January 24th, 2019

// General Manager Robert De Clark Announces Four New Appointments at Homewood Ravensview

General Manager Robert De Clark Announces Four New Appointments at Homewood Ravensview

Leading interdisciplinary experts join Homewood's groundbreaking new mental health and addiction treatment centre in BC in advance of its opening in Spring 2019

VICTORIA, Jan. 24, 2019 /CNW/ - Homewood Health, Canada's leader in mental health, trauma and addiction treatment, welcomes on board four highly-skilled and accomplished experts to Ravensview, its newest treatment centre located in North Saanich, British Columbia.

Robert De Clark, General Manager of Homewood Ravensview, is proud of the talented team coming together to lead the development and delivery of the facility's innovative programs. 

"We are committed to supporting our clients in achieving positive outcomes, and providing medically-led, evidence-based care," says De Clark.  "Homewood Ravensview is committed to continuous, positive collaboration with the community and we're thankful to all the Islanders who have welcomed our presence."

Joining Robert De Clark and Dr. Lyn Macbeath, (previously announced as Ravensview's medical director) are the following new medical and clinical leaders at Homewood Ravensview. 

In the role of Clinical Director, De Clark welcomes Dr. Michael Berry R.PSYCH. Dr. Berry is a clinical psychologist with expertise in a variety of evidence-based assessments and treatments used to address mood/anxiety disorders, addictive behaviours, personality disorders and family issues. The clinical approach Dr. Berry uses is humanistic and integrative, taking a highly compassionate, down-to-earth approach, using humour, warmth, and evidence-based practices to help people.

Appointed to the role of lead psychiatrist is Dr. Kiri Simms BSCN, MD, FRCP(C). Dr. Simms is a renowned psychiatrist in BC and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and an expert in emergency and crisis intervention, addiction treatment, medical psychiatry and the treatment of anxiety disorders. Her previous professional postings include clinical positions at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health). As a long standing and respected member of the Victoria medical community, Dr. Simms brings her extensive local experience and knowledge to Ravensview.

Dr. Paul Beckett MD, CCFP, DABAM, FASAM, CSAM joins Ravensview in the role of Addiction Physician. A specialist in addiction and family practice, Dr. Beckett worked for a decade as an ER physician and also directed medical care at many addiction centres (Maple Ridge Treatment Centre, Creekside Withdrawal Management and Hannah House). For over eleven years, Dr. Berry also provided physician services to multiple BC Correction Centres. 

Alexis Winter RPN, BA has been appointed as Ravensview's Director of Nursing. Ms. Winter is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and a Master's Degree Candidate in Psychiatric Nursing who has extensive experience working with interdisciplinary health care teams in hospital, tertiary care and community outreach settings. Ms. Winter has also served as a director and the vice-chair of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia.

Homewood Health President and CEO, Jagoda Pike is equally enthusiastic about the Ravensview team.  "Our new medical and clinical leaders reflect Homewood's core values, and we are honoured to welcome them to Ravensview," said Ms. Pike.  "Their leadership and contribution to innovative program development will ensure life-changing treatment experiences for our many clients seeking a return to good health."

For more information about Homewood Ravensview or to learn additional details about the team, please visit the Centre's newly launched site: www.ravensview.com 

About Homewood Health

Homewood Health is Canada's leader in mental health and addiction services. With more than 135 years of experience, Homewood achieves outstanding outcomes through its national network of more than 4,500 employees and clinical experts. Homewood's complete suite of services includes organizational wellness, employee and family assistance programs, assessments, outpatient and inpatient treatment, recovery management, return to work and family support services, all customized to meet the needs of individuals and organizations. Homewood Health is redefining mental health and addiction services to help Canadians live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.   

About Homewood Ravensview
Homewood Ravensview, part of Homewood Health, offers treatment for mental health, addiction and concurrent conditions. The Centre is located on 28 acres of forested hillside on Vancouver Island's Saanich Peninsula and focuses on creating individualized client experiences. Homewood Ravensview features forest and ocean views from private and semi-private bedrooms, suites and welcoming common areas.  Homewood Ravensview is scheduled to open in spring of 2019 with 75 beds and will employ more than 80 full-time staff.

Please visit www.ravensview.com for more information.

SOURCE Homewood Health Inc.


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