Opinion: Public-private sectors collaborate to help vulnerable patients (HUB)

A new, innovative, health-care facility is under construction and slated to open this spring at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. It will have a positive impact on the lives of people with mental-health and substance-use challenges.

And it shows how business, police, public health care and different levels of government can quickly mobilize to make a difference.

The facility is called HUB. It’s the first of its kind in Western Canada. The $3.5-million centre, which consists of two re-deployable, sophisticated units next to St. Paul’s Emergency Department, combines emergency care, rapid-access treatment and transition services for patients with mental-health and/or substance-use challenges.

Adam Palmer and Dr. Bill MacEwan write

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