First of its Kind, Private Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Centre in Western Canada Opens on Vancouver Island

First private stand-alone inpatient mental health services in Western Canada

Victoria, BC – June 18, 2019 – Today marks the grand opening of Homewood Ravensview, the first and only private facility in Western Canada offering evidence-based, medically-led, inpatient, mental health, trauma and addiction services. With over 135 years of experience as Canada’s leader in the delivery of national mental health and addiction services, Homewood Health’s new facility located in North Saanich, just outside Victoria, BC, offers 75 beds and employs a world-class team of 50 professionals, including four on-site physicians and psychiatrists as well as 24-hour nursing. With its specialized programs for first responders, military, veterans, executives & professionals, adults, and young adults, Ravensview addresses an ever-growing need for services.

“Ravensview’s best-in-class treatment is delivered by a team of world class health care professionals and is steeped in Homewood’s 136 year history in delivering mental health and addiction services to Canadians,” says Jagoda Pike, Homewood Health’s President and CEO. “We’ve built programs that support people who are deeply impacted by mental illness and addiction in achieving their goals, whether it’s returning to work, to function, or to productive and happy lives.” Pike goes on to say, “in addition to working directly with individual patients, Homewood has worked for decades with Canadian employers and insurers to help them access good quality treatment resources to support a timely return to work for their employees and claimants.”

Each year, over 400,000 Canadians are off work due to mental illness. These cases are often more complex and typically have durations that are longer than physical health-related claims, resulting in significant human and economic costs impacting all Canadians. These cases carry the additional impact of adding weight to an already over-burdened public health system.  Canadian employees suffering from mental health, trauma, addiction and concurrent disorders remain off work for extended periods of time, waiting for access to assessment and treatment, with their conditions often worsening over time.

“Delivering innovative, evidence-based treatment, our programs are truly unique in Canada,” says Robert De Clark, General Manager at Homewood Ravensview. “Our Guardians program for first responders, members of the military and Veterans is designed specifically for the challenges these real life heroes face. We have our Cornerstone program for adults and the My Path program for young adults wrestling with mental health or addiction problems.  We’re also proud to launch the Vanguard program, the first of its kind in Canada, that meets the specific treatment needs of executives and professionals.”

In developing Ravensview programs, Homewood Health sought the input of researchers, clinicians, employers and insurers. “The diversity and quality of the treatment we provide will help a large number of clients get well and move forward with their lives,” says De Clark. “By providing Canada’s employers and insurers with additional, innovative options for care, we multiply the impact of treatment, benefiting not just the employee and their family, but the organization and ultimately the country as a whole.”

Ravensview is also Western Canada’s leading facility in the treatment of concurrent mental health and addiction disorders. “Those with substance use problems are up to three times more likely to have a mental illness,” says Dr. Michael Berry, Ravensview’s Clinical Director. “These concurrent conditions are complex and require experienced, medically-led treatment.  No other facility in Western Canada is equipped with the staffing complement and clinical expertise to treat a primary diagnosis of mental health with a secondary diagnosis of addiction.”

For all Ravensview programs, the full treatment plan includes psychiatric care, medical care, counselling and integrated therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and cognitive processing therapy as well as music, horticultural and art therapy. The average length of inpatient treatment is typically 6 to 9 weeks, and one year of recovery management care at Homewood outpatient clinics across the country is included for all clients.

Ravensview accepts referrals from employers, insurers, medical and healthcare professionals, but a referral is not necessary for treatment and clients are typically able to start treatment within 24 hours of their first call.

Homewood Ravensview’s grand opening ceremony is taking place on June 18 at 1 p.m. The event will be attended by, and will feature remarks from: the Right Honourable David Johnston; the Honourable Bob Rae; Pauquachin Chief Rebecca David; Shelagh Rogers, Chancellor-University of Victoria; the Honourable Adam Olsen; and Jagoda Pike, President and CEO of Homewood Health.  All media welcome. Ravensview is a 30 minute drive from downtown Victoria located at 1515 McTavish Rd North Saanich, BC V8L 5T3.

                                                                                                                             

About Homewood Health

Homewood Health is Canada’s leader in the delivery of national mental health and addiction services. With more than 135 years of experience, Homewood achieves outstanding outcomes through its national network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts. Homewood’s complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, all customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations.

