sandhu-familyNorth Vancouver: 200 hikers conquered the Grouse Grind on Sunday morning to raise $100,000 in the 2016 Grind for the Mind.  The fundraiser supports person and family-centred care for mental health patients at Richmond Hospital, a leading initiative in BC that embraces the fact that individuals and families have a critical role to play in health promotion and recovery.

“We made a commitment to raise $250,000 in 5 years for Richmond Hospital’s mental health services focused on person and family-centred care,” says Amit Sandhu, President and CEO of Ampri Group and Founder of Grind for the Mind. “But to accomplish that goal in 4 years is amazing and it would not have been possible without the incredible support from the community.”

The annual event is the brainchild of Richmond’s Sandhu family and their development company, Ampri Group.

“In 2012, my husband and I had someone close to us admitted into the mental health and addictions unit in Richmond Hospital,” recalls Reena Sandhu.  “For the practitioners in the situation, it was important for them to first treat and stabilize the patient, so involving the family becomes an afterthought.”

So the Sandhu family approached the Richmond Hospital Foundation with their concerns and the Grind for the Mind was born.

Dr. Reena Sandhu
Dr. Reena Sandhu

“Natalie Meixner, CEO of the Richmond Hospital Foundation listened to our concerns and connected us with Natalie McCarthy who is the Director of Mental Health and Addictions at Richmond Hospital,” says Reena Sandhu.  “Her team came back with a proposal for a “Patient and Family Centered Care Model”

The Patient and Family Centred Model is being utilized at Richmond Hospital and is transforming how care is delivered by actively engaging and collaborating with patients and their families.

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