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St Boniface Hospital’s McEwen Building needs help to continue helping thousands

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The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation wants to make upgrades to the Psychiatry McEwen Building. File / Global Winnipeg

The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation is trying to raise $1.6 million to upgrade its Psychiatry McEwen Building.

The Foundation is asking donors to help it make vital upgrades for a better healing environment for patients with mental illness.

“It is a bit depressing, a bit sad,” says Dawn Biernes, who was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder and borderline personality disorder at age 27, and has been receiving treatment at St. Boniface for years.

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“They’re all squished in there together, there aren’t many activities to do except go out and smoke, it’s just not a friendly place.”

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Director of Inpatient Care, Mental Health, at St. Boniface Hospital, Dr. Michael Phillips, says they want to create a space that doesn’t feel like a hospital ward.

The Foundation says the McEwen Building admits more than 300 people annually, while the outpatient programs see over 14,000 patients a year.

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680 CJOB will be hosting the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation’s Radiothon of Hope and Healing in the Everett Atrium from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 15, 2019.

The annual event raises funds to support patient care, specialized equipment, and other research.

Potential donors can contact 204-237-7647 or stbhf.ca.

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