Bluewater Health Readies Community “Home” for Mental Health Patients

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:49pm

Bluewater Health Readies Community “Home” for Mental Health Patients

Creative Opportunity to Support Mental Health Inpatients Displaced Due to COVID

SARNIA & PETROLIA – April 23, 2020Bluewater Health recently signed a short term lease for a Mental Health Inpatient Post-Acute Care facility on Exmouth Street in Sarnia. This property will be used as an emergency backup to the traditional in-hospital mental health department should overall admissions to the hospital increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opening April 23, patients who are moved to this facility will be in stable condition and almost ready for complete discharge from hospital. The facility will be supervised 24/7 and operate under the same infection prevention and control protocols, and visitor restrictions, as the main hospital. Bluewater Health is working with local healthcare partners to ensure there is continuity of care and support for patients transferred to this site from the hospital, and then when they are discharged home as well.

“The COVID pandemic has not decreased our community’s need for mental health care,” says Paula Reaume-Zimmer, Integrated Vice President, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Bluewater Health and Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton-Kent. “The safety and security of the Sarnia-Lambton community, and Bluewater Health patients and staff is our top priority. As efforts continue to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 and manage capacity in our hospital, this short term facility gives us the necessary flexibility to meet rapidly evolving demands and provide patients with the best treatment options.”

Patients who stay in the home-like environment will continue to be treated and cared for with the same protocols as inpatients in hospital, while recognizing this is a unique setting to provide a more home-like environment that will ultimately lead to a successful transfer out of the hospital.  The facility will be staffed by Bluewater Health staff.

Preparations have been completed with partners who have gone above and beyond to prepare this property in such a short time, specifically Elite Property Group, Tepperman’s and Home Depot, and donated services from Marcotte Disposal, Capes Movers, and Transco.

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Photo cutline (left to right): Craig Capes, Capes Movers, Paula Reaume Zimmer, Bluewater Health,  Jacqueline Smith, Marcotte Disposal, Brandon Vanderwel, Elite Property Group, Laurie Hicks, Bluewater Health, Justin Einwiller, Home Depot.


For more information contact:

Julia Oosterman
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs
Bluewater Health

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