An innovative approach to mental health for rehabilitation needs
The new Saskatchewan North Battleford Hospital (SHNB) – Integrated Mental Health and Correctional Facility was designed and constructed under a P3 framework with Kasian as the Design Leader. SHNB features a new 284-bed mental health facility with 188 beds replacing the existing 156-bed facility, and a 96-room secure unit for male and female offenders living with mental health issues. This innovative approach for delivering mental health care also offers support to two separate groups of clients with significant rehabilitation needs. Inpatient beds range from being fully-secured acute, to non-secured acute, and to community reintegration units where clients live in smaller homes as they transition back into the community. Overlooking the beautiful North Saskatchewan river valley, clients have their own rooms and washrooms for quiet time or can join others in many of the naturally-lit common and public spaces.
Our design approach was to integrate required security into the design rather than applying security to a design. This integrated design approach has been proven to enhance flexibility, reliability, and safety. Close attention was given to all aspects of the design, constructability, and functional adjacencies to address both the physical and operational philosophies. The overall aesthetic of the space was designed to support all demographics and age groups of North Battleford.
We are absolutely ecstatic with the results from this facility. We’re going to be able to provide a second-to-none service for our patients. The patients are excited about coming in here as well as the staff.