Media Contact:

Nichole Desrosiers
Vice President, Marketing
ndesrosiers@homewoodhealth.com
403.617.6193

An Evening with Homewood Ravensview - May 1st, 2019

Homewood Ravensview is the most comprehensive private mental health, trauma and addiction treatment centre in Western Canada and will be opening its doors on May 22nd here on Vancouver Island.

Please join us on the evening of May 1st to meet a few of the experts from Ravensview for an informal discussion on topics affecting many of us here on the island – mental illness, trauma and addiction.

At Homewood Health we have over a century of experience helping Canadians and their families through very dark times and as the Canadian leader in mental health and addiction treatment, we want to share our philosophy and care approach with you, our community, and answer any questions you might have.

 

Homewood Ravensview Speakers:

  • Dr. Michael Berry, R. Psych – Clinical Director
  • Dr. Lyn MacBeath, MD – Medical Director
  • Rob De Clark, MSW – General Manager

 Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Mary Winspear Centre
  • 2243 Beacon Ave West, Sidney
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Light refreshments will be provided

Homewood Ravensview, a Landmark Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Centre on Saanich Peninsula, Announces Opening Date of May 22

VICTORIAMarch 14, 2019 – Homewood Ravensview, part of Homewood Health, will begin providing inpatient treatment for mental health, addiction and concurrent conditions on May 22, 2019.

“When we open the doors in May,” said Homewood Health president and CEO Jagoda Pike, “Homewood Ravensview will immediately become the most comprehensive private mental health and addiction treatment centre in Western Canada. We’ve recruited an experienced and highly credentialed team to oversee treatment programs based on 135-years of Homewood excellence combined with the latest in evidence-based innovation.”

Dr. Lyn MacBeath, the founding medical director at Homewood Ravensview, said, “Our programs are truly unique in Canada. Our Guardians program for first responders and members of the military – both active duty and veterans – is designed specifically for the challenges these real-life heroes face. Then we have our Cornerstone program for adults and the My Path program for young adults, each delivering evidence-based treatment with the latest innovations in care. We’re also proud to launch the Vanguard program to meet the specific needs of executives and professionals.”

“The diversity and quality of the treatment we provide means everything to us,” Pike added, “and we also know that the work we’ll do at Ravensview to help people living with addiction and mental health conditions connects to so many other important issues.” She expressed particular pride for the strong partnership Homewood Health has with the Pauquachin First Nation.

Ravensview will also have a positive impact on the local economy, bringing 80 high-quality full-time jobs to the region while relieving pressure on the provincial healthcare system as it deals with, for example, the opioid crisis and growing recognition of post-traumatic stress.

The comfortable accommodations at Ravensview, along with the beauty of the forested 28-acre site with mountain and ocean views set the Ravensview experience apart as well. Before Ravensview accepts its first clients on May 22, Homewood Health is offering bridge counselling to assist people who are waiting for the programs at Homewood Ravensview to begin.

Ravensview accepts referrals from medical or healthcare professionals, but a referral is not necessary for treatment. Anyone interested in learning more about Ravensview programs or self-admission should visit ravensview.com/contact or call 1.866.203.1793.

A formal opening ceremony for Homewood Ravensview will take place in June.

About Homewood Health
Homewood Health is the Canadian leader in mental health and addiction services. With more than 135 years of experience, Homewood achieves outstanding outcomes through its national network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts. Homewood’s complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, all customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations. Homewood Health is redefining mental health and addiction services to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.

About Homewood Ravensview
Homewood Ravensview, part of Homewood Health, offers treatment for mental health, addiction and concurrent conditions. The centre is located on 28-acres of forested hillside on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula and focuses on creating individualized client experiences. Homewood Ravensview features forest and ocean views from private and semi-private bedrooms, suites and welcoming common areas. Homewood Ravensview is scheduled to open May 22, 2019 with 75 beds and will employ more than 80 full-time staff.

For further information: Media Contact: Nichole Desrosiers, VP of Marketing and Communications, ndesrosiers@homewoodhealth.com, 403.617.6193

General Manager Robert De Clark Announces Four New Appointments at Homewood Ravensview

Leading interdisciplinary experts join Homewood’s groundbreaking new mental health and addiction treatment centre in BC in advance of its opening in Spring 2019

VICTORIA, British Columbia: January 22, 2019 — Homewood Health, Canada’s leader in mental health, trauma and addiction treatment, welcomes on board four highly-skilled and accomplished experts to Ravensview, its newest treatment centre located in North Saanich, British Columbia.

Robert De Clark, General Manager of Homewood Ravensview, is proud of the talented team coming together to lead the development and delivery of the facility’s innovative programs.

“We are committed to supporting our clients in achieving positive outcomes, and providing medically-led, evidence-based care,” says De Clark.  “Homewood Ravensview is committed to continuous, positive collaboration with the community and we’re thankful to all the Islanders who have welcomed our presence.”

Joining Robert De Clark and Dr. Lyn Macbeath, (previously announced as Ravensview’s medical director) are the following new medical and clinical leaders at Homewood Ravensview.

In the role of Clinical Director, De Clark welcomes Dr. Michael Berry R.PSYCH. Dr. Berry is a clinical psychologist with expertise in a variety of evidence-based assessments and treatments used to address mood/anxiety disorders, addictive behaviours, personality disorders and family issues. The clinical approach Dr. Berry uses is humanistic and integrative, taking a highly compassionate, down-to-earth approach, using humour, warmth, and evidence-based practices to help people.

Appointed to the role of lead psychiatrist is Dr. Kiri Simms BSCN, MD, FRCP(C). Dr. Simms is a renowned psychiatrist in BC and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and an expert in emergency and crisis intervention, addiction treatment, medical psychiatry and the treatment of anxiety disorders. Her previous professional postings include clinical positions at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health). As a long standing and respected member of the Victoria medical community, Dr. Simms brings her extensive local experience and knowledge to Ravensview.

Dr. Paul Beckett MD, CCFP, DABAM, FASAM, CSAM joins Ravensview in the role of Addiction Physician. A specialist in addiction and family practice, Dr. Beckett worked for a decade as an ER physician and also directed medical care at many addiction centres (Maple Ridge Treatment Centre, Creekside Withdrawal Management and Hannah House). For over eleven years, Dr. Berry also provided physician services to multiple BC Correction Centres.

Alexis Winter RPN, BA has been appointed as Ravensview’s Director of Nursing. Ms. Winter is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and a Master’s Degree Candidate in Psychiatric Nursing who has extensive experience working with interdisciplinary health care teams in hospital, tertiary care and community outreach settings. Ms. Winter has also served as a director and the vice-chair of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia.

Homewood Health President and CEO, Jagoda Pike is equally enthusiastic about the Ravensview team.  “Our new medical and clinical leaders reflect Homewood’s core values, and we are honoured to welcome them to Ravensview,” said Ms. Pike.  “Their leadership and contribution to innovative program development will ensure life-changing treatment experiences for our many clients seeking a return to good health.”

For more information about the team, please click here.

About Homewood Health

Homewood Health is Canada’s leader in mental health and addiction services. With more than 135 years of experience, Homewood achieves outstanding outcomes through its national network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts. Homewood’s complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, all customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations. Homewood Health is redefining mental health and addiction services to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.

About Homewood Ravensview

Homewood Ravensview, part of Homewood Health, offers treatment for mental health, addiction and concurrent conditions. The Centre is located on 28 acres of forested hillside on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula and focuses on creating individualized client experiences. Homewood Ravensview features forest and ocean views from private and semi-private bedrooms, suites and welcoming common areas.  Homewood Ravensview is scheduled to open in spring of 2019 with 75 beds and will employ more than 80 full-time staff. 

Media Contact:

Nichole Desrosiers
VP of Marketing and Communications
ndesrosiers@homewoodhealth.com
403.617.6193 

Dr. Lyn MacBeath Joins Homewood Ravensview as Medical Director


VICTORIA, British Columbia: October 25, 2018 —Dr. Lyn MacBeath joined Homewood Ravensview as its founding medical director on October 1, 2018. In addition to her leadership responsibilities as director, she will also maintain an active clinical practice at Ravensview in her areas of specialty: addiction medicine, adult psychiatry, concurrent disorders and trauma.

“This is a once-in-a-career opportunity,” said MacBeath, “to be able to build a program from the ground up and to do it at a spectacular venue like Ravensview and in a community that means so much to me and my family.”

Dr. MacBeath joins Homewood from Cedars at Cobble Hill Treatment Centre where she served as medical director. She has also been a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, a position she maintains with her move to Homewood. Dr. MacBeath previously worked in clinical capacities at institutions including Mental Health & Substance Use Services (Interior Health, BC), Burnaby Mental Health Centre, Greater Victoria Hospital and McMaster University. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (Psychiatry) and is certified by the Canadian, American and International Societies of Addiction Medicine. She is respected in her field for raising awareness of trauma-informed practices and for ensuring that services are responsive to cultural diversity.

“It will take great people with deep expertise to deliver the world-class treatment programs at Ravensview,” said Homewood Health President and CEO Jagoda Pike. “We are pleased to be able to attract professionals of Dr. MacBeath’s calibre and with Lyn leading the team, we’re going to help a lot of people.”

“Helping people get better is my passion,” said MacBeath. “I have seen family members – loved ones – struggle with addiction and post-traumatic stress, so I know first-hand what’s at stake. I know every person who turns to Homewood Ravensview is going to benefit from the commitment our team brings to our clients and to the care we provide.”

About Homewood Health

Homewood Health is the Canadian leader in mental health and addiction services. With more than 135 years of experience, Homewood achieves outstanding outcomes through its national network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts. Homewood’s complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, all customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations. Homewood Health is redefining mental health and addiction services to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.

About Homewood Ravensview

Homewood Ravensview, part of Homewood Health, offers treatment for mental health, addiction and concurrent conditions. The centre is located on 28 acres of forested hillside on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula and focuses on creating individualized client experiences. Homewood Ravensview features ocean views from private and semi-private bedrooms, exclusive suites and welcoming common areas. Homewood Ravensview is scheduled to open in early 2019 with 75 beds and will employ more than 80 full-time staff.

Media Contact:

Nichole Desrosiers
VP of Marketing and Communications
ndesrosiers@homewoodhealth.com
403.617.6193 

New BC Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Centre to Be Named Homewood Ravensview

Name and Logo Chosen to Reflect Local Indigenous History

VICTORIA, British Columbia: March 22, 2018—Homewood Health is proud to introduce its newest inpatient treatment centre – Homewood Ravensview, located on the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Homewood Ravensview is a world-class centre for those seeking immediate treatment for mental health, addiction and concurrent conditions. Medically-led, evidence-based programs at Ravensview are provided by an expert team of medical and clinical professionals including psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, psychologists, nurses and specialized therapists.

The name Ravensview is inspired by the history of the land on which the centre is located. Homewood Ravensview sits atop a mountain known as ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ or ‘place of refuge’ and is very significant in the history and culture of Saanich area First Nations.

For thousands of years, local elders have passed down the story of the Great Flood in the region and the ancestors who survived it. During the flood, thought to have occurred over 10,000 years ago, ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ was where the ancestors tied their boats to an arbutus tree atop the mountain. After many days, a raven brought a symbol of hope – a twig – to the stranded people, showing that the flood had ended. When the survivors came down from the mountain, they were named WSÁNEĆ or the emerging people.

“We were inspired by this story and the symbolic importance of the mountain” said Jagoda Pike, President and CEO of Homewood Health. “The name Homewood Ravensview draws on the history of the mountain as a place of refuge,” contiunes Pike. “ And we are committed to honoring this location and the commmuity with our mission to help and bring hope to people in need.”

Homewood worked with well-known local artist Chris Paul of the Tsartlip Nation, who designed the illustration seen in the logo (below). Moved by the story of the mountain and the spectacular natural surroundings of Homewood Ravensview, Paul says the design of the logo became obvious. The resulting illustration ties directly back to the story of the great flood – featuring rising water, the mountain, and the raven.

Media Contact:

Nichole Desrosiers
VP of Marketing and Communications
ndesrosiers@homewoodhealth.com
403.617.6193