Corporate donation means VGH mental health facility can be built (St. Paul's Hospital)

The total capital cost for a new mental health facility at Vancouver General Hospital is now fully funded, bringing what will be B.C.’s largest such facility one step closer to reality.

Bell Canada announced Monday it is donating the final $1-million to the $82-million Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Centre, named after the philanthropic couple that earlier donated $12-million toward its construction. The province contributed $57-million.

At VGH and St. Paul’s Hospital, emergency room visits for mental health and substance misuse have increased by 55 per cent in the past five years, reaching 15,450 in 2014. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Police Chief Jim Chu have labelled the situation a “crisis,” pleading for more assistance from the provincial government.

Andrea Woo reports

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