Who: Longo Family Foundation
What: The charity has donated $5 million to Trillium Health Partners (THP) to support the redesign of mental health care at the hospital network’s research arm, the Institute for Better Health.
THP said the funds from the Longo Family Foundation will enable it to plan new models of care focused on prevention, early detection, equitable access and patient-centered treatment.
A portion of the donation will also support the development of mental inpatient services as part of the new Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital.
"It's our Foundation's mission to ensure we invest in health care – including mental health – to make our communities stronger. We know that COVID has highlighted social disparities and increased the need for mental health care. That's why we're delighted to support a redesign of Trillium Health Partners' mental health program and modern new hospital spaces to provide the care our growing community needs and deserves," said Rosanne Longo, Longo's spokesperson and brand ambassador, in a statement.
THP envisions a redesign of the existing mental health system alongside community partners, especially primary care practitioners, to enable equitable access, timely treatment and compassionate support.
The Institute for Better Health will work alongside providers, patients and caregivers to co-design, implement and evaluate new models of care to address existing barriers and system issues.
"Trillium Health Partners faces growing challenges to meet the mental health needs of the region,” THP president and CEO Caroline Riseboro added. “Thanks to this investment from Longo Family Foundation, clinicians from our Mental Health Program and scientists from the Institute for Better Health will collaborate with patients and their families, mental health providers in the community and other organizations to contribute to the design of more comprehensive, and equitable system of mental health care for the best possible outcomes."