David Thompson Health Region



October 04, 2006 13:00 ET

David Thompson Health Region: Alberta Hospital Ponoka is Renamed The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury

PONOKA, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 4, 2006) - To reflect its position as one of province's largest providers of comprehensive mental health and brain injury services, the Alberta Hospital Ponoka has been renamed The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury. In addition, the brain injury unit has been renamed the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury in recognition of the longtime area MLA who contributed significantly to healthcare in this province, to the development of this specialized campus and to the community of Ponoka.

"The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury reflects the facility's position as a comprehensive, high-quality medical centre with a wide range of services and advanced capabilities", said John Vogelzang, CEO of the David Thompson Health Region. "The Centennial Centre is well positioned to meet the needs of people from throughout Alberta and beyond into the 21st Century."

More than $100 million in capital was invested in this state of the art mental health campus in recent years. The facility is one of the most modern and progressive mental health and brain injury centres in western Canada, and it is well positioned to play a key role in support of Alberta's Mental Health Plan.

The new name references the history of the facility in the community of Ponoka and in Alberta; it recognizes its world-class brain injury program; and it communicates that this is a complex centre of specialized treatment and care, rather than a traditional acute care hospital.

"The new name of the facility will communicate the advantages and the beauty of its location," added Vogelzang.

"We are proud of nearly ten decades of service and achievements and we look forward to the continued growth and success of the Centennial Centre," said Rick Love, DTHR's Executive Director of Mental Health Services.

"The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury has a past filled with pride and a future filled with promise. We will continue providing the highest level of care to our patients and their families and serve our community in the best positive way," said Love.

For more information on the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury please visit www.mentalhealthexcellence.ca.

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