the kind of care that is needed for individuals living with a mental illness and their loved ones,” says Karim Mamdani, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ontario Shores.

This partnership will certainly impact the overall care offered to those impacted by mental illness and provide early intervention strategies which can lead to greater outcomes.

In addition to his roles with Ontario Shores and PRHC, Pepin will continue his leadership work with the mental health programs at Northumberland Hills Hospital and Campbellford Memorial Hospital.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessments and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

About Peterborough Regional Health Centre:
Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) is a state-of-the-art regional hospital with a proud local history extending back over a century. With an annual operating budget of $250 million, PRHC has a capacity of 494 beds, one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Ontario, and offers an extensive range of patient services. The Health Centre serves Peterborough City and County as well as a referral population of 600,000 people in four counties.

For more information, please contact:
Andrea Marshall
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 6581
Cell: 905-439-0224

Michelene Ough
Communications Advisor
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
One Hospital Drive
Peterborough, ON  K9J 7C6
(705) 743-2121 ext. 4259