Conclusion of an agreement for a new residential rehabilitation in the former Sault Star building

In an effort to secure a 20-bed residential rehab facility in the old Sault Star building, city council is expected to approve zoning changes at 145 Old Garden River Rd. Place next week.

Advisors will be invited on Monday to redesign the property, held by DiTommaso Investments Inc., from industrial to institutional.

The new residential management and secure bed facility, announced by Sault MPP Ross Romano at the end of May, will be managed by the Sault area hospital.

Wendy Hansson, president and CEO of the hospital, will appear at Monday’s meeting with Lisa Case, clinical director for mental health and addictions, to provide an update on the project.

The hospital will brief reporters on the initiative in an online session Friday afternoon which will be covered by Darren Taylor of SooToday.

Documents prepared by the hospital for its presentation show Dr. Nadia Bowen as the physician in charge of the new center.

Dr Bowen practiced at the Sault Area Hospital as a hospital physician, providing patient care in the SAH rehabilitation units as well as other parts of the hospital.

She was also part of the palliative care team.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Dr. Bowen completed her residency at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

She is known for her love of outdoor activities such as running, kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The new facility will provide “benevolent and adapted care to people 16 years of age and over who are seeking institutional withdrawal management, relapse prevention or safe bed support”.

It will be staffed 24/7 with a team of clinical and support staff including:

  • registered social workers and psychotherapists
  • registered addiction workers
  • Registered nurses
  • licensed practical nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • drug addicted doctors
  • support staff

No date has been set for the new facility to open, but hospital officials say they want it to happen as soon as possible.

Monday’s city council meeting will be broadcast live on SooToday starting at 4:30 p.m.

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