Sandy McIntyre remembers the time he spent at St. Joseph’s Health Centre when he was growing up. “I was here a lot with my dad, right by his side, and I learned so much during that time,” says Sandy.
His father was Dr. Alexander McIntyre, the Chief of General Surgery at St. Joe’s. Dr. McIntyre was instrumental in making St. Joe’s an academic institution affiliated with the University of Toronto and helping bring the first surgical residents to our Health Centre.
“I saw how important it was for physicians like my father to have the right space to work to help him better care for his patients. This is why I chose to give back – to honour my father at a place that played such an important role in my life, and to help build a better space to care for patients with mental illness. I know there is a great need for more mental health services in our west community.”
Sandy’s transformative gift will name the Dr. J. Alexander McIntyre Adult Mental Health Emergency Services in our redeveloped unit. This is the first point for adults, youth and children in crisis due to mental illness.
“I’m happy my wife Jane and I are able to make this donation to support this critical resource for our community,” says Sandy. “St. Joe’s means a lot to me and I strongly believe helping those who helped you is the most valuable gift you can give.”
Building a betterMental Health Emergency Services Unit
People with mental illness can be suffering in silence – afraid to reach out even when in crisis. St. Joe’s is transforming our Mental Health Emergency Services Unit that sees 7,500 adults, youth and children each year.
“The Mental Health Emergency Services Unit will be divided into two areas – one for children and youth, and one for adults so everyone can receive private specialized care,” says Dr. Jose Silveira, Chief of Psychiatry. “The redesigned unit will feel more welcoming, comfortable and safe, but most importantly, it will have 70% more private space so our patients can openly discuss the issues that brought them to Emergency in the first place.”
If you’d like to support mental health care at St. Joe’s, please donate now or call 416-530-6704 to help fund the Mental Health Emergency Services Unit